The leaders of political parties were urged to play a role to stem violence in the city by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at a meeting held at the CM House on Wednesday.
The police and law-enforcement agencies presented the chief minister with a briefing on the current situation in the city and what they were doing to control the violence.
Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, Sindh Rangers acting director general Brig. Zaffar Iqbal, Inspector General of Police Wajid Ali Durrani, additional chief secretary Waseem Ahmed and CCPO Karachi Saud Mirza were present.
According to sources, the law-enforcement officials briefed the chief minister about the recent wave of target killings and stressed that the deteriorating political situation can only be resolved through political intervention.
According to sources, Durrani clearly implicated political party workers in the killings. "Around two dozen suspects believed to be involved in killing sprees have been arrested. A few of them are affiliated with political parties," he said. During the meeting, party leaders were asked to urge their political workers to show restraint and stop them from being violent.
Among other things discussed was a 10-point code of conduct signed by coalition partners, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP). Sources claim that some police officials termed the code of conduct as beneficial for controlling law and order.
The chief minister asked the law-enforcement agencies to remain alert in order to avoid further mishaps and take immediate action to avoid further escalation. "The police should concentrate on arresting those people involved in disturbing the peace and harmony of the city," Shah asserted. Regarding the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections, the chief minister said that they should be held in a peaceful manner and that no one would be allowed to cause any disturbance. He asked the police and law-enforcement agencies to remain on high alert.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2011.