The Karachi Police Chief, Shahid Hayat, this Wednesday clarified that the Karachi police has never targeted the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) rather the police officers have concentrated and kept their efforts focused on crackdown of criminal elements in an indiscriminate fashion. In a statement at a press conference in Karachi, Shahid Hayat said that the black sheep present within the ranks of police were being taken to task whereas the local police officers were discharging their responsibilities in a professional manner.
He further added that the police force continues to face dearth of necessary gear including arms and vehicles. But he informed that the Sindh government has promised that soon bullet-proof jackets will be provided to the police personnel. The Karachi Police Chief told the reporters that the institution was facing numerous challenges and that only 27000-strong police force is inadequate for a population of 20 million. He said that the policeman who successfully foiled a bank robbery has been given a reward of Rs500,000.
It is not out of place to mention that leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) including its London-based Chief Altaf Hussain have time and again complained of their workers being targeted in guise of the ongoing operation against criminal elements. Altaf Hussain recently demanded the Pakistan government to take notice of the brutal killing of MQM members and supporters. “Unjustified arrests and illegal detention of innocent MQM workers, inhuman torture on them in detention and their extra judicial killings are a cause of concern for people who belief in humanity,” he said.
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