Formation of caretaker government and the law and order situation in the country came under discussion
Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf telephoned Mr Altaf Hussain, the founder and leader of the MQM, and inquired after his well-being. Mr Hussain thanked the prime minister and said that he was feeling well. Both the leaders exchanged views on the formation of caretaker government, the law and order situation and the overall political situation prevailing in the country.
Regarding the formation of the caretaker government, PM Ashraf told Mr Hussain that he would soon write a formal letter to the Leader of the Opposition. He said that consultations would also be held with the allied parties before finalizing the name of the caretaker prime minister. He said that the issue would be resolved with consensus and steps would be taken for making the general elections fair and transparent.
Mr Hussain said we all want fair and transparent elections. He said that the Election Commission should also be impartial and honest so that no one may point a finger towards it.
Mr Hussain also took up the issue of terrorism in Karachi and other cities of the country and called for effective steps to overcome the problem. He said that the strength of the police force in the country was not in proportion to the increasing population of the country. He said that strength of the police force should be increased on emergency basis in order to curb terrorism. He said that the police force should be equipped with latest equipment, weapons and vehicles to fight against terrorism effectively.
PM Ashraf agreed with the views of Mr Hussain and reiterated the position of the government. The prime minister also informed him about the details of his visit and meeting with the British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Hussain congratulated PM Ashraf on the success of his UK visit.