KARACHI, (SANA): During his first visit to the provincial capital of Sindh after taking oath as Interior Minister at the centre, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said Karachi’s law and order situation could not be handled in a relaxed manner.
Speaking to media representatives upon his arrival at the Jinnah International Airport, the interior minister strongly emphasised on the need to assess the law and order situation in Sindh, particularly in its capital, adding that he had undertaken the trip to enhance his understanding of the security situation in Karachi.
Nisar said it was the responsibility of the provincial government to ensure law and order in the city, but ways of enhancing coordination between the centre and the province in order to improve security would also be discussed during his visit.
Chaudhry Nisar said he was unaware as to who was spreading rumours about the possibility of imposing governor’s rule in Sindh.
Responding to a question, the interior minister said he would hold talks with Pakistan Muslim League-Functional’s chief Pir Pagara regarding the upcoming presidential election and seek his advice on the matter. Chaudhry Nisar Ali remarked that the city’s law and order situation could not be improved even after the new government took charge.
Nisar said that the purpose of his visit is to hold meetings with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and the heads of the federal security institutions to get awareness about the law and order situation of the city.
Nisar said that Karachi’s situation has its effects on the entire country and that is why it is pertinent to take control of the deteriorating law and order condition. He further said that the circumstances cannot be improved by taking the matter lightly.
He said that the PML-N has mulled over the names of the governors of the provinces and president, adding that the presidential candidate’s will be announced in new two to three days. He said that the names of the governors would be disclosed at appropriate time.
While answering a question regarding Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case, Chaudhry Nisar said that the British government has not yet contacted the government over the matter.
He said the federal government assures all out assistance to provincial governor to curb the unrest. “The law and order situation must improve in Karachi it could not be ignored since its fallout affects economy of the entire country,” Nisar said.
Replying to a question of possible Governor Rule in Sindh, Nisar dismissed the notion as mere rumor. “No such proposal is under consideration, however, the provincial government is solely responsible for maintaining law and order situation.”