Karachi violence: 90 suspects held; CM calls meet

Launching "surgical" raids to check violence in Karachi, Pakistani security forces have arrested 90 suspects from different parts of the city.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2011, 23:39 PM IST

Karachi: Launching "surgical" raids to check
violence in Karachi, Pakistani security forces have arrested
90 suspects from different parts of the city, where an
all-party meet has been called by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim
Ali Shah tomorrow to discuss the law and order situation.

A spokesman for the Sindh government said today that the
conference would be held at Shah`s house and all provincial
heads of different parties have been invited to attend the
meet.

"The Sindh CM and Cabinet decided on having the
conference as we want to take all parties who are in the
government or in opposition into confidence while dealing with
the situation in Karachi," spokesman Waqar Mehdi said.

It is not clear how many parties would accept the
invitation to attend the meet as the two main groups -- the
Mutthaida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party -- have
more or less stayed away from recent government deliberations
on the law and order situation.

Karachi: Launching "surgical" raids to check
violence in Karachi, Pakistani security forces have arrested
90 suspects from different parts of the city, where an
all-party meet has been called by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim
Ali Shah tomorrow to discuss the law and order situation.

A spokesman for the Sindh government said today that the
conference would be held at Shah`s house and all provincial
heads of different parties have been invited to attend the
meet.

"The Sindh CM and Cabinet decided on having the
conference as we want to take all parties who are in the
government or in opposition into confidence while dealing with
the situation in Karachi," spokesman Waqar Mehdi said.

It is not clear how many parties would accept the
invitation to attend the meet as the two main groups -- the
Mutthaida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party -- have
more or less stayed away from recent government deliberations
on the law and order situation.

"So far they have not been able to launch any operation
in Lyari which is the biggest haven for criminals and
militants behind this violence," MQM leader Raza Haroon said.

Meanwhile, provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon
claimed that "foreign elements" are involved in the recent
spate of violence in Karachi and that arrested target killers
had disclosed this during interrogation, the `Express Tribune`
reported.

He said that some locals were playing into the hands of
foreign elements. However, now the law enforcement agencies
had been given clear-cut instructions to deter terrorists at
all costs.

He said that action was being taken against
extortionists, targeted killers, land and drug mafias and
other criminal gangs.

PTI