Karachi: Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif today attended for the first time a joint meeting with the political and civilian leadership here to review the deteriorating law and order situation in the country`s biggest city.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said after the meeting that the political and military leadership would supervise the operation in Karachi together and no political pressure would be tolerated in a bid to clean up the city.
The meeting attended by the Director-General Pakistan Rangers, Corps Commander Karachi, Inspector General Sindh Police, former President Asif Zardari, Interior minister, Chaudhary Nisar and representatives of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Peoples Party and Awami
National Party was also briefed by intelligence officials on the situation.
The city`s deteriorating security situation and the ongoing targeted operations were discussed at the meeting and a briefing was given about the target killings that have been taking place in Karachi.
The Prime Minister, who chaired the meeting, approved the formation of a committee tasked with monitoring the targeted operation in Karachi which has been going on since last September.
By approving the oversight committee, the prime minister addressed?the Muttahida Qaumi Movement`s (MQM)?longstanding demand.
The MQM had alleged that the targeted operation by law enforcement agencies was unfairly targeting them.
According to media reports, Gen Raheel Sharif said the army is on the same page as the government in providing assistance for the ongoing operation in the city.
Sources also said that the federal government is serious about helping the provincial government about the restoration of peace in Karachi.
Action will be taken against banned outfits that are against the state, sources said.
Speaking to the media after the meeting with the premier, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that the party is fully supportive of the ongoing operation in Karachi.