KARACHI: In a sign of the widening gulf between the PPP and Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, three PPP leaders on Monday hit back at Mirza, accusing him of playing into the hands of unseen forces and harbouring his exaggerated sense of importance following the temporary media hype.
Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Hussain Wassan said that the former home minister was speaking on the behest of others but he did not elaborate. Talking to media after attending a high-level law and order meeting at the Chief Minister's House, Wassan said Mirza was an "uneasy half-literate person."
Regarding Mirza's allegations against him, Wassan quoted a Punjabi saying, 'Na Chaer Malangan Noon'. Interior Minister Rehman Malik who co-chaired the meeting became emotional when a journalist asked about Mirza's allegations that he (Malik) had got alleged targeted killers released. He said these allegations were wrong and baseless.
He said the police and Rangers were conducting an indiscriminate operation in the metropolis. Malik said so far 44 targeted killers have been detained in the surgical strikes. He said the action has been taken against the Lyari gangsters and cooperation was being sought from the Balochistan government to nab fleeing gangsters there.
Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said that he had spoken the truth. He said those who harbour illusions to become leader in Pakistan should know that ordinary PPP workers like him do not own sugar mills and their sole asset was their sacrifices, imprisonment, exile and loyalty to the PPP.