KARACHI - PPP lawmakers called for stringent measures, including de-weaponisation of Karachi, to control the deteriorating law and order situation which they inherited from the previous government.They were expressing their view during general discussion on law and order at the Sindh Assembly on Friday.Speaking on the issue, PPP lawmaker Pir Bachal Shah said that peace could not be restored in Karachi without de-weaponisation. He gave the example of a former New York mayor, who had restored peace in that volatile city by controlling the illegal and illicit weapons.Pir Bachal Shah said the Sindh Assembly did adopt a resolution for de-weaponisation of Karachi but it was not implemented. “We will have to put aside all political expediencies to restore peace in the metropolis and to amend and made the law strict for possession of illicit arms.”He said criminals had no political affiliations, and suggested that irrespective of their political affiliations, people found guilty of criminal activities should be punished without any favour or fear.The PPP legislator said the present government inherited a number of crises, including the law and order situation, and with the active support of its coalition partners, it had overcome a number of things. He said that dacoities and kidnapping for ransom were order of the day in the interior parts when the government took the power. “But, now the situation has improved and not a single incident of kidnapping was reported in Hyderabad division.” Similarly, he said, dacoities and kidnapping had also dropped in Sukkur division.Ghulam Mujadid Isran of PPP said that law and order situation was an old phenomenon which the incumbent government inherited from the previous government. He said that targeted killings and mobile phone snatching was the gift of previous government, and claimed that the situation had improved as compared to 2006. PPP’s Humera Alwani, while participating in the general discussion, said that womenfolk that comprised 53 per cent of the total population, were not equally treated. She said that although in 2005 the Sindh High Court Sukkur bench had declared jirga as illegal and a black custom, the womenfolk especially, teenage girls, were being made scapegoat at the altar of jirga. She said the present government had made legislations to safeguard the fair sex but there were lots of difficulties in implementation of the law. She laid stress on the need for more legislation for protection of women.MQM legislator Khawaja Izhar, on a point of order, congratulated President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Altaf Hussain and the people of southern Punjab on the passage of the resolution for creation of Seraiki province. He said that it was the longstanding desire of the people of southern Punjab.MQM member Tahir Qureshi drew the attention of House towards the shortage of drinking water in the old city areas and urged the local bodies’ ministry to intervene in the matter otherwise the people will come out on the streets. The house, which was set in motion by Deputy Speaker Ms. Shehla Raza at 11:15 am, suspended the questions-hour on the request of Law Minister Ayaz Soomro. The House was adjourned till Monday.