Musharraf hails Rangers’ role in Karachi
In his exclusive talk with anchorperson Wasim Badami, Pervez Musharraf said under his reign there was no terrorism in Karachi.
“Though, there were differences between political parties, but we had contained them,” he said.
When asked who was in involved in deteriorating the circumstances later, the former president said there is no doubt that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) were behind the killings in Karachi.
11th Hour 15 June 2015 by arynews
He added that in Karachi every political party holds a militant wing.
In response to a question about Rangers raid at MQM headquarters Nine Zero, the ex-army chief said there is no doubt that “terrorists were apprehended from there”, adding, “Rangers is playing a balanced role in Karachi”.
“MQM voiced reservations for the barricades around Nine Zero were removed, but those enclosing Bilawal House were there in place then,” he added.
Referring to Zulfikar Mirza’s statement of issuing hundreds of thousands of arms licenses, he also charged Peoples Party with the responsibility of deteriorating law and order in the metropolis.
Asked about his affiliation with MQM while he was in power, Pervez Musharraf denied the perception saying, “It is misjudged that for setting right Karachi, I held a single party close and victimized others”.
The ex-army chief also rejected the possibility of taking up MQM’s leadership, as widely anticipated in some quarters.
He said that Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad also played a balanced role during eight years, while he [Musharraf] was the president and MQM a coalition partner in the center.