In a bid to curb the menace of target killing and lawlessness in Karachi, the business hub of the country, President Asif Ali Zardari ordered indiscriminate action against culprits irrespective of their political affiliations.
While holding a meeting with representatives of allied parties, President Asif Ali Zardari observed, “If the three political parties, the PPP, MQM and ANP, join hands in Karachi, there is no reason why we cannot confront and defeat the menace of lawlessness and targeted killings in the metropolis”.
Expressing serious reservations, leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) said criminals were not being supported by them.
In the meantime, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also exhibited concerns over killing of its activists and security situation in the country’s largest city.
As the coalition partners are busy in accusing each other of attacking their activists and political workers, the peace in mega city has turned out to be the most challenging task for the government and law enforcement agencies.
According to the keen lookers and observers, there may be a pause in ferocity in consequence of the meeting. They, however, were not positive for the better situation until all stakeholders agree to stop the so-called division of ethnicity.
President Asif Ali Zardari announced to establish a peace co-ordination committee comprising representatives of the three main parties to uphold constant liaison with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Home Minister Manzoor Wasan, removing any misgiving about operations against lawbreakers, target killers and extortionists.
In wake of the worsening law and order situation, the president ordered law-enforcement agencies to go after culprits and bring them before justice. The identifications and political affiliations of arrested must be disclosed before the masses, he directed.
Farhatullah Babar, the spokesperson to the presidency, said that it was the joint responsibility of all political parties to help completely restore order in the city and bring culprits to book.
The president said lives and property of the citizens must be protected and strict action should be taken against violators of law without any consideration.
President Zardari said criminals should be identified and indiscriminate action should be taken against them to bring prosperity back in the country.