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Sindh cabinet meeting expresses concern over target killing.

KARACHI , June 08, 2009 (Frontier Star) --The Sindh cabinet on Monday expressed concerned over fresh wave of target killings in Karachi during last one week, and directed the law forcing agencies to go all out to avert the killings of political workers in future, besides taking strict action against involved in these acts irrespective of their political affiliation. Some 34 activists belonging to different political parties, mostly Mohajir Qaumi Movement , have been killed in different parts of Karachi during last one week. The provincial cabinet, which met with Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah in the chair at the chief minister house discussed different aspects in details with respect to the fresh wave of target killings in the metropolis, arrival of displaced persons in the province, next provincial budget, and water dispute between Sindh and Punjab. Briefing the newsmen on the decisions taken by the cabinet, Sindh information minister, Shazia Marri said that the cabinet had expressed concern over the target killings of political workers, and decided to detail additional troops of rangers and police in sensitive areas, including Landhi, Malir, and Shah Faisal colony, former strongholds of Mohajir Qaumi Movement. " The police have arrested various suspects involved in target killings, and they are being interrogated", the information minister said admitting that law and order situation is Karachi for last one week had been unsatisfactory. She said the chief minister had called another high-level meeting on Tuesday to review the law and order situation in Karachi especially after the fresh wave of target killings. The chief minister, Ms Marri said, had urged all the partners in ruling coalition to play their role in maintaining law and order in the city. " The chief minister made it clear that those who are involved in killings and disturbing law and order will be dealt as per law", she said. The meting also decided to improve the monitoring system with the help of peace committees comprising members of the ruling coalition partners. The provincial home minister, DR Zulfiqar Mirza informed the cabinet members about the steps taken by the law enforcing agencies to maintain law and order. He said that the police was interrogating various suspects. Ms Marri informed that all the coalition partners had given written assurance to the provincial government vis--vis steps to be taken to restore and maintain law and order in the city. To a question, she said that ban on pillion riding was one of steps aimed at maintaining law and order in the metropolis. Some of the cabinet members suggested an increase in the budget for law and order in the next fiscal year., Ms Marri said. The information minister came hard on the nationalist parties, which had been opposing the arrival of displaced persons in the province, saying, " those who are opposing the arrival of the affectees from Malakand division, are anti-state". "I am not calling all the nationalist parties anti-state. I am calling only those, which have raised the slogan of so-called Sindhu Desh", she maintained. She observed that the displaced persons had left their homes for the sake of the country and the nation, and they should not be stopped from coming to Sindh. " The chief minister took the cabinet members into confidence regarding arrival of displaced persons in Sindh. They are not coming here at their will. This is just because of the emergency situation there. As soon as the operations are over, they will be back to their homes", she added. Ms Marri asked that hundreds of thousands of people had migrated into Sindh in past, why were they not stopped? Replying to a query, she said that so far the Sindh government had registered 12000 to 15000 displaced persons. She opined that the people of Sindh had rejected a negative propaganda launched by some national parties against arrival of displaced persons in Sindh. She said that merely 200 people had gathered at a sit-in against arrival of IDPs in the province at Kammon Shaheed, the border between Punjab and Sindh, which proved that the nationalist parties did not enjoy the public support on this issue. The minister said that the movement of displaced persons were being monitored in Hyderabad, Kotri, and other areas in order to check the entry of militants under the guise of IDPs. To another question, Ms Marri said the coming provincial budget would be poor-friendly. About water dispute between Sindh and Punjab, the chief minister informed the cabinet members about his talks with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on the issue. " I expect positive results of the talks", the chief minister was quoted assaying by the information minister.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Jun 8, 2009
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