The worsening law and order situation in Karachi should be taken up in parliament so that a national consensus is to deal with the lawlessness, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Saturday.
Justice can only be served when the killers of innocent people are dealt with an iron hand and punished proportionately, said Sharif while talking to reporters at Karachi airport.
Those who have massacred the citizens of Karachi are intruders, he said, adding that all political parties should unite against the killings and that the city cannot be ignored due to its significance to the country.
A Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) delegation would visit Karachi soon, meet leaders of all political parties and urge them to unite on the issue of lawlessness in the city, he said.
“Parliament must place Karachi’s situation on its agenda on a priority basis and debate on it so that a national consensus is arrived at to deal with the lawlessness in the city,” he said. While he did not respond to whether the PML-N would support deployment of army in the city, he said that the government should adopt all means to control the situation.
Think before dividing
Responding to a question on creation of new provinces, he said that his party is in favour of creating more provinces, “if they would strengthen Pakistan.” Before creating new provinces, however, it is the government’s duty to take on board the existing four provinces and review the pros and cons of distribution of water, national finance commission and other resources, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2011.