Federal Home Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday said he feared violence in the LG polls in Karachi and Hyderabad. The home minister said that the conflict between political parties is worrying as two parties are in favor of holding LG elections and two are against. There are chances of clash between political parties on the issue of LG polls and the terrorist can take advantage of this feared situation. Without elaborating on the nature of the conflict, he added that a small incident could escalate into something more serious in any city. Sana urged political parties and the electorate to understand the seriousness of the situation and stressed the need to “diffuse the tense atmosphere”.
He added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the judiciary should consider the seriousness of the matter and find a suitable solution in the light of the Constitution and the law. Commenting on the possible dissolution of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly, the home minister claimed that security of lives and property of people and peace and order in the province was not the priority of the provincial chief minister. He said that KP KO forces were focused on disbanding the provincial assembly. Sana added that the recent incidents reflect that the KP government has not learned any lesson from the terror attack on Banu Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) headquarters.
He stated that the federal government is deeply concerned about the ever-deteriorating law and order situation in KP. He wondered that if the KP police were not safe from terrorist attacks, then what would happen to the safety of the people? The minister condemned the terrorist attack on the Sarband police station in Peshawar and expressed his condolences to the families of the martyrs.