Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited all political parties to give their input to restore peace and tranquility in Karachi.
Talking to leaders of political parties at a consultative session in Karachi Tuesday‚ he said law and order and economic development were deeply inter-linked as without peaceful atmosphere there will be no investment and without necessary resources we cannot tackle the challenge of security.
Mian Nawaz Sharif said he has come to Karachi with open mind as he has no political favourite and would listen to everyone who will talk about interests of the country. He said the country belongs to us and our future generations and we must work together to establish peace in Karachi.
The Prime Minister said the country was facing challenges in the realm of economy‚ energy‚ law and order and terrorism and we have to find an answer together.
He reiterated that the government will respect mandate of every party and the federal government would extend fullest possible cooperation to governments of other parties in the provinces in the interest of the provinces and the country. He said we made mistakes in the past and learnt from them and we have to move forward carefully. He said it augurs well that the change of government has taken place through ballot.
The Prime Minister pointed out that different proposals are being floated by different circles for addressing the challenge in Karachi including handing over of the city to the Army‚ to the Rangers and target operation. He said we cannot afford politicking on security and law and order as peace is imperative for progress and development of the country.
Earlier‚ Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah separately called on Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif in Karachi Tuesday.
The meeting came ahead of Prime Minister Sharif’s meeting with representatives of political parties.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) will not attend the meeting with the prime minister because they did not receive a formal invitation.
During his two day visit to Karachi, the prime minister is scheduled to meet representatives of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries, traders’ unions and media to make them aware about the government’s roadmap.
The prime minister will also chair a special meeting of the federal cabinet which will be held at the Governor House in Karachi on Wednesday (tomorrow). The meeting will review peace and security situation of the city.
Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid were present on the occasion.