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No politics over Karachi security, vows Nawaz

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday vowed not to politicise a planned solution to restore peace to Karachi and hoped others would cooperate with the federal government in doing so.

The premier arrived in the provincial capital earlier this morning, a day before he was scheduled to preside over the federal cabinet session on the port city’s deteriorating law and order situation. The crucial session on Wednesday is expected to decide on a planned targeted operation against criminal gangs and armed militias of political groups, whose deadly turf war has ruined peace in the country’s economic hub.

Sharif held a meeting with representatives of all major political parties after arriving in Karachi, including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamaat-i-Islami, Sunni Tehrik and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The meeting was also attended by Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad.

Speaking at the meeting, Sharif stressed that he had come as the prime minister of the entire country and not just as representative of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).

“Karachi is the most important city and the economic hub of Pakistan. Unemployment will rise if the unrest in Karachi is not quelled,” he said. “Peace is imperative to bring foreign investment into Pakistan.”

The PM said that his government wished to restore peace to the city, and said he respected the mandates of all political parties. He assured that his administration was ready to extend all support to the Sindh government.

Earlier, the MQM and the federal government appeared to be heading on a collision course after news trickled in that an earlier invitation to MQM leader Farooq Sattar to attend the cabinet meeting on Wednesday had been withdrawn.

At a hurriedly called press conference, the MQM’s Rabita Committee (coordination committee) criticised the government’s decision to withdraw the invitation.

MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said his party was the only party that enjoyed the mandate of the people of Karachi and “Dr Farooq Sattar was invited to the cabinet meeting for the same reason.”

Siddiqui said the Sattar was later offered to meet the prime minister in a one-on-one meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, but the MQM had rejected the offer. “Dr Sattar has no wishes for photo opportunities with the prime minister and we reject the offer.”

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Sep 03, 2013 10:32am

The prime minister 's smiling photo shows that he would look around karachi to find another MOTORWAY layout for the CHINESE and the CENTRAL FORMER RUSSIAN states to make better business ties. and who knows he may have tube train for solving Karachi transportation problems to salvage from the old circular railway system, his first priority is to meet the Chamber of Commerce, shows he has a lot of business on him mind to make a lot of ways where BUSINESSES CAN FLOURISH and other things will take care of themselves in the good hands of the Interior Minister continous talking about what they would do until their 5 years woudl be over.

So God help all of US by your own mercy as the mercyless killings and lootings go on in Karachi under the watchful eyes of the local government and its representatives, Ameen.

Sep 03, 2013 01:36pm

Folks ...... A wise nation should cultivate a political spirit that allows opponents to cooperate without fearing an automatic execution from their core supporters.

Sep 03, 2013 04:47pm

I hope something good comes out of this visit!

KQ Bhutta
Sep 03, 2013 06:05pm

Our PM should be in Pak address, while visiting any corner of Pakistan. Should not be?

Sep 03, 2013 06:29pm

Why this is taking so long? this time will allow criminals to flee and return later on. Such a shame!!!!

Mohsin Patel
Sep 03, 2013 06:43pm

it is very pleasing to see the Governor and CM Sindh receiving the PM. PML never showed this protocol to PPP PM or President when they visited Lahore. Hope Shahbaz learns something though there is little chance.

shahid Kinnare
Sep 03, 2013 07:43pm

Never saw picture during previous Government of PPP. When PPP's PM or President visit Punjab both Governor and Chief Minister receiving them. what a courtesy by Sindh Province WoW!!!!!!

Sep 03, 2013 09:51pm

Karachi need more visit like that will be hopefully best for Karachi to improve its future conditions.

Sep 03, 2013 10:05pm

Karachi must be free from political activities also along with free from political parties must be allowed to work in Karachi......

MS Khan
Sep 04, 2013 01:35am

No Politics and PTI the largest party of PK not invited to the meeting.... yes No politics

Nizamuddin Aali
Sep 04, 2013 03:48am

II hope you are right Mr. P.M. We will find out within next few days. People of Karachi are counting on you

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Sep 04, 2013 04:55am

I wish all the major political parties, including MQM success in establishing peace in Karachi. As a Canadian-Pakistani I sincerely pray for an economically progressive and politically stable Pakistan!

Asad Khan
Sep 04, 2013 05:20am

Is PTI not part of Pakistan? Then why is the second largest party of the country excluded from those taken into confidence?

Sep 04, 2013 06:22am

MQM should be happy... federal government wants to do 'tat-heer relieving the party of their burden.

Sep 04, 2013 06:42am

@sja: Well said

Sep 05, 2013 06:41pm

Mr. Prime Minister, what you have done in Karachi is nothing more than politics... mere politics.... .