KARACHI – All Parties’ Conference (APC) with the slogans Sindh Aman Conference, under the umbrella of Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (JUP) and Quami Awami Tehreek (QAT), was held at the residence of JUP leader’s residence Allama Shah Ahmed Noorani on Saturday.
The APC was attended by the leadership of component parties.
According to declarations, the APC urged all the political and religious forces to join hands to bring lasting peace in the province by ending political differences. They should focus on the rule of law by providing security to the lives and property of the people. It was observed that all the political and religious leaders should make efforts for the elimination of all the militant groups from their parties. Urging the rulers to avoid delaying tactics in addressing the key issue of terrorism, the meeting also demanded the law enforcement agencies to make public all the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) reports of terrorists’ attacks and such cases should be trial in the military courts. “Terrorists do not have any religion, country or language and they are out only to destroy humanity. Therefore, it is the foremost duty of everyone to block the way of such elements.”
JUI-F, PPP and PML-N expressed concern over inclusion of MQM in the resolutions. JUI-F leader Aslam Ghauri expressing strong reservation on the resolutions boycotted the Sindh Aman Conference. During his speech, he said the JUI-F would not support any agenda which was not related with the discussion. He said the APC should not include the name of any political party in the resolutions. “Having reservations, we will not support such resolutions,” he added.
JUP general secretary Shah Owais Noorani terming the MQM a terrorist party, demanded to place ban on the party. Addressing the APC, he alleged that MQM is involved in various cases of terrorists’ activities and it should be declared a banned outfit along with the ban on MQM chief’s statements. He said the military courts should be functional as it will play a key role in eliminating terrorism from the country. Talking about Baldia Town factory inferno, he said about 257 people lost their lives in the incident and the case should be trialed in the military courts.
QAT leader Ayaz Palijo said Urdu-speaking people were being victimised in the urban region of the province. It is unfortunate that the political parties are targeting the opponents. The situation is serious and the provincial government should take immediate measures to tackle the condition. He said the Sindh chief minister should take all the political forces in confidence to get the situation improved.
The situation requires unity among the political and religious forces but it is unfortunate that a political party has demanded to impose Martial Law in the province, said PPP Senator Taj Haider. He said the political parties should play their role in strengthening Pakistan as it is the only way to get rid from the menace of terrorism. ANP Sindh chief Shahi Syed said party chief Asfand Yar Wali forced him to visit the MQM headquarter Nine-Zero. Rejecting ban on any political party, he suggested strict action against the terrorists.
Demanding implementation on the death sentences of terrorists, JI Sindh chief Mairajul Huda said government should provide justice to the victims’ families of the Balida Town factory inferno. The provincial and federal government would be responsible for further delay.
PML leader Ghous Ali Shah said the military courts were the need of the hour. They have to complete the task within two years for visible results. MWM leader Allama Ameen Mashidi said the 21st amendment had become the part of the constitution but some political forces were extending their support to the terrorists from back doors. Trial of the terrorism-related cases in military courts would help in resuming the confidence of the nation, he added
PML-Functional Nusrat Sehar Abbasi, PTI’s Naz Baloch, Sindh National Party, MQM-Haqqiqi’s Aftab Hassan, Sunni Tehreek’s Bilal Qadri, Sindh United Party’s Ghulam Shah and others also spoke on the occasion.
Published in The Nation newspaper on 15-Feb-2015