Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Zardari chairs high-level law, order sitting

KARACHI: The obtaining law and order situation with particular reference to ongoing target killings in Karachi came under review at a high level meeting chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari here Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah besides PPP and MQM members of the Core Committee.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Sindh Senior Minister Pir Mazharul Huq (PPP) and IT Minister Raza Haroon (MQM) informed that in the meeting a Peace Committee, headed by the Sindh Chief Minister, was formed which would have 2-4 members each from PPP and MQM and would meet fortnightly.

Pir Mazharul Huq said various issues were resolved amicably. He said the committee would pre-empt the situation, take necessary remedial steps and share information with each other.

He said the President asked both the parties to sit together and work out a strategy in advance as nothing was achieved once an incident occurred. He hoped that in future there would be no possibility of occurrence of such incidents.

Regretting the recent incidents, the Senior Minister said the President and the Governor described the martyrs as children of Karachi and that they were all grieved. He said it would be wrong to label the deceased as being Baloch, Sindhi or from MQM or any other party.

He said the President described it the murder of humanity and no one should play political game on it. Pir Mazhar said it was decided to resolve all issues amicably to ensure peace, progress and prosperity.

He said that as per vision of President Asif Ali Zardari and MQM chief Altaf Hussain, an action would be taken to pre-empt an incident.

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