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Curfew, operation loom over Karachi

PM rules out Army deployment in metropolis
New extortion group present in city: Malik
KARACHI: Sindh Home Department decided to launch an operation amidst curfew in various areas of Karachi adversely affected by the target killings. A high-ranking meeting under the chair of secretary interior, Arif Khan, contemplated the deteriorating situation of law and order and decided on many steps to ameliorate it.

The meeting decided to undertake search operation in various badly affected areas after clamping curfew in the areas.
The meeting was attended by IG Sindh, Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak, CCPO Karachi Fayyaz Leghari, deputy director general Rangers and DIGs of all zones.
Briefing the media after meeting, the secretary interior informed that various options had been mulled in order to deal with situation arising out of 3-day volatile rioting, arson, looting and ever-continuous target killings, and it had been decided to conduct strict search operations in sensitive areas; even reverting to such extreme measures as curfews if required, with the consent and advice of CM, Sindh.
Replying to a question, the secretary interior rejected the notion and need for deployment of Army in Sindh to avert any crisis, as there was sufficient volume of police and Rangers available.
He said that any area requiring curfews and /or operations would be decided after a complete report by concerned DIGs.
He also informed that so far 105 persons had been arrested, who were being interrogated.
Five of those arrested have been identified as required by various police stations in connection with target killings. An additional 220 culprits were arrested in connection with target killings, and massive weaponry confiscated from them.
He however refused to give any final statement regarding the political affiliation of those arrested, and also said that so far the issue of implementing curfews had yet to be decided.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gilani again made it clear that there is no possibility whatsoever to summon Army in Karachi urging some handful of elements are trying to create chaos in Karachi who will not succeed in their nefarious designs at any cost. While talking to host of journalists during his visit to CDA, Prime Minister said that we need to remain calm stressing all political parties to shun differences in view to pull Karachi out of the unremitting bloodbath.
“I have given directives to Rehman Malik to conduct methodical inquiry into Karachi mayhem”, he said. Regarding statement of Nabeel Gabol, PM said that his statement was personal and it had no link with party policy and in this regard Nabeel Gabol has been summoned to Islamabad.
He said the army could be called in to assist the civil government, but added “the political leadership of the country was able to contain it.”
Addressing the establishment of first Day Care Center by the Women Police Station of Islamabad police here Wednesday Interior Minister said that a new extortion group in Karachi has emerged which is acting in Lyari and Shershah.


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