KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Mirza has said that maintenance of law and order in the province was collective responsibility of all the coalition partners.
“As the Home Minister I take all the responsibility and we are also deeply concerned but nothing could be done individually,” he said while addressing the members of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).
He said it has been his ambition, desire and determination to bring peace in the most populated city of the country.
“Normal crime is since independence when there was no existence of PPP, MQM or the ANP,” he pointed out.
The Minister said that present at least 60 suspects of target killings with affiliation of various political parties were in custody of the police and investigations were underway.
“Alleged target killers were also thoroughly interrogated by the Joint Interrogation Team (JIT),” he told the businessmen.
Referring to the complaints of the KCCI members and its affiliated associations, Mirza said that the government was seeking the help of all the coalition partners to dismantle the forces created hatred among the masses.
Regarding the mafia of the extortionists, the Minister was of that business community could also be blamed who succumbed to the pressure of the elements involved in the extortion and would not report to the police on time.
The Home Minister said that in the most of the cases, internal factors were involved in the law and order situation and suggested the business community to help the government in law and order.
He further urged the KCCI members to come forward and assist the provincial government in procurement of vehicles and other necessary equipment as it lacks resources to fulfill all the budgetary demands of the Police Department.
“Due to the recent floods, we have diverted funds for the help of poor people and it is right time for the business community to provide necessary funds,” he added.
Dr. Mirza, was also accompanied by Minister of State and chairman, Board of Investment (BoI), Saleem Mandviwala, CCPO Karachi Fayyaz Leghari and DIGs of other zones.
The meeting was also addressed by President KCCI, Mohammed Saeed Shafique who highlighted the problems related to law and order situation.