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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - File Photo
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met with the prime minister on Monday and submitted a report detailing the law and order situation in Karachi, two days prior to a special cabinet meeting to be held on September 4.

Several matters regarding a strategy to restore peace in the port city were discussed during the meeting. According to sources, it was decided that the responsibility of a targeted operation against miscreants would be handed over to the Sindh government.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the federal government would provide all necessary support to the provincial government of Sindh in order to effectively combat the violence in Karachi.

During an earlier statement, the interior minister had recommended a committee comprising of political and business leaders to oversee the operation to ensure its transparency. Sources said the premier also requested Nisar to submit a list of names of all the members of the committee.

So far, the final names of the committee members have not been revealed.

The special cabinet session was earlier scheduled to be held on Tuesday but has been postponed by one day.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq termed the next couple of days to be “amongst the most important in Karachi’s history”.

“The government, opposition and all other parties are coming together in the quest for peace,” he said.

The meeting, aimed at finding a solution to the deteriorating situation in the provincial capital, will be attended by the chief secretary, provincial chiefs of security as well as the directors general of Rangers, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

The parliamentary leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the National Assembly, Dr. Farooq Sattar, has also accepted an invitation to the special cabinet meeting.

He intends to support his party’s appeal for army’s deployment in Karachi for surgical operations in metropolis.

The Pakistan People’s Party led Sindh government has requested Islamabad to permit Information Minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon, to accompany Sindh Chief Minister to the meeting.

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid had told reporters earlier on Sunday that the federal government would take all political parties on board over the peace strategy for Karachi.

However, at least two parties complained of not being invited to the meeting.

A spokesman for the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) said, “perhaps only those parties have been invited who are responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi.”

Senior ANP Leader, Bashir Jan, had something similar to say regarding the meeting scheduled for Wednesday. He said that the ANP, which has apparently also not been invited to the session, were doubtful of the government’s seriousness about bringing normality to Karachi, due to its “selective” approach.

Comments (3) Closed

Rez Sep 02, 2013 07:20pm

As the PPP is one of the parties being blamed of patronizing the Liyari/Aman Committee then it is not prudent on the part of Federal Govt to give the ownership of this operation to PPP.

Ash Mirza (USA) Sep 02, 2013 10:29pm

I think one of the toughest JOB for PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif is to bring the peace in Karachi. I wish him all the best... Inshallah he will succeed. Good Luck.

Ash Mirza

Syed MN Sep 03, 2013 12:37am

People's party government in Sindh has been trying to control law and order in the province with the help of police and rangers for the last five years with zero result. Day by day it is getting difficult to live and carry business in this city. Why waste time more time in repeating the same experiment. At last sensible suggestion has come from MQM to hand over Karachi to army to restore law and order and normalcy in this only port of the country. Government should grab this opportunity before MQM backs out from their stand. Hand over Karachi to army immediately for five years. The other alternative could be dismiss Sindh Government and the Governor and initiate governor rule and appoint a seasoned Army General as governor with mandate to restore order in city with the help of civil armed forces. Central government and Sindh government is requested not to play politics with life and property of Karachites