KARACHI - Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan has said the government has reports that target killing can restart in Karachi as certain elements do not want peace in the mega city.

Talking to mediamen after meeting with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar here on Saturday, the provincial home minister said it had been his utmost endeavour to maintain peace in Karachi and vowed that attempts by anti-state elements to create lawlessness in the city would be foiled.

Leaders of both parties discussed measures to effectively tackle the issues of extortion and kidnappings. Wasan said Rangers would be given necessary powers to control law and order situation. He said government taking steps to control the street crime. The provincial home minister said that cooperation of political parties could help eliminate street crime and extortion. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Farooq Sattar said criminals were again active in the city for the last one month and extortion had taken a serious turn.

He said the business community was deeply concerned over it and urged the provincial government to take strict measures against those involved in the crime. He said his party was satisfied that provincial home minister had taken a notice of the prevailing situation in Karachi.

Sattar said both parties had decided to start with two constituencies - NA-249 and NA-252 - and had called the business representatives of these areas to discuss the matters. “Extortion and street crime has crippled the business life. Action should be taken against them (miscreants),” he said.

The MQM leader added that both police and Rangers would assist the business community to get rid of extortionists and kidnappers. He said committees will also be formed from among the common men to reduce the street crime. “The black sheep involved in such acts should be exposed,” he added. Sattar said after assumption of charge by home minister, there had been significant reduction in target killing incidents and the situation was much better in the last few months. He said they had reports that target killings could resurface.

Govt to end ‘Bhattal: A meeting chaired by Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan and attended among others by Federal Minister Farooq Sattar has reiterated the commitment to end the menace of ‘bhatta’ (extortion) from the metropolis, said an official statement issued here Saturday. The meeting also discussed measures to address issues including kidnapping for ransom, street crimes and others problems being faced by the business community in doing business. The Sindh Home Minister assured the participants that all steps will be taken to maintain law and order with the coordination of all stakeholders.  He said that strict action will be taken to eliminate the bhatta mafia without any discrimination. The meeting was attended by Mamber of National Assembly Rasheed Godial, Members of Sindh Assembly Tahir Qureshi, Sohaib Ibrahim, representatives of business community, Additional Inspector General Police Akhter Gorchani and other concerned officials.