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Rangers to conduct operation in Karachi: Nisar

KARACHI:  A decision has been taken to immediately launch targeted action in Karachi against terrorists‚ target killers‚ kidnappers for ransom and extortionists.

This was announced by Minister for Interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan while briefing newsmen after special cabinet meeting in Karachi and two days of consultation there on how to address the deteriorating law and situation in the city.

A committee‚ led by Chief Minister Sindh, and having representation from federal and provincial institutions concerned and intelligence agencies would oversee‚ manage‚ administer and control the operation. The committee will meet at least once a week to review the situation and take necessary decisions.

Another operational committee headed by Director-General Rangers would meet daily and take necessary decisions.
Nisar said Rangers would lead the action and police will have supporting role. He said federal and provincial governments have issued necessary guidelines to empower Rangers.

The minister said there should be no doubt that the action would be under the leadership of the provincial chief minister as he has the mandate of the people.

Nisar said that the federal cabinet and high level meetings in Karachi took several decisions and some of them would not be made public. He‚ however‚ said these decisions too would be visible when the action is taken.

He said another committee headed by Zahid Hamid and which would include among others Prosecutor General Sindh and MQM’s Barrister Farogh Naseem‚ would review the relevant laws and make recommendations for their revamping.

The decision about the operation was taken in a special meeting headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the Prime Minister focused his attention to restore law and order situation in Karachi.

Responding to a question he said that, fake cell phone SIMs were one of the main reasons behind increase in crime. He said that soon the decision would be taken to block more than four million fake SIMs.

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