Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that restoring peace in Karachi is of vital importance as it is the economic hub of Pakistan. He said this while chairing a meeting to review Law & Order Situation at Governor House Karachi today. The meeting was attended by Governor Sind Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ibad, Chief Minister Sind Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Chief Secretary Sind, Director General Rangers, Inspector General of Police Sind and other senior Government Officers.
The Prime Minister was briefed that since September this year 63,475 raids and 455 encounters have been conducted while as 74 criminals (target killers and terrorists) have been arrested.
Prime Minister said that “Karachi operation will continue till fulfillment of its objectives”. He further said that “I stand by Police and Rangers and they should treat criminals as criminals and must not care about the criminal’s affiliations”.
Prime Minister directed immediate implementation of “Protection of Pakistan Ordinance” to deal with these heinous crimes and offenders. He further directed the law enforcing agencies and the Sind Government to shift terrorists to other provinces for trial so that safety of prosecutors and witnesses is ensured.
During the meeting, Prime Minister was updated that request for establishment of new Anti-terrorism Courts and appointment of new Judges has been sent to Chief Justice Sind High Court. It was also informed that 41 proxy prisoners have been identified after NADRA verification and these persons were in prisons instead of the real criminals. CM Sind ensured that an inquiry would be held on this matter.
At this occasion, the Prime Minister said that high value and hardened criminals should be tried in other provinces and mafias inside jails should be dismantled. He further directed that all illegal Mobile SIMs should be blocked and biometric system should be henceforth used for issuance of new SIMs.