Muttahida Quami Movement chief Altaf Hussain said here that if any sincere and impartial action taken in Karachi for the restoration of peace would enjoy complete support of the party.
He, however, cautioned that such an action shouldn’t be the replica of the 1992 operation which was initially started against 72 big fish but was diverted towards MQM and a particular community.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the MQM chief said that if a similar to that of 1992operation was carried out in the city, it will not only become a mockery but no desired results would accrued and hence the dream of having peace in the city would never be fulfilled.
Mr Hussain expressed these views at an emergent meeting of MQM Coordination Committee of Karachi and London, held simultaneously, on Wednesday shortly after a press conference of Federal Interior Minister, Chaurdhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Reiterating that peace in Karachi was essential for the entire country, he said that it was our desire that a sincere action aimed at restoring law and order, protecting lives and properties of citizens and bringing an end to uncertainties prevailing among traders and businessmen of the city, was carried out.
Referring to the Aug 15, 2013 eight-hour long police encounter that took place near Gulshan-i-Iqbal’s Safari Park, Mr Hussain said that he would like to present this incident as a test case for the Federal Interior Minister.
Recalling the incident in which brave police officials of repute – DSP Qasim Ghauri and ASI of Gulshan-i-Iqbal PS, Asif Hussain -- were killed while Gulistan-i-Jauhar’s SHO Malik Saeem, SHO Bhadurabad, Zaidi, ASIs Aslam, Imamullah and constable Azhar were injured by professional criminals, he said that although nine accused were arrested, the DIG (CIA) while addressing a news conference on Aug 27 declared them as innocent despite the fact such elements were involved in the incident and it was also proved by the footage of the encounter shown on private TV channels.
Endorsing the views of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan that sincere and impartial efforts were required for restoring law and order in Karachi, Mr Hussain hoped that the Interior Minister considering the Safari Park incident as a test case would order an independent inquiry into the incident so as know who possessed the key of success for operation to be carried out in the city for restoring law and order.
He hoped that the terms of reference of such a probe must be aimed at knowing the criminals behind the killing of the police officials, who were the patrons of the killers and how come the accused were declared innocent in mere two weeks since the occurrence of the dastardly incident.
Mr Hussain said that if the Interior Minister succeeded in exposing the culprits and their patron he would personally congratulate him.
Moreover, if the Interior Minister managed to unearth the hidden hands behind those declaring terrorists as innocent then his efforts to restore peace in the city would yield desired results, or else such an exercise would result in a fake operation and the criminals would not be wiped out.
At the outset, Mr Hussain demanded of Chief Justice of Pakistan ,Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, Justice Musheer Alam to take a suo motu of the news of declaring the accused of Safari Park incident as innocent and order an inquiry to expose the influential personalities on whose whim such brave police officials were brutally killed.