KARACHI - Former chief of Jamat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that the Sindh government is not honest to people of Sindh because targeted killings in Karachi are on the rise but government machinery has failed to control them.

Addressing a press conference along with other leaders of JI at Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Saturday, he claimed that more than 1450 people have lost their lives in Karachi target killings during nine months of this year.

He alleged that the provincial government and its coalition partners were themselves involved in the target killings and extortion collection in Karachi.

He said that the target killers and extortionists were roaming freely in the city, as the government plays the role of silent spectator. He said if the government cannot control the Karachi situation it should resign.

He said that after passing four years of its tenure, the present government talks about the local government elections while the time is ripe for the general elections. He demanded to hold general elections immediately.

Hussain demanded a board-based role of all stakeholders including political parties to solve the bad law and order situation of Karachi. He said that due to the inference of America in Pakistan insurgency has increased to alarming level, adding the rulers were targeting their own people to get the American policies implemented in Pakistan. He also demanded immediate removal of the Sindh governor which he alleged was patronising the target killers, and was nominated in murder cases.

He said that Karachi is financial hub of the country and is not only losing investors but is also facing serious brain drain.

He said due to bad law and order situation, professionals including doctors, engineers and industrialist were migrating. He said these factors are further escalating poverty and hurting economy of the country.

Hussain termed the recent factory fire incident the biggest industrial tragedy of the country. He claimed that Sindh government is equally responsible for the heart-rending tragedy in which more than 250 workers were burnt alive.