chi - Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza said on Saturday that neither Taliban are existing in Sindh nor any decision was taken to conduct operation against them.
Talking to newsmen at a local hotel, the minister said there is no truth in the reports about existence of Taliban or Talibanization in Sindh province, adding the Sindh Cabinet had never decided to carry out operation against them.
Refuting reports of expected operation against Taliban in Sindh, Mr Mirza said the Sindh Cabinet had even not discussed Taliban issue. Cases will not be registered against Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Jam Madad Ali and other opposition members, he said.
He said, "I had only talked at a marriage ceremony of arresting criminals, but Jam Madad Ali took my statement serious and termed it expected action against him."
I treat the Opposition Leader as educated and noble person and his statements that Mirza was threatening me are baseless, he said while replying a question.
Lyari became criminal area after being neglected of development and employment for many decades, Mirza said and added peace could be restored in Lyari with only development and giving jobs to the locals.
He said, "Previous government treated old Karachi or Kolachi Lyari Town as remote area of Thatta and never paid due attention towards development here, turning the area a criminals' hideout and raising drug addicts".
PPP-led government has started development process in Lyari besides giving jobs to locals at large level, the minister said.
An influential landlord of Larkana had occupied government forests of Ketti Mumtaz besides supporting bandits in these forests for kidnapping people, Mirza accused.
The landlord used forests for hunting while common people were stopped from passing through them and looted by the bandits on the behest of the landlord, he said.
However, now the PPP-led government had ended the occupation of the landlord on Ketti Mumtaz forest besides constructing two roads passing through the forest, he added.
A number of Sindhi waderas (landlords) are involved in deforesting by cutting trees, Mirza said, but, strict action would be taken against all these elements.
To a question, Mirza said the previous rulers committed so mistakes that it is not possible to correct them within first 100 days of the present government.
Referring to crime ratio, Mirza claimed media had also acknowledged decrease in crimes after PPP came to power.