Co-ordination Committee expresses strong reservations against lack of action against criminals involved in extortion and kidnappings for ransom
Federal Interior Minister Mr Rehman Malik held a meeting with members of the Co-ordination Committee of the MQM in Dubai. Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad was also present in the meeting besides Deputy Convener of the Co-ordination Committee Mr Anis Ahmed Qaimkhani and members Mr Raza Haroon, Mr Anis Ahmed Advocate, Mr Qasim Ali Raza, Mr Muhammad Anwar and Mr Tariq Mir.
Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mr Babar Khan Ghouri and Provincial Minister for Public Health Engineering Mr Adil Siddiqui were also present on the occasion.
Political and economic situation of the country came under discussion in the meeting, and it was agreed that the two parties would continue to make united efforts and co-operate with each other for stabilizing democracy and for the progress of the country.
The Co-ordination Committee showed its apprehensions to Mr Malik on the worsening law and order situation in Karachi and expressed its strong reservations on the lack of effective action against the criminals operating in the city. It said that the criminals were sending extortion slips to business persons and ordinary citizens who were threatened with grenade attacks at their business places and homes if they refuse to give extortion money.
The Co-ordination Committee informed Mr Malik about the killings of innocent persons if the ransom money was not paid to the kidnappers. MQM workers were being gunned down in incidents of targeted killings.
The Co-ordination Committee asked Mr Malik to take full action against the extortion mafia operating in the city and said that the government should provide protection to business persons and ordinary citizens of Karachi.
Mr Malik said that the government would take indiscriminate action against extortion mafia and other criminals and play an active role in improving the law and order situation in Karachi that is also the economic hub of Pakistan.