ISLAMABAD  - Taking notice of the alleged torture to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement activist, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday directed Federal Interior Minister to visit Karachi to assess the situation and update him on the issue so that the genuine concerns of the MQM regarding the ongoing operation in the port city against the miscreants could be properly addressed.

On receiving a complaint letter written to him by the MQM central leader Dr. Farooq Sattar wherein he has drawn the attention of Premier towards targeting of their activists in the name of operation against miscreants and demanded of him to take corrective measures.

The Prime Minister also sought a detailed report from Inspector General Sindh within 24 hours regarding the alleged torture case of Fahd Aziz and directed that the culprits involved in torturing him must be tracked down.

The Prime Minister’s directive came minutes after MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi’s press conference in Karachi wherein he held Sindh Police responsible for alleged extra-judicial killings of their workers and collecting well over Rs 200 million extortion from the port city on daily basis.

He also claimed that over 45 MQM activists were missing and demanded of the federal government to look into the issue and help stop the genocide of their workers and activists in the name of so-called targeted operation to cleanse the port city of miscreants and saboteurs.

The PM also rang up Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ibaad and discussed with him the Karachi situation, alleged torture of MQM activist and the concerns of MQM about the ongoing Karachi operation.

The PM also sought detailed report on the matter from Dr. Ishratul Ibaad and made it clear that no unlawful activity in the name of targeted operation could be tolerated.

He further informed him that a detailed inquiry into the matter would be conducted and Federal Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan would himself monitor it to make sure that the genuine concerns of all the stakeholders in the port city could be addressed properly.

The targeted operation started in Karachi after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the metropolitan in September last year in a bid to devise a strategy to curb violence.

With the provincial government on board, the Prime Minister had given a go-ahead to the Rangers to conduct raids and arrest criminals with the help of the police. Subsequently, the operation started in September last year.