PM okays third phase of Karachi operation

* Operation to feature action against ‘hardcore’, identified elements
PM okays third phase  of Karachi operation

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday approved third phase of an ongoing security operation in Karachi.
The next phase of operation in Karachi would feature action against “hardcore”, identified elements, the prime minister told a meeting in the capital.
The meeting decided to give Rangers powers to control street crimes. Separately, the prime minister accepted the proposal of handing over the control of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
According to a Prime Minister’s House spokesman, the Ministry of Water and Power would write a letter to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister to this effect within two days. The letter would be written in line with the 18th Amendment allowing provinces to administer distribution and recovery of electricity dues. 
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had earlier asked the federal government to let KP take charge of PESCO so that the provincial government could tackle electricity crisis.
Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif had earlier said that he welcomed Imran Khan’s suggestion that he could end electricity pilferage in KP. “We accept Khan sahib’s proposal and invite the KP government to come forward and take control of PESCO from the Ministry of Water and Power,” Asif had said. 

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