Situation normalizing in Karachi : Malik

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that anti-terrorist wing of FIA has been shifted here to conduct proper interrogation of arrested suspects and maintain a complete record with the support to evidences.

He was talking to media after attending a high level meeting at Crisis Management Cell of Ministry of Interior.

This wing also has forensic experts and interrogators. “We will also establish GIT of criminals so that they cannot get away or get bail. We will make a proper record of these people,” he added.Malik said that law enforcing agencies would conduct surveillance of disturbed areas to spot criminals and miscreants in the city. We have also called for camera-mounted fixed wing aircraft to get photos and evidences against criminals and killers, he remarked.

He said that special squads of police and rangers have been formed to conduct targeted operation against criminals in selected areas based on the intelligence information to avoid harassment to general public.

“We are after the criminals and we will not spare them and take stern action indiscriminately against criminal elements,” he vowed.
He thanked the people of Karachi for supporting the government and providing real time information about miscreants and criminal elements through SMS to police and rangers.
“These young people were ready to talk and give proofs about the criminals and their activities. I salute them for their bravery,” he said.
The Minister hailed the efforts of police and rangers and provincial government for stopping the target killings since last night and said this is a joint effort.

He said the government wants to return the lights and life of Karachi which is a beautiful city. This city had a vibrant night life and they wanted to restore it. “I had done my post graduation from here and I know that Karachiittes used to spend nights outside and enjoy till 2 to 3 am on the streets.
“We are trying to revive Karachi’s life and maintain peace in this megapolis,” he said.
He urged the media to verify figures about the killings from the police or rangers before filing the news report. “We are setting up a desk for the media to provide verified information.”
Responding to a question about talks with MQM, the minister said that misunderstandings can be developed between friends and these can be removed through negotiations.

“We want to maintain peace in Karachi and talks with MQM will continue as this party has a clear mandate. We will not talk to others as reported in the media. MQM represents Karachi and we will talk to stakeholders,” he added.
He said MQM is not a regional party. it has legislators in Gilgit and Azad Jammu Kashmir. It is no more Karachi’s party, it’s a national party, he remarked.
Referring to meetings of PPP, MQM and ANP in Islamabad, Malik said that he has submitted the recommendations with the President Asif Ali Zardari and he will take the final decision.

He said the government has formed a committee headed by Labour Minister Syed Khursheed Shah and this committee will also prepare its input. What is important is to maintain peace in Karachi and for this purpose we will work together, he said.
He said that everybody has to work to maintain peace in the city and forge unity. Only then then can beat the criminals and anti-state elements, he said.
Replying to a question about calling in army, he said Pakistan Army is the national army and can be called if needed. At present, we feel that rangers and police can do the job.
Malik said that every decision would be taken democratically and by involving all political forces. President Zardari has been pursuing the policy of reconciliation and consulted all political forces on every issue.”He has becoming the role model for other parties to follow,” he added.
He said that investigations were moving forward with the help of information retrieved from arrested suspects.