Foreign elements 'conspiring against Karachi': Malik

Published: October 8, 2011
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Rehman Malik says that they have traced 20 million SIMs which are being misused by their owners or in unscrupulous. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Rehman Malik says that they have traced 20 million SIMs which are being misused by their owners or in unscrupulous. PHOTO: INP/FILE

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that ‘hostile overseas elements’ were bent on crippling the metropolis. “Karachi is our life-line and we cannot tolerate conspiracy against our economic hub city”, he said while addressing members of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) on Saturday.

He stressed the need for unity among all segments of society including businessmen and politicians.

“Our President and Prime Minister have fully endorsed our efforts to bring peace in Karachi and allocated funds amounting to Rs 5 billion for law and order,” Malik added.

The Interior Minister said that the situation regarding peace in Karachi had improved considerably but there was still room for efforts to further improve the situation.

Malik said that he will visit the metropolis every week to monitor the situation of law and order and added “there always remains a threat of suicide attack in sensitive areas including Islamabad”.

He assured the industrialists that a separate police force would be formed to maintain law and order in industrial zones of the country.

“Even the private security agencies could be hired in collaboration with the industrial associations to provide security to the industrial zones,” he added.

The Interior Minister said that Police managed to arrest 87 target-killers in recent months and it also took action without any discrimination.

Moreover, he said that over 20 million SIMs of mobile phones were traced which were either stolen or misused by their owners.

“We are also in touch with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to curb the menace of misuse of SIMs,” he added.

Responding to a question, he said that it was vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto that all political parties should get united to bring stability and integrity in the larger interest of the country.

Malik said that no political party will be allowed to take out rallies without permission of the government and added that the government fully respected the judiciary and would implement its decisions [verdict of the Supreme Court on Karachi violence].

(Read: Karachi suo motu: Verdict out)

To a question about the operation in Karachi, the Interior Minister said that zero tolerance has been adopted and the government has full support and has also taken Mutiheda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) into confidence in this regard.

“But at the same time, we also expect full cooperation from the business community to get rid of those involved in any kind of lawlessness or extortion,” he added.

Chairman of KATI, Ehteshamuddin also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the problems of the business community.

IGP Wajid Ali Khan Durrani was also present on the occasion.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • cautious
    Oct 8, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Why doesnt he name the source for these anonymous “hostile overseas elements”. These statements must impress someone in Pakistan because he makes them on a regular basis. Recommend

  • Oct 8, 2011 - 8:58PM

    i want to saye or education system is going very bed plz must help to us about education

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  • Sindhvoice
    Oct 8, 2011 - 9:13PM

    PPP is getting a big credit on implementing 18th amendment and they say they gave some rights to smaller provinces but what a irony that constantly federal minister Rehman Malik is interfering in the affairs of Sindh.And Why Mr.Babar Awan is coming to Sindh to handle local govt related issues?? Both home ministry and local government issues are purely provincial matters. No federal level interference is required. PPP is leaving very bad example by controlling matters of province from Islamabad,it seems 18 the amendment is nothing but a joke with smaller province.Without it’s implementation in letter and spirit, the people of smaller provinces wont get satisfied.

    Stop Rehman Malik and Babar Awan’s interference in provincial matters.

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  • Fortune Cookie
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:15PM

    After a long absence, the man is back. ‘hostile overseas elements’ are the ones creating the havoc in PAKISTAN. Mr. Rehman please provide the EVIDENCE.

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  • raj
    Oct 8, 2011 - 11:59PM

    Here we go again.

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  • MarkH
    Oct 9, 2011 - 10:19AM

    It’s always an extremely vague foreign hand that is implied to be revealed soon after the statement right up until the next vague foreign hand statement overshadows it only to repeat the cycle some more.

    The west is under your bed, in your closet and if you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and when you sit down the toilet seat is wet, the west got you again. You can run, you can hide, but as long as nature calls the west will always get the last laugh.

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