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Dar says Karachi operation will continue

16 January, 2014

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KARACHI: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday vowed to continue the targeted operation in Karachi against criminals.

At a meeting with members of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he shrugged off the rumours about halting the operation in Karachi. "There is no plan to compromise on the operation," he said and added that the authorities were standing by the prime minister's word on restoring peace to the commercial hub of the country.

He said that the PML-N had paid the price when Hakeem Saeed was murdered and a state of emergency was imposed in 1998. "It was a bitter decision to take," he said adding this time, however, the clean-up would continue under law enforcement agencies.

Dar said that it was the responsibility of federal and provincial governments to ensure the safety of human life and property.He reiterated that the federal government was not rolling back the operation and said that this should continue to apprehend criminals no matter to which political party they belonged to. Earlier, the KCCI members requested the federal minister to continue the Karachi operation considering the law and order situation in the city.

Online adds: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said proactive cooperation between the chambers of commerce and the government would help the country come out of economic challenges.He was speaking at a meeting with the members of Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in Karachi on Wednesday.

He said the three major challenges the country was facing were energy‚ economy and extremism, and we have prioritised to work on these challenges simultaneously.Dar said the government was endeavouring hard to fulfill the promises it had made with the traders and business community.The finance minister said the government was sincerely working to put the economy on track as its economic vision was based on long-term solution.

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