KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said terrorism is the problem of entire country and not just limited to Karachi.This he said while talking to media at Mardan House here on Saturday.He said, “We all should work together for elimination of the elements involved in disturbing peace in the economic hub of the country.”He said that responsibility lies on all stakeholders to support actions taken by the government against criminals in the city. He said that the issue of law and order is not so simple, adding that some internal and external hands are also involved in it. To a question about MQM, he said that all the residents of the province are Sindhi and we have worked together for the progress of Sindh and hoped that MQM will show the same spirit in future.      Earlier the CM offered condolence to President of Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh Shahi Syed on the demise of his sister and ANP leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour. He was accompanied by Senator Saeed Ghani and local leaders of the party including Rashid Rabbani and Waqar Mehdi.MEETING REVIEWS POLITICAL SITUATION: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik called on Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and discussed various matters related to the political situations in the province.It was decided in the meeting that cooperation among the allies will be ensured and all issues would be resolved through dialogues, a statement issued by the Governor house said here on Saturday.It was also decided that concrete measures will be taken to control terrorism related activities in Karachi and in this regard ‘zero tolerance policy’ will be implemented fully.The meeting also decided that no action will be taken without consultation of MQM in the province and the strategy of targeted actions against criminals would be expanded to improve law and order in the metropolis.All the three leaders also reiterated the resolve that all steps will be taken to make general election free and fair.  Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan telephoned Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Amir Haider Hoti.The governor expressed satisfaction that Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti remained unhurt in a suicide attack. He also condemned the attack.Moreover, the Coordination Committee of Muttahida Quami Movement condemned the dual killings of traders in the city’s Shershah scrap market, terming it a heinous conspiracy to sabotage peace of the city.The Rabta Committee said the entire city had been made a slaughterhouse where the incidents of assassinations of innocent citizens, important political leaders and renowned social personalities, have become routine occurrences. The Muttahida’s committee said at least 11 shopkeepers of Shershah Kabari (scrap) Market have earlier been gunned down for not caving in to the demands of extortions (bhatta), adding none of the killers was penalized as yet. The yesterday’s killings of Vice President of Shershah Kabari Market Shakeel Ahmed and a trader Iftikhar Ahmed, are meant to terrorize the trader fraternity, the committee noted adding, “But, the government wants to abolish all cases against the terrorists, instead of bringing them to book.”

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