Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Monday said that there was no need of a military operation in Karachi, affirming the government would back all decisions by Sindh government to control the prevailing situation.
Talking to the media at a local hotel, he said that law and order was a provincial subject and the federal government intervenes on the request of a provincial government only, adding that federal government has provided every kind of succour to the Sindh government so far .Kaira said that Karachi holds significance for all provinces since the situation in Karachi is directly linked with the whole country.
The Minister hinted at convening the Natioal Assmebly session to seek a viable solution of the situation in Karachi, adding that any decision regarding the Karachi situation would be taken in consultation with all political parties.
Regarding the Blasphemy Law, the Minister said that no amendment was in the offing on the Law, adding that some political as well as religious parties were trying to become champions of the cause by raising the issue in the media.
He said that the tradition of beheading people through ‘Fatwa’ (decree) should come to an end since only the state reserved the right to punish guilty blasphemer while the Blasphemy Law clearly defines punishment for the culprit.
To a question about 10-point agenda by Nawaz Sharif, Kaira said that PML(N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif has initiated a commendable tradition in politics with a letter to the government and it would augur well for the country’s politics.
He said that the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had constituted a committee to look into the demands by Nawaz Sharif, adding that all decisions of national importance would be taken in consultation with the political parties in the country.
To a question, he said that the government was taking measures to control soaring dearness and unemployment in the country adding that the government was forced to take some unpopular decisions in the larger interest of the nation as well as the country, asserting the government was ‘pro-people’ and never wished to annoy the masses.
About the US pressure regarding military operation in Waziristan, the Minister said that Pakistan government has never taken any dictation from anyone including the US.
He further clarified “Had Pakistan been taking dictation from any country including the US, the US would not have needed to ask Pakistan to ‘Do More’.
Kaira said that Pakistan was a sovereign state and no country could force us to do its bidding adding that the government would itself decide about the time and place of a military operation if it deemed a military operation unavoidable.