PM asks PPP, MQM to work together for peace in Karachi
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (Friday) chaired a high-level meeting at Governor House to review law and order situation in Karachi, media reported.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, members of Sindh cabinet, and heads of law enforcing departments participatid in the meeting.
During meeting, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah told the Prime Minister that swift implementation of National Action Plan against terrorism has commenced with establishment of four committees. Scrutiny process has also started to forward terrorism-relat- ed cases to military court.
The Chief Minister stated that law and order situation has improved in the city. Rangers and police have sacrificed their lives to maintain law and order in Karachi.
The Prime Minister expressed determination to to root out terrorism from the troubled metropolis.
Giving his remarks on ongoing standoff between Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), PM Nawaz Sharif said that harmony between the two parties is vital for Karachi`s betterment. All the issues should be resolved at the provincial level, he added.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also met family of murdered MQM workers Sohail Ahmad, Fraz Alam and Rehan at the Governor House where MQM members including Qamar Mansoor, Babar Ghauri, Farooq Sattar and Haider Abbas Raza were also present.
Nawaz Sharif expressed condolences with the bereaved families and assured that justice will be provided at any cost. A city of 18 million people, Karachi is home to Pakistan`s main port, stock exchange and central bank. And yet it is one of the most violent places in the South Asian nation, torn apart by ethnic, political and sectarian tensions and gangland rivalries. Karachi generates 25 percent of Pakistan s economy and presents a major challenge to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he tries to bring law and order to the chaotic financial hub.