MQM, ANP, PPP agree on ten-point code of conduct
Sunday, August 08, 2010
The three coalition partners in Sindh — the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) — signed a document of code of conduct in the presence of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday, vowing to maintain peace in Karachi.
The signing-ceremony was held at Chief Minister’s House. This was for the first time that the three coalition partners have agreed on a written document.
The ten-point code of conduct was signed by Adviser to the Chief Minister Rashid Rabbani from the PPP, minister Raza Haroon from the MQM and Afrasiab Khatak from the ANP. Interior Minister Rehman Malik signed it on behalf of the federal government.
The interior minister presented a copy of the document before the media during the prime minister’s press conference. Chief Minster Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Raza Haroon, Afrasiab Khatak, Rashid Rabbani, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Adviser to the CM on Information Jameel Ahmed Soomro and Adviser to the CM Waqar Mehdi were also present. ANP’s chief in Sindh Shahi Syed, party’s central leader Amin Khatak and others were also seen during the press conference. However, no one from the MQM attended the ceremony except Raza Haroon.
The code of conduct was agreed upon by the three parties in a meeting on Friday at the CM House. According to the minutes of Friday’s meeting, the coalition partners resolved that peace must be maintained for the greater interest of the country in general and Karachi in particular.
In the first point of the code of conduct, the parties resolved that extra care will be observed to make the political environment conducive.
They also agreed to assist the law-enforcement forces to take strict action against drug and land mafias and those involved in target killings.
In the third point, they agreed to form a coordination committee comprising MQM, ANP and PPP leaders and other stakeholders to promote peace and harmony in their respective areas.
Besides, they resolved to identify Taliban, terrorists, members of the banned organisations who have taken refuge in Sindh in general and Karachi in particular.
They also agreed to expose the Taliban, members of banned organisations and other terrorists and also assist the authorities to take action against them.
They would also cooperate in the ongoing drive against land mafia and encroachers.
Also, the parties will consult each other in case of any dispute.
Besides, the provincial government will form a high-level judicial commission to investigate the murder of MPA Raza Haider and all other people killed in target killings. Those found guilty, the document says in its ninth point, will be punished without any discrimination.
In the last point, it was decided that the government will compensate the families of victims.