Come what may: Karachi operation will continue, says Nawaz

Published: March 21, 2015
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The prime minister said this while addressing the launching ceremony of the National Aviation Policy 2015 on Friday. PHOTO: APP

The prime minister said this while addressing the launching ceremony of the National Aviation Policy 2015 on Friday. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: 

Reiterating his stand of completing the Karachi operation, Nawaz Sharif has said he will soon visit the port city to personally monitor the progress made in the crackdown, which has significantly decreased kidnappings, killings, extortion and terrorism.

The prime minister said this while addressing the launching ceremony of the National Aviation Policy 2015 on Friday.

“Karachi will be made a crime-free city and the operation will continue to achieve the objective,” he said. “We are going ahead without being deterred by the incidents happening there. The crime rate of extortion and kidnapping is falling down in the city.”

Premier Sharif said the operation was launched with the consent of all political parties and the required resources would be provided to the law enforcement agencies to achieve the desired results. “The attraction of Karachi will be revived for investors and foreigners as well as the common man.”

The government, he added, was attending to the issue of Karachi regularly and he would again visit the city in the next few days to monitor the operation personally.

He reiterated that the Karachi issue had to be fixed come what may.

Sources in the federal government said the PM along with the military establishment had decided to accelerate the operation against MQM and other militant wings in political parties. Saulat Mirza’s statement and the government’s move to approach UK authorities on Altaf Hussain were just pressure tactics, as the government knew that Altaf being a UK citizen was not approachable, they said.

About the PM’s latest statement, the sources said the premier wanted to give a more serious and tough message to the people involved in disturbing the law and order in Karachi. They said the PM during his stay in Karachi would meet PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari as well to discuss the situation.

25-year plan

PM Sharif while addressing a delegation of PML-N lawmakers said the party was working on a 25-year vision to meet major challenges of energy, economy and terrorism in the country.

About the steps taken to curb terrorism, he said Operation Zarb-e-Azb had proved effective in dismantling the infrastructure and hideouts of terrorists who were now on the run. “I am sure soon the menace of terrorism will be eradicated from the country.”

Regarding the energy sector, Premier Sharif said the government was hopeful of adding around 10,000MW to the national power grid with 3,000MW planned to be imported from China and 3,600MW to be produced from LNG-based plants.

“This would be added to the national grid by 2017 so that PML-N may fulfil its promise of overcoming the energy shortage.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2015.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Azeema Shah
    Mar 21, 2015 - 6:32AM

    Thank you PM Sharif. I used to be a PPP supporter then switched to PTI believing they stood for something however after seeing your commitment ontaking on the Karachi mafia, helping Sindh by building long overdue motorway from Karachi to Sukkur, and most importantly not succumbing to the blackmail tactics of MQM, I am now a PML-N supporter and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the first PM with guts to stand up for Sindh. Recommend

  • Zafar Iqbal
    Mar 21, 2015 - 6:35AM

    well Done. Stay the course.Recommend

  • riz
    Mar 21, 2015 - 7:23AM

    PM zindabad. Please make our karachi peaceful n do not care anybody as people are with you.Recommend

  • Aysha M
    Mar 21, 2015 - 7:52AM

    Says a PM whose party doesnt have a single legislature from Karachi, he must consult the local representatives if he is sincere with the processRecommend

  • Zain A
    Mar 21, 2015 - 8:51AM

    My next vote for NS.Recommend

  • IMTIAZ SYED
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:42AM

    Fighting crime does not require consent of all parties. Like it or not crimimals have to be rooted out. Compromising with conspirators will not be forgiven by the nation as a small minority of criminals are destroyimg majority of Pakistan who are peace loving and law abiding.Recommend

  • avg joe
    Mar 21, 2015 - 10:14AM

    n league has my vote for life. being a karachite wasent really into N before,Recommend

  • Arifq
    Mar 21, 2015 - 10:15AM

    Model Town, does that ring a bell Mr Prime Minister? Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:23PM

    There should also be action on Uzair Baloch’s confessionsRecommend

  • Napier Mole
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:35PM

    For PM its a zero sum game where Karachi is concerned. An mqm free Karachi would resolve all the issues of this city. Such simplistic thinking is horrifying and revolting. It is ignoring the ground realities which mqm’s admittedly strong armed actions has often obscured. This is a city of over 18 million with no representative local government. It is administrative and governance vacuum which has given rise tio mqm and then later is militant wing. It is the lack of a locally manned police which kerps its citizens wary of the present police and rangers. It the lack of a decent transport system which makes its citizen resort to inhuman commuting. It is the lack of belief in the pie of government jobs which make them look abroad.

    You, Mr PM, are trying to please the industrialists by promising law and order but what are you promising the citizens of Karachi. Nothing deep, permanent or abiding, I am afraid.Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Mar 21, 2015 - 1:44PM

    One don’t need to b a supporter of certain political party to support operation cleanup in Karachi, every peace loving citizen must stand by & suppport the Gov, security agenciesRecommend

  • raider
    Mar 21, 2015 - 2:44PM

    @Zain A:
    If he manages to get clear himself from money laundering, abuse of power like model town incidentRecommend

  • pervaiz
    Mar 21, 2015 - 7:08PM

    Weldon PM sahib.Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 21, 2015 - 7:49PM

    Well done raheel Sharif if any good thing is happening there in Karachi it is on your part, you came up, you dared, and everyone is well acquainted with civil Govt authority for taking decisions of national security and foreign policy even civilian Govt lacking a foreign minister, mian sb is same to raheel as president mamnon is to nawazRecommend

  • Neutral Indian Observer
    Mar 21, 2015 - 8:34PM

    @Aysha M:

    It depends on how the vote was obtained. If it was obtained through intimidation, then asking the very same people who are intimidating makes little sense.

    Plus does MQM not frequently say crime is crime and all criminals should be punished? So do they mean all criminals EXCEPT for the ones in MQM?
    @Napier Mole:
    “You, Mr PM, are trying to please the industrialists by promising law and order but what are you promising the citizens of Karachi. Nothing deep, permanent or abiding, I am afraid.”

    Is law and order not something that even an ordinary citizen would want?Recommend

  • AK
    Mar 21, 2015 - 8:47PM

    Well done PM, please also remove the corrupt Governor who is facilitating the criminals. Don’t you have one competent person to become next Governor because even if you arrest the criminals, the current Governor will facilitate them in the prison.Recommend

  • Raja Islam
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:03PM

    @Aysha M:
    For controlling crime the PM does not have to consult with anyone especially the local legislators who themselves are bacers of crime and criminals.Recommend

  • Ridwan Khan
    Mar 21, 2015 - 10:02PM

    Mustafa Kamal and Nawaz Sharif are the best people to run karachi.Recommend

  • rkfromny
    Mar 22, 2015 - 1:57AM

    The man is saying as if there has even been a slight difference in the number of terrorists bred and trained in his country.. this is only for dumb public.. !!!Recommend

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