ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said some people had started de-tracking the Karachi operation, led by Sindh Rangers for two and a half years.
“While the successful operation should be supported, Rangers is being mocked and made controversial which forced me to pour my heart out today,” he said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad adding that the operation was being spoiled in the interest of ‘one person’ only.
He said the only goal we had was that, Rangers operation should advance with consensus. If Sindh government had any issue it should not be made public rather be discussed in meetings.
Nisar narrated the whole story how the Karachi operation started after demands of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other political parties to hand over Karachi to the Army.
“I had said the Army was busy on borders and in Zarb-e-Azb operation. We could not station Army at every nook and corner of the city. I took the issue to the cabinet and the other cabinet meeting was held in Karachi which was attended by the prime minister where after much deliberation all the political parties and military leadership were united for Karachi Operation,” he said.
He said former Army chief Gen (r) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and current Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif extended the tenure of the then director general Sindh Rangers Rizwan Akhter to lead the operation.
The interior minister said citizens of Karachi were witness of fruits of the operation and then media knew what were the circumstances before the operation and what are now.
He said he was amazed that how the Sindh government could go this far to safeguard one’s interest only.
“I would request the Sindh government not to make Karachi operation controversial,” he said.
Nisar said MQM had shown eagerness in Rangers’ operation.