No political bargaining on Karachi operation: Khurram

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ISLAMABAD, July 27 (APP): Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Kahn on Wednesday ruled out any political bargaining on the Karachi operation and said there were other forums for politicking.

“There will be no politics on law and order issue and there will be no bargaining on Karachi operation as politicians have number of other issues for politicking,” he said in a PTV programme.

Khurram Dastgir said after the 18th Constitutional Amendment the provinces were given political and financial autonomy but failure of the Sindh government year after year made the federal government to take initiative for the Karachi operation.

“But it was not done solely by the federal government rather all the political parties had endorsed and welcomed the Karachi operation.”

He said the operation had series of successes to its credit, which had also been acknowledged by the Karachi people.”Parties ruling the Sindh province in the past cannot shy away from the charge of poor governance and law and order situation. During 2010 to 2013, around five to seven thousand people were killed but the then government had least bothered about it.”

Khurram said even the Supreme Court in a suo moto case had pointed towards militant wings of political parties and had the parties concerned paid heed to this fact, there could have been no need for an operation.

He said the federal government needed no credit for the success of Karachi operation. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz already enjoyed confidence of the masses during elections of local governments, Cantonments and in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

“If other parties think that the operation was successful, let them take the credit. For us the credit of ballot box is enough,” he added.

He said the success of the Karachi operation was success of democracy and if any party had reservations it should raise the same in the Parliament and Sindh Assembly.

Replying to an allegation levelled by a Muttahida Qaumi Movement MNA about the availability of resources, he mentioned to Rs 55 billion coal power project at Port Qasim and Rs 105 billion nuclear power plant in Karachi.

“These are just two examples while numbers of other federal government sponsored initiatives are also on the ground.”

The minister said people were mature now and this maturity had been expressed by voters in the AJK elections who rejected bad governance and corruption and gave two-thirds majority to the PML-N.

“Chairmen of two losing parties even could not win as much seats as much political gatherings they had addressed.”

He said the PTI call for protests would also do no good to the youth because the party had already failed to deliver in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

“The ECP is complete now, so let us wait for hearing of references instead of taking to streets,” he added.