ISLAMABAD - Interior Ministry has constituted a committee under Additional Secretary Interior to investigate into the incidents of recent target killings in Karachi and put up report in one week, while appropriate powers would be granted to Rangers to deal with extraordinary law and order situations. The decision was taken during a meeting held here on Monday. Interior Minister Rehman Malik chaired the meeting while senior officials of Ministry of Interior, intelligence agencies and Government of Sindh were also present. Additional Secretary Interior Asif Nawaf would head the committee while representatives of intelligence agencies and Sindh police would assist him. DG Rangers Sindh, Home Secretary Sindh and intelligence representatives briefed the meeting on the prevailing situation in Karachi with particular reference to target killings. The meeting was informed that 256 target killings cases had been registered out of which 69 people were from MQM, 60 from MQM-H, 28 from PPP, 23 from ANP/others and 41 were miscellaneous. It was further informed that the areas, which have been identified as prone to target killings include Malir where 26 people were killed, Shah Faisal, 27, Landhi, 11, Baldia, 11, Saddar, 10, Jamshed, 09, Bin Qasim, 06, Liyari, 05, New Karachi, 31, North Nazimabad, 18, Liaqatabad, 14, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, 14, Gaddap, 14, Korangi, 12, Gulberg, 11, SITE, 02 and one was killed in Clifton. These areas were being notified under relevant anti-terrorist act section for facilitating special security/ investigation measures. The meeting did not rule out the possibility of involvement of hostile agencies using local surrogates and urged a close tag on their activities. It was decided that all intelligence agencies would share real time intelligence with all law enforcement agencies. A local committee comprising representatives of intelligence and law enforcement agencies has been formed which would meet on weekly basis for exchange of information and review of the law and order situation. It has been decided to take off Rangers from mundane police duties and shall be deployed for specific duties only. Rangers where called in aid of civil power would be given powers under the Anti-Terrorism Act to deal with extraordinary law and order situations. Appropriate powers with legal cover would be given to Sindh Rangers. Certain suspected areas of Karachi would be declared designated / cordoned for the purposes of search and terrorist investigation under the anti-terrorist act. An immediate ban has been placed on issuance of arms licenses. Proposals have also been sought from the provinces to exercise stringent controls and monitoring of arms licenses and weapons. To check fake licenses all provinces had been asked to computerise all licenses within four weeks. There would be zero tolerance for target killings and SHOs of respective areas would be held accountable for target killings in their respective areas. List of suspects have also been provided. Pillion riding would be strictly implemented. Police and Rangers would be provided 200 motorcycles for more manoeuvrability and patrolling in narrow streets. The administration has been directed to notify under ATA the custody of any suspect picked up in cases of target killings. The Minister has announced a reward of Rs 1 million for any citizen providing video clip or photograph of target killing or terrorism, which could lead to arrest/identification of the culprits. Malik ordered to investigate into the earlier three incidents of Muharram and find out similarities and links with the incident of December 28, 2009. The Minister has also ordered immediate action against culprits on the basis of the information received through various intelligence sources and communication intercepts. Later talking to media persons Rehman Malik said that the blast in the mourning procession on Yaum-e-Ashur was not a suicide blast. He added that the investigations into the Karachi blast were underway and soon the report would come fore. Rejecting the expression of Karachi City Government failure in controlling the situation after Ashura blast, Interior Minister stressed on the need of proper disaster management infrastructure in the country. Commenting on target killing, he said that police and Rangers would jointly supervise the areas where such incidents were happening. He added that the special authority to arrest suspected persons and the terrorists had been granted to Rangers while 100 motorcycles would also be provided to them for patrolling in the affected areas. To a query, the Interior Minister said that the police force, which was deputed for Ashura procession was not sufficient.