Govt not in hurry to launch Karachi operation: Nawaz

Govt not in hurry to launch Karachi operation: Nawaz

KARACHI: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that recruitments had been made inSindh Police on political basis making it easy for persons involved in criminal activities to get themselves released after obtaining bail.

He said that the government was not in a hurry to launch operation in Karachi. He said that the federal government wants to take PPP and MQM on board regarding the situation.

This Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was presiding over the meeting of the federal cabinet over the law and order situation in Karachi at the Governor’s House on Wednesday. The meeting was also attended by the Provincial Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

The premier further said that the common man and the business community had lost faith in the police and that state institutions had failed to restore peace in the city. He said that handing Karachi over to the army was a long-shot. He said that the officers of the water have been inducted in the police department, adding chief minister could clarify this allegation. Nawaz Sharif said that the problem of Karachi would not be resolved by taking pain killer, adding that the PML-N wants to save and make progressive Karachi city.

Nawaz Sharif had also said that he hoped take the Pakistan People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement on-board.

The prime minister further said that he was in favour of handing over the control of the operation in Karachi to DG Rangers and asked then Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah for his opinion over the matter.

Shah also supported the stance of Sharif for a Rangers-led operation to restore the law and order in the port city.

He said that police force is not able to cope with violence in the city as majority of them were recruited on political grounds.

He said that all stakeholders would be taken into confidence before taking any practical action against miscreants who apparently seem more powerful as compared to law enforcement agencies.

He suggested Rangers should be given the responsibility to carry out the operation in the city as police are not capable to deal with the criminal elements and terrorists. He termed the demand for army operation in the city as too early.

The Prime Minister said that the government is devising short and long term policies to ensure law and order situation and a team of legal experts is reviewing the situation in this regard.

He said that neutral people will monitor the action to be taken for restoration of peace in Karachi.

The Prime Minister stressed on enhancing the capabilities of the police and law enforcement agencies.

He said that action will be taken against 450 people involved in serious crimes. The Prime Minister said that the government will devise national policy to eliminate illegal mobile phone Sims.

Meanwhile, Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Asif said the problems of Karachi were a cancer. “You cannot cure cancer with an aspirin.”

Federal Ministers called for immediate action in Karachi adding that criminals were being backed by political parties. Abdul Qadir Baloch said police and Rangers personnel with no affiliations should take action against criminals.

A decision to shut over 4 million mobile SIMS in the city has also been taken during the meeting and telecommunication companies will be given notices.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif while chairing the high level meeting of officials of law and enforcement agencies has ordered law enforcement and intelligence agencies to abolish the existing no-go areas in the metropolis at any cost. DG rangers’ has sought one month time and free hand for the improvement of the law and order situation of Karachi.

Nawaz Sharif ordered the concerned authorities to deal with the no-go areas in Karachi with an iron hand.

During the meeting, the members deliberated over the administrative and legal complications surrounding the law and order issue in the metropolis. Sources told that the Prime Minister discussed the joint strategy options while expanding intelligence mechanism to identify and find the accused also came under discussion.

Nawaz Shairf said that the Supreme Court’s order pertaining to Karachi law and order will be implemented in letter and spirit, and that the time to present excuses had lapsed.

Showing his concern over the situation, the premier said that he cannot keep his eyes and ears shut over the deteriorating situation in the city. He instructed the law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies to act promptly against the identified miscreants’ groups. He ordered the civil institutions to ensure action on information provided by the intelligence agencies.

Nawaz Shairf said that unbiased and strategic operation will be conducted to restore peace in the biggest business hub of the country. He further informed that decision to introduce reforms in the anti-terrorism laws has also been finalized. With the prevalent laws, its impossible to restore peace, he said. PM said that the extraordinary situation demands extraordinary steps.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid, DG ISI, DG Rangers, DG IB and Chief Secretary Sindh along with other relevant officials attended the session.

During the meeting Sharif also instructed DG ISI Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam to provide police with all required resources including latest technology, modern epuipment and intelligence.

Prime minister asked the chief of the country’s top spy agency about the problems faced with regards to extortion in the old city areas and the concerns expressed by Karachi’s business community in a meeting held a day earlier.

Lt Gen Zaheer told the premier that some political parties were involved in extortion activites and that 80 per cent of such cases were not reported by the victims.

Moreover, DG Rangers Sindh Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar informed Sharif that he had 9,000 personnel at his disposal to tackle the law and order situation in Karachi. He asked the prime minister for a month’s time and liberty to conduct a successful operation in this regard.

Maj Gen Akhtar also requested Sharif to ask political parties to expel all criminal elements from within their ranks.

Sharif then ordered DG ISI to cooperate with Rangers, police and other LEA’s in making a feasibility report over the operation to be conducted in the city.

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