On a surprise visit to marketplaces in the city, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon announced that militants had failed to sabotage the city’s peace and threatened to put criminals on trial “for their acts of injustice”.
Speaking to journalists on the eve of Eid, Memon said that the hustle and bustle of the bazaars in Karachi is a living proof that terrorists have failed in their nefarious designs to harm the city. These terrorists, he said, wanted to create fear among the city dwellers but the government would stop them in their tracks.
Memon added that President Asif Ali Zardari has spread his message of peace among the political and religious parties by offering a reconciliation policy. However, some miscreants are still hatching conspiracies against the country.
He also said that the government has taken positive steps to ensure law and order and the crowds of shoppers in the shopping centres showed that terrorists have failed.
Memon visited various markets in Clifton, Defence, Zamzama, Tariq Road, Hyderi, Saddar and Gulshan-e-Iqbal in Karachi.
While encouraging people to discuss their problems, he took a serious note of the price hike in the city.
He advised administratitive bodies dealing with price fixing to obey the orders of the government, saying that strict action will be taken against the officers found negligent.
He said that the Sindh Chief Minister had issued clear cut instructions to control the prices in a meeting called to discuss the issue. He said that it was responsibility of the administration to implement the CM’s instructions. He was accompanied by Senator Saeed Ghani, Deputy Commissioner South Karachi Mustafa Jamal Qazi, and other officials.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2012.