Talking to media in Karachi, Malik said that phone connections of 90, the MQM headquarters, were not disconnected on the directives of the government but rather it was a result of technical fault. He pointed out that PTCL is a private company and not owned by the government. He said that he was ready to go anywhere for talks with MQM. He urged MQM to apprise him of their reservations and resolve the issues through talks, adding that some misunderstanding did exist with the MQM. He said that the MQM had supported the government in difficult times.
The minister pinned the blame of violence on the gang war criminals alleging that they were trying to sabotage peace in the city. He called on the all the groups to disarm and go back to their respective areas, adding that miscreants and those violating the law
would be apprehended and dealt strictly with.. To restore peace in the city, he said, 500 FC officials would reach Karachi by this evening.
Replying to a question on the enforcement of the commissionerate system, he said that politics should not be played on this issue. He pointed out that the commissionerate system was in place in all the other provinces. MQM, he said should come up with their concerns on the system, adding that there was some room to make amendments in the comissionerate system through the assembly.
Rehman Malik appealed to all the groups to work together for the restoration of peace in the city. He said that Karachi is their own city and peace would be beneficial for all of them.