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Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib arrives at Nine Zero

Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib arrives at Nine Zero
 Posted on: 5/5/2013 1
Terrorism has become a scourge and it is the topmost priority of the government to eliminate it
Expresses grief and sorrow on the killings of MQM workers in the bomb blasts outside an election office in Azizabad
Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib paid a visit to the MQM Headquarters Nine Zero in Azizabad and offered condolences on the death of two MQM workers and a young boy in two bomb blasts outside an MQM election office in Azizabad. The interior minister met Deputy Convener of the Co-ordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar. Member of the Committee Dr Sagheer Ahmed, the MQM election candidates Nabil Gabol and Adil Siddiqui and other office-bearers of the MQM were also present on the occasion.
Before arriving for the meeting at Nine Zero, Mr Habib went to the site of the bomb blasts and met the family members of the people who lost their lives. He expressed his sympathies and prayed for the martyrs.
Later talking to the media persons at Nine Zero, Mr Habib said that terrorism had become a scourge, and it was the topmost priority of the government to eliminate it. He condemned the blasts outside the MQM election office. He said that it was a historic occasion for Pakistan as a democratic system was being restored. He said that the government was making every effort to hold transparent elections.
Mr Habib said that the government was closely monitoring the situation in Karachi. He said that the prime minister had directed him to reach Karachi immediately for redressing the grievances of the affected people after holding complete inquiry.
Mr Habib said that he had talked to Mr Altaf Hussain on telephone and praised him for his national statesmanship.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Sattar said that the terrorists had established a state with the state. He warned that the attack on the election office in the close vicinity of Nine Zero was, in fact, an attack on Nine Zero itself.
Dr Sattar said that the caretaker government and the Election Commission of Pakistan must take a serious view of the situation if they were not helpless in tackling the situation. They should direct the law-enforcing agencies to take meaningful action against terrorists. It should also be determined as to who are the people directly challenging the caretaker government, the election commission and the law-enforcing agencies as they were creating hurdles in the holding of free, fair and transparent elections.
Dr Sattar said that the elections were approaching near, and it was necessary to lift the pall of fear. If the voters did not come out because of the environment of fear, the coming government could not be called democratic.
Dr Sattar said that if the terrorists were not stopped today they could target Khursheed Begum Secretariat.
He appealed to the people to come out of their homes on the polling day for casting their votes.
He said that the MQM had conveyed its reservations on the law and order situation in Karachi. The MQM had been informing the caretaker government of the activities of the criminals of the Lyari gang war.
Dr Sattar thanked Malik Habib for arriving at Nine Zero and expressed hopes that the government would take effective measures to curb terrorism.

7/16/2018 1:39:04 PM