ISLAMABAD Taking steps to crush elements involved in target killing, the government is reportedly going to empower Rangers under Anti-Terrorist Act to control law and order situation in Karachi. Source in the Interior Ministry told that Rangers would be given extra powers in most troubled 26 police stations of Karachi under ATA while in other jurisdictions Rangers would assist the Sindh Police. He said that the decision was taken in a meeting held at the Interior Ministry. CCPO Karachi Wasim Ahmad, DG Rangers, DG National Crisis Management Cell, Additional Secretary Interior Asif Nawaz and representative of law enforcement agencies attended the meeting while CCPO and DG Rangers briefed the Interior Minister Rehman Malik about the current law and order situation in Karachi. Sindh Police is directed to submit daily report regarding incidents of target killing and police progress in National Crises Management Cell (NCMC) of Interior Ministry while it was decided that the government would empower Sindh Police with motorbikes, bullet-proof jackets and other necessaries for effective patrolling in the city, source said. He further informed that during the meeting, it was also finalised that law-enforcement agencies would purge Karachi of illegal weapons adding that the co-ordination between Rangers, police and other law enforcement agencies would be enhanced. Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the government accorded priority to protection of life and property of people and in this regard, it would utilise all resources to ensure peace in the country. The Minister said stern action would be taken against the elements who were trying to de-stabilise peace in the biggest city of the country. Rehman Malik warned that those who were challenging the writ of the government would be taken to task and dealt with iron hand. The Minister said on the direction of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, he would soon visit Karachi to examine issues including security of the city. Meanwhile, the representatives of different Shia organisations led by Allama Syed Niaz Hussain Naqvi called on the Minister and discussed in detail the issues of Karachi.