The apex committee that was formed to oversee the progress on National Action Plan, met in Karachi on Monday where the government decided to expand the scope of anti-criminal operation to other cities of Sindh, news channel Samaa reported.
But, Shia Muslims, who are leading Labbaik Ya Hussain (AS) Long March from Shikarpur and on way to Karachi, reject Karachi-like action. They demanded Sindh-wide operation should be in line with Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber-1 in which military and intelligence officials are engaged in counterterrorism war against takfiri terrorists.
Government took the decision at a high-level meeting that was presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following a briefing by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, DG ISI Lt. General Rizwan Akhtar and Corps Commander Karachi, Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar.
Samaa Correspondent’s sources said the decision has been made in the wake of reports that banned militant organizations are gaining a foothold in the province, especially in cities bordering Balochistan, and may create a serious law-and-order situation in the future
However, Shia Muslims pointed out the fact that no action against the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba that now calls itself ASWJ and its mother organisation of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, has been taken so far in any part of Pakistan, let alone Sindh.
Shia Muslims are of the view that government and bigwigs of Pakistan’s ruling establishment should abandon its policy of double standards and hypocrisy on the issue of Wahhabis-allied Deobandi takfiri terrorism. ASWJ is a proscribed outfit and its subsidiary LeJ is also a banned outfit. But, they remain untouched.