KARACHI: Ninety more suspects have been arrested from various areas of Karachi during search operations, Express 24/7 reported Saturday.
Over 20 suspects were reportedly arrested during a police operation in the Haji Ilyas Goth area near Liaquatabad.
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The suspects have been shifted to different police stations for interrogation.
According to Assistant Superintendent of police (ASP) Afnan, most people arrested during the operation were affiliated with drug dealers in that area.
Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the police and Rangers will continue the search operation until peace is restored in the city.
Restoring law and order biggest challenge for the government
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that improving Karachi’s law and order situation is the biggest challenge for the government.
He said this while chairing a meeting of the Council of Common Interests in Islamabad.
The prime minister said that the government will ensure the implementation of law and order in Karachi.
He said that the government believes in the policy of reconciliation and that it wants to strengthen democracy.
The premier also praised the council of Common Interests and termed it as the “best platform” to resolve national issues.
Furthermore, Gilani said that the political leadership can win the hearts and minds of the people.
Government should focus more on Karachi
The National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government should be more open about its ongoing dialogue with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
He said this while speaking to the media in Islamabad.
Nisar said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should focus more on the situation in Karachi instead of appointing “incompetent people” on important seats.
The opposition leader termed the search operations in Karachi a “charade” and also alleged that the government is protecting its own groups in this operation.
He further said that the government is more interested in creating an alliance with the MQM than stopping the ongoing violence in Karachi.
Government announces reward for identifying target killers
Earlier, the Sindh government had announced a reward of Rs1 million for anyone who provides information about the target killers and helps in identifying them.
On the other hand, the provincial government has announced Rs0.5 million for the families whose members had died in the violence.
The decisions were taken in a meeting in Karachi which was chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
In the meeting, it was also decided to cancel Eid holidays of police and Rangers officials.