The Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party (ANP), the two rival but coalition parties have been agreed to evolve a joint strategy for bringing peace in Karachi, the economic hub of the country. The two parties agreed to take action against every criminal without any discrimination, implementing over the zero-tolerance policy. An MQM delegation, which has been meeting political parties of the country calling for unity, met with ANP leaders in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The accepted the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) invitation to visit the party’s headquarters, Nine Zero, in Karachi. An MQM delegation visited Khyber Pakhtukhwa House in Islamabad and held discussion with the leadership of the Awami National Party (ANP) over political situation of the country. The MQM delegation was headed by Dr Farooq Sattar while Senator Haji Adeel led the ANP side.
ANP Sindh chapter President Shahi Syed was also present during the talk. Addressing a joint press conference after the meeting Farooq Sattar and Haji Adeel said they wanted peace in Karachi and would support action against all types of mafias. Sattar said that the ANP and MQM would jointly foil any conspiracy against Karachi.
He said, during the meeting, he apprised the ANP leader of the need to convene round-table conference. “All religious and political parties, even the armed forces, should come together at a round-table conference to formulate a strategy for the country’s security and survival… No single party is in a position to handle the situation alone,” said Dr Sattar. Both parties also discussed the Karachi situation and are trying to defeat those who are conspiring against the city, said Dr Sattar and added that the delegation also discussed extremism and the ongoing sectarianism in the city.
He said that he also invited the ANP leaders to visit MQM headquarters 90, adding that absence of government’s writ was the cause of violence in Karachi. Speaking on the occasion, Haji Adeel said that the ANP believe in non-violence” We take MQM’s move as a good decision as we also believe in table talk. We also talked about Karachi. There are around 500,000 Pakhtuns living in the city. We want peace there; we want action to be taken against all mafias, including land, drug and arms mafia.” He said that the ANP wanted action against all the criminal elements in Karachi and disowned all such elements. The ANP leader added that no criminal should be spared, whether he “wears a red topi”, or belongs to MQM, PPP, JI or any other party.