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Karachi law and order situation heading towards chaos: Ch Nisar

14 February, 2014

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KARACHI: The law and order situation in Karachi was heading towards chaos, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated on Thursday.

Speaking to the media in Karachi, the interior minister said that the ongoing operation against criminals needs to be conducted in an environment similar to that of the first three months of the operation.

The targeted operation started in the city on September 7, 2013 after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the metropolitan city in September last year in a bid to devise a strategy to curb violence.

Nisar arrived in Karachi on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to evaluate the ongoing targeted operation in the city.

The interior minister stressed that it was important for the federal and the provincial governments to work together to deal with the matter. Nisar further stated that the situation in Karachi was a national issue. "It is an issue of every citizen."

"The situation is not so simple, it's complicated, therefore, concrete and silent actions should be taken instead of loud media statements," he said.

To a question about the ongoing government-Taliban talks, the minister said "dialogue and terrorism cannot go together."

Replying to a question about MQM's reservations over police role in Karachi, he said "all institutions should work within the ambit of law."

Nisar said he would hold meetings with Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders to address their concerns over police and Rangers' operation.

The MQM blames police for extra-judicial killings of the party workers and collection of extortion money in the city.

Talking about intelligence agencies, he commented that their work and operations have become better and intelligence sharing has also improve

According to Nisar several operations in Karachi were conducted on the basis of information provided by the federal government. "Intelligence is being shared with all provinces."

Chaudhry Nisar told reporters the problem plaguing Karachi was serious and could be resolved with consensus.

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