KARACHI - Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen secretary general Karachi chapter Hujjatul Islam Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi has demanded the government on Friday that strict security measures be adopted for Muharram to protect the lives and properties of the mourners. He was speaking at a meeting at Wahdat House, MWM Karachi office. He said that black-sheep within the security apparatus were involved in the targeted murders being perpetrated in Karachi.“Terrorism, targeted murders and extortion have broken the backbone of Karachi, which is the economic hub of the country,” he said. Taqvi said that on one hand, people were worried due to poor law and order situation, and on the other the soaring prices of petroleum products and imposition of taxes had indulged the citizens into unstopped pain. “The suicide rate is being increased among helpless people in the country and the metropolis as well,” he said. He added that instead of sorting out problems, the ruling coalition parties were trying to mislead people so that the votes’ bank could be saved for the forthcoming elections.The MWM official demanded that security of mosques and Imam Bargahs and other places of mourning congregations of Shiites must be beefed up.He announced that an “Azadari Cell” would be set up at Wahdat House. He said that Azadari Cell would monitor overall situation during Muharram including the majalis and mourning congregations and processions.Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi, Maulana Muhammad Hussain Karimi, Asif Safavi and Asghar Abbas Zaidi would monitor the situation at Wahdat House. Members of the MWM will remain present there round the clock. At the MWM meeting, new members of the MWM Karachi cabinet took oath. Maulana Muhammad Hussain Karimi, Maulana Ali Anwar, Yasir Raza, Haider Zaidi, Asif Safavi, Wali Ahmed, Aqeel Abbas, Mubashir Hassan, Muhammad Hussain Jafri, Asghar Abbas Zaidi and a large number of MWM members were present on the occasion.POLICE NAB 31 SUSPECTS: Police arrested 31 suspected criminals including two absconders during the last 24 hours, a press release issued here Friday said.The police in its targeted action and raids arrested three culprits red handed and busted two gangs of criminals and recovered 21 pistols and two mobile phones. Cases were also registered against them.