Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that no political pressure will be tolerated with regard to targeted operation continued in Karachi. Prime Minister said that Military and political leadership to supervise Karachi operation. The prime minister called for improved intelligence-sharing when taking action against terrorists and criminal elements.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high level meeting on the law and order situation in Karachi. The meeting was held at the Governor house Karachi on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended among other by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General ISI Lieutenant General Zaheer-ul-Islam, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, DG Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhter and IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood.
Political leadership including former President Asif Ali Zardari, Senator Shahi Syed of Awami National Party, Haider Abbas Rizvi of MQM and Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman of Jamat-e-Islami also attended the meeting.
It was decided in the meeting that no political pressure will be tolerated with regard to targeted operation continued in Karachi. It was also decided in the meeting that political and the military leaderships will jointly monitor the Karachi operation.
The meeting agreed that no compromise should be made on the restoration of peace in Karachi. A proposal for giving free hand to rangers and police was also given.
The meeting discussed various options regarding blockade of illegal SIMs, removal of encroachments, and implementation of Protection of Pakistan Ordinance in consultation with all the stakeholders.
Prime Minister directed the law enforcement agencies to step up targeted operation in Karachi. “We do not want to see Karachi in darkness, nor do we want to see Karachi in shutter-down,” Prime Minister said. “The development of Karachi affects the country as a whole,” he said.
The premier directed to step up the crackdown against criminals. He also directed for transferring anti-terrorism courts to Malir Cantonment or some other safe place in the city. Nawaz Sharif said that country’s development is linked to peace.
Prime Minister said that all out efforts will be made to protect life & property of citizens. The prime minister directed that criminals and their patrons must be dealt with iron hands.
Nawaz Sharif said that no pressure will be accepted over the operation. He said the operation has not been against anyone, saying that the peace in the city will help the development of the country.
During the meeting, Prime Minister received a briefing over the progress of the Karachi operation being carried out. DG Rangers briefed the meeting on the ongoing targeted operation in the city.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for increased intelligence sharing to combat terrorists and criminal elements in the city. The prime minister asked as to why illegal SIMs are not being blocked. On the issue of criminals who have fled the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked why red warrants had not been issued. Prime minister directed to immediately issue red warrant to the accused fleeing abroad.
Prime Minister said that the provincial and federal governments are serious in their efforts to establish peace in Karachi. He also called upon political parties to come on the same page for this purpose.
The prime minister said all political parties wanted peace in Karachi and terrorists will not be allowed to take political cover. The premier said that the military and political leadership would together supervise the targeted Karachi operation, and that no political pressure would be tolerated.
While addressing the Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Prime Minister said ‘captain sahib you should be proactive and play T-20 “.
Nawaz Sharif said that operation would continue in Karachi till the presence of one criminal in Karachi, saying that it the first priority of the government to bring peace in the city. Nawaz Sharif said that morale of the army will not let decease.
While giving briefing on the occasion, DG Rangers, Major General Rizwan Akhtar said that there neither is nor need of military for establishing peace in Karachi, saying that they would control the situation if political forces supported them. He said that there are some loopholes in the law .which are causing hindrance in the operation.
The city’s deteriorating security situation and the ongoing targeted operation were discussed at the meeting and a briefing was given about the target killings that have been taking place in Karachi.
According to sources, it was concluded in the meeting that the ongoing operation is successful.
The results of the targeted operation in Karachi were reviewed and discussion for awarding punishments to the accused from the courts was also made during the meeting.
Sources also said that the federal government is serious about helping the provincial government about the restoration of peace in Karachi. Furthermore, steps will be taken to implement the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO), and a committee will be formed to oversee the biometric system.
Sources said the meeting reviewed how many criminals were arrested, how many of them were sentenced by courts, and how many no-go areas were eliminated from the city.
It was decided in the meeting that the agencies will share their information about members of banned outfit members and high-profile terrorists arrested by the law-enforcing agencies.
This was the first time that the army chief attended such a high-level meeting with the civilian leadership on the issue of unrest in Karachi.
The ongoing operation against the criminals began in September, 2013 when the premier had visited Karachi to formulate a strategy to curb the violence