KARACHI: Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed on Thursday arrived at Chief Minister House and met Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah.
The interior minister has discussed law and order situation in the province and other important matters with the CM. Both the leaders have agreed on launching operation against dacoits in Kacha area.
Rasheed is visiting Karachi on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan to formulate a security strategy for Sindh against the backdrop of recent incidents of violence in the upper part of the province.
He told the chief minister that he could seek Rangers’ assistance for the operation at any time, according to a press release by the Sindh government.
Earlier in the meeting, the chief minister said Pakistan, which was previously ranked the sixth most dangerous country in the world, was now ranked 126th, implying that the law and order situation had improved.
“Previously, we had to travel with a convoy, but the PPP-led Sindh government initiated an operation [against criminal elements] and got the highways cleared,” he recalled, adding that back then, the law and order situation had worsened to such an extent in Karachi that the city saw the emergence of no-go areas.
He told the federal minister that the law and order in Karachi was so bad that it had become a no-go area. “The whole of Sindh is a rough area from Guddu to Kotri barrage, with only five to six kilometres of dense forest,” he said.
“You are the interior minister, you can come whenever you want and we will work together. We welcome you in Sindh,” CM Shah told Rasheed.
Rasheed said the interior ministry will provide Sindh with anything it needs.
Interior Secretary Yousuf Naseem Khokar, DG Ali Nawaz, legal adviser, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah and Sindh IG Mushtaq Maher were also present in the meeting.
Earlier, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had visited Sindh Rangers Headquarters during his visit to Karachi to review security situation following the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Director General Sindh Rangers Major General Iftikhar Hassan Chaudhry welcomed Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on reaching the Sindh Rangers Headquarters. The Federal Interior Minister was accompanied by Secretary Interior Yousuf Naseem Khokhar during the visit.
He was briefed on the overall law and order situation in Sindh province including Karachi at Rangers headquarters. Suggestions for improving the law and order situation in Sindh also came under discussion.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Rashid said that Karachi is the backbone of Pakistani economy and we will ensure law and order here. Sheikh Rashid also lauded the role of Sindh Rangers in maintaining law and order in Karachi.
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