ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday asked Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan to accelerate the peace process with the terrorists.
Prime Minister Nawaz said the Karachi operation against miscreants and criminals will continue until the restoration of peace in the city. Talking to Interior Minister Nisar at the PM House, Nawaz appreciated the operation being carried out against criminals in the port city. He said the operation will continue as the government was fully committed to restoring peace in the city. Nisar briefed the prime minister about the progress in talks with the Taliban.
The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the targeted operation in Karachi. Nisar apprised the premier of the arrests and the successful operations carried out by the law enforcement agencies against criminals in order to rid the city of the menace of lawlessness and ensure enduring peace. The prime minister was told that the Karachi operation had entered its third phase and new areas in the metropolis had been identified. Nawaz expressed satisfaction over raids on criminals and said it should be continued until complete peace and tranquility were restored in the city.
Separately, the interior minister briefed the premier on talks with militant organisation Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The federal cabinet had earlier empowered Rangers to lead a targeted operation in the city with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies in hundreds of lists for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism.
Karachi is home to multiple conflicts that frequently turn violent, including gang wars and ethnic and political rivalries. Militants are said to use the city as a hiding place and a source of funds obtained through bank heists, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. Separately, German Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday and discussed matters of bilateral interests. The German chancellor also invited the prime minister to visit Germany in the near future.
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