Govt de­ter­mined to re­store Karachi's peace: PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Fri­day vowed to re­store peace in Karachi and said the op­er­a­tion against mis­cre­ants would con­tinue till its log­i­cal con­clu­sion. He was ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing here af­ter the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony of Rs 16 bil­lion Green Line bus ser­vice.

Prime Min­is­ter Sharif said the sit­u­a­tion in Karachi had im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly and the days of kid­nap­ping for ran­som, tar­get killing, acts of ter­ror­ism and street crimes were al­most over.

He said be­sides im­prove­ment in law and or­der sit­u­a­tion, the pace of de­vel­op­ment and progress had also im­proved. Nawaz Sharif said neg­li­gence of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments was the rea­son be­hind the grave sit­u­a­tion in Karachi. How­ever, he said, the peo­ple of Karachi would soon leave be­hind the dark days of killings and blood­shed and move ahead to­wards a brighter fu­ture.

He ex­pressed hope that the sit­u­a­tion would im­prove in the days ahead and said ev­ery step would be taken to bring back peace and tran­quil­ity in the port city. About the ground-break­ing of Green Line bus pro­ject, the Prime Min­is­ter termed it a his­toric day as the fed­eral and the pro­vin­cial govern­ment were jointly launch­ing the metro bus ser­vice to pro­vide fast and cheap bus ser­vice to the hun­dreds and thou­sands of peo­ple of Karachi.

He said the Rs 16 bil­lion pro­ject of 18.4 km long Green Line would usher in a pos­i­tive change in the city. He said it would in­clude over 11 km long el­e­vated sec­tion, with 22 bus sta­tions and would be bet­ter than the La­hore Metro ser­vice.

Nawaz Sharif said trans­parency and qual­ity in the pro­ject would be en­sured and the pro­ject would be com­pleted dur­ing next year.

The prime min­is­ter men­tioned that the work on Karachi to La­hore mo­tor­way was un­der­way, which he said would con­nect the dis­tant ar­eas of the coun­try. He said within next few year, Pak­istan would be an im­por­tant coun­try with re­gard to en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity. He said if the mo­men­tum of de­vel­op­ment work con­tin­ued with same pace, the coun­try would soon wit­ness an era of sus­tain­able pros­per­ity. He also ac­knowl­edged the in­ter­est of the chief min­is­ter and gov­er­nor of Sindh in the de­vel­op­ment projects of the city.

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