KARACHI: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani once again reiterated that the government will take all steps necessary to stabilise Karachi and ensure peace in all areas, Express 24/7 reported on Monday.
Gilani arrived in Karachi on Monday to chair a meeting to discuss the law and order situation in the city.
The law enforcement agencies including the police and Rangers officials briefed the meeting about measures taken to deal with the ongoing violence in Karachi.
The PM assured that the businessmen and traders in the city will be provided security from extortionists.
The Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) did not attend the meeting. ANP said that it will not attend any meeting until a line of action is decided upon.
The party's central meeting is scheduled for August 28.
Business community refuses to meet Gilani
The business community in Karachi refused to meet Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday after they were made to wait for two hours.
According to sources, traders and industrialists were scheduled to meet Gilani at 2pm on Monday afternoon at the Governor’s House in Karachi, but the prime minister was presiding over the Sindh cabinet meeting at that time.
The members of the business community argued that they are the stakeholders and the PM should meet them before chairing a cabinet meeting.
Death toll in Karachi reaches 8
Eight more people were killed in Karachi on Monday as the situation remained volatile on the seventh day of violence.
A body was found in a gunny bag from Ismail Goth in the Landhi area. Another person was killed when fired at by unidentified men in PIB Colony. The person killed was identified as Abdul Kareem Baloch. Earlier, another body was found from the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Area.
Four people were killed in the Garden Town area.
The nation’s largest city – which is home to approximately one in every ten Pakistanis – has been wracked by violence over the last week that has left scores of people dead. On Sunday, another 11 people were killed in different parts of the metropolis.