Nawaz discusses Karachi operation with Rangers
08 September, 2013
LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday chaired a meeting to review a strategy and modalities for a foolproof mechanism to rid the country, especially Karachi, of criminal elements.
The Rangers director general apprised the prime minister of the operational and strategic ways to curb extortion, kidnappings, terrorism and target killings in Karachi.
"Extraordinary circumstances require a sustained response from law enforcement machinery in order to restore peace in Karachi as policies do not change on a daily basis," the prime minister said. He reiterated his government's principled commitment to provide all-possible assistance to the Sindh government to restore confidence of citizens in law enforcement agencies. Nawaz also called for introducing amendments to the anti-terrorism law in accordance with the guidelines given by superior judiciary. He also issued directives to block illegal SIM cards throughout the country with immediate effect.
The prime minister was also informed about the recent targeted operations being carried out in Karachi. He appreciated the "rigorous efforts" being made to establish peace in the city. It was also agreed that the government and army would work together to tackle the menace of terrorism.
The prime minister was also briefed on other issues, including dialogue with the Taliban, policy against drone attacks, Balochistan issue and the situation along the Line of Control (LoC). Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani, and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also attended the meeting.