Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. — File photo/Online
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. — File photo/Online

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday reviewed the arrangements for the multi-party conference aimed at evolving consensus on a counter-terrorism strategy as well as the law and order situation in Karachi.

The interior minister apprised the prime minister on contacting political leaders for the conference which has been called for Sept 9. Prime Minister Sharif gave special directives to Nisar that all political parties should be offered representation at Monday’s conference which will discuss contours of the draft counter-terrorism strategy.

The conference will also seek views of political leaders on whether to go for dialogue or use state’s power to curb terrorism.

Nisar is reported to have contacted Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam - Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Amir Munawar Hasan and leaders of other parties.

Khan who had earlier decided to boycott such a conference has reportedly agreed to attend it.

Karachi situation

Nisar also briefed Prime Minister Sharif on the law and order situation in Karachi.

During Friday’s meeting, the prime minister said improved coordination between intelligence bodies and law enforcement agencies was imperative to combat crime in the country's financial capital.

The prime minister moreover said his government would do its utmost to ensure peace in Karachi and would not offer any leniency to criminal elements.

The briefing came a day after the federal cabinet empowered Rangers to lead a targeted operation in the city with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies in hundreds of lists for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism.

Karachi is home to multiple conflicts that frequently turn violent, including gang wars and ethnic and political rivalries. Militants are said to use the city as a hiding place and a source of funds obtained through bank heists, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.

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Shahid Khan
Sep 06, 2013 02:25pm

Ch. Nisar Sb., If you sincerely want this 'operation' to succeed, it should be controlled by the federal government. The CM and the Governor belong to parties who are part of the group responsible for the crimes taking place in Karachi.

Please also take necessary steps to revamp our police force. Rangers or Army cannto ensure long term law and order.

Azhar Hussain
Sep 06, 2013 04:41pm

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday reviewed the arrangements for the multi-party conference aimed at evolving consensus on a counter-terrorism strategy as well as the law and order situation in Karachi". How many more people need to die before we get our act together. Talk about incompetent bunch of leaders, May allah Help us.

Khyber Dar
Sep 06, 2013 05:47pm

This is Really a Good Lead Towards Progress by Nawaz Shareef...

John Syed
Sep 07, 2013 12:33am

People have voted the incumbent government (mr. Sharif) to lead and take action.Don't make excuses to seek multi-party mandate. These are lame excuses not to take action against your favorites or you are simply coward unfit to rule. Resign and pave the way for true leader.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE
Sep 07, 2013 01:40am

@Shahid Khan: The rangers and police are also part of the problem.

Nissar
Sep 07, 2013 02:04am

Use Power if you have or just talk for media

Syed
Sep 09, 2013 06:36am

Mr Nisar be honest and fair in your approach Inshallah God will help you. Sincerity honesty and patriotism will resolve this issue.

babar
Sep 09, 2013 10:00am

karachi situataion cannot handle with PML N