WEB DESK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday underscored the need for pre-emptive efforts with a view to forestalling the re-emergence of terrorist elements in Karachi.
The Prime Minister, in his opening remarks at a high-level meeting on law and order situation in Karachi, said the re-emergence of the violent crimes in the city of teeming millions should be dealt with in an effective and meaningful manner. He pointed out that the government is not complacent in this regards.
The meeting was also attended by Defence minister Khawaja Asif, Army chief General Raheel Sharif, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Sindh Home Minister, Corps Commander Karachi, director generals of Inter-Services Intelligence, Rangers and Intelligence Bureau, and Home Secretary Sindh. Nawaz Sharif said, “There will be no compromise on the law and order situation of Karachi.”
“The Karachi operation should have been initiated eight years ago,” the premier said during the meeting, adding that the decision to undertake the operation was made with consensus. “The federal government fully supports the Sindh government for peace in Karachi.” “The targets of the Karachi operation are very clear,” he said. The premier said business activities have picked up after an improvement in law and order and that foreign investment is being redirected to the country from abroad.
The PM expressed his disappointment on weak prosecution and investigation procedures that are being implemented in Karachi. Nawaz Sharif earlier met with Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah at Sindh Governor’s House. IG Sindh police briefed the meeting. Sindh Police Inspector General (IG) Ghulam Haider Jamali said that there are 2,688 cases under way at Karachi ATCs. “There were 66 cases handled during the month of November,” he said.
Out of these, 30 cases resulted in convictions while the remaining resulted in acquittals, he added. “Assailants involved in the attacks on Rangers and the Military Police personnel have been caught,” he stated. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also said on the occasion that the security operation in Karachi will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist in the metropolis.
In order to expedite the process of prosecution, 200 prosecutors have been appointed, he said. “The Sindh Police should be given access to APCs, additional arms and the NADRA database in order to effectively manage the city,” Nisar further recommended. He said an additional 30 ATCs are under construction. The Sindh CM also recommended that the apex committee should be summoned as often as possible. “The Karachi operation seems to be lacking the amount of support it initially witnessed when the operation commenced,” said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. He further recommended that all prosecutions be monitored by the apex committee. Nisar also commended the security personnel for their efforts, and stated, “Security personnel deployed in Karachi have made outstanding sacrifices for the Karachi operation.”
NNI adds: Expressing confidence over the results achieved from Karachi operation, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif said the operation is indiscriminate and apolitical and therefore will continue. General Sharif said Karachi’s security has improved as result of countless sacrifices and turning back cannot be permitted now.
According to sources, the Army Chief said at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that the Karachi operation will continue indiscriminately and apolitically. He said Karachi’s security situation has improved considerably. General Sharif said that this operation is against terrorists and those who support and finance it. He said the provincial and federal governments have to increase co-operation in the operation for it to succeed. The army chief further said peace in Karachi was achieved through countless sacrifices and nobody could be allowed to destroy it. He said the operation was aimed at terrorists, their financiers and facilitators, and had dismantled nexus of terrorists.
Source: Business Recorder