Govt rules out banning Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday categorically denied any proposal or even possible likelihood to ban the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party which has Karachi, the country’s economic capital and the biggest city as its political stronghold.

Talking to the media, following the inauguration of the Executive Passport Office in Clifton area of the metropolis, he said action against the London faction of the party could, however, be taken in accordance with the law of the country.

He also took exception to political parties creating hurdles in the passage of the National Census Law in the upper house (Senate) of parliament. “The parties adopting delay tactics do not want elections at the right time,” he said.

As for Karachi, he said its importance as the commercial hub of the country could not be ignored and to make it a world class metropolis the federal government had initiated a series of development projects for the inhabitants.

“The federal government has not financed any of the metro bus schemes initiated in different cities of the country; however, for Karachi Rs24 billion have been funded to get materialized its Green Bus Service,” he told a questioner.

The minister for interior also mentioned that Rs12 billion were being provided to help Karachiites get potable water, while the much-needed Karachi Circular Railway project was included in the CPEC project.

“The PML-N government has also ensured resumption of the Lyari Expressway scheme to provide quality facilities to the citizens.” he said, mentioning that work on the much-needed scheme is currently near completion.

He said the PML-N government in coordination with the provincial government and law enforcers had been able to restore peace in Karachi.

“We have arrived to a point that international events are being held here while sports-related programs are also being arranged,” he said.

Apart from the PSL matches efforts are underway to ensure that international level hockey matches and that of other sports were also played with due provision of foolproof security arrangements, the minister said.

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