Pakistan News: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday reiterated that peace in Karachi, the economic hub of the country, was the number one priority for the Federal Government.
“It is in the best interest of the country that peace and stability is maintained in Karachi”. He said “I appeal to all the political leadership of the country and our coalition partners to give priority to Karachi. This should be across the board”.
He was talking to media after launching the commencement of sale of plots at Pakistan Textile City, Port Qasim in Karachi, held at Sindh Governor House.
Governor Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister, Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and Textile Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin were also present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister said he had detailed discussion with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain last night. “I appreciated his support for PPP’s initiative of “Aman Rally”. I also appreciated Altaf Hussain sign and his advice to party workers for taking part in the rally”.
Prime Minister Told that “We need to follow this spirit to maintain peace in Karachi as it is vital for Pakistan”.
Responding to a question about law and order in this mega city, he said it was the primary responsibility of provincial government and the Governor and Chief Minister of Sindh are there to take steps in this regard.
The Federal Government, he said, was also there to give information and input of intelligence agencies to support their efforts. “We are even ready to help the province in its capacity building in the fight against terrorism. The federal government will endorse whatever decision they take in this regard”, he added.
The Prime Minister pointed out that it was impossible that this Award was not implemented in the presence of their own President and their own government at the Center.
He said there is a misconception about it. “I had also called the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) which took several decisions and we will implement that decision in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan”, he added.
Gilani pointed out that the nation was passing through an evolution process. “There is a media activism. Parliament and the Judiciary are also active and civil society is also vibrant”, he added. // APP