Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Sunday said that he was determined to restore Karachi's glory as the city of lights. He expressed the determination to restore the old city back to its glory and help it regain its status as the economic hub of the country.

The PM was on his first official visit to the provincial capital after assuming the premiership last month. He was received by Sindh Governor and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah at the airport. Imran began his day-long visit by offering prayers at the Quaid’s mausoleum.

The PM appreciated the role of Rangers, police and other law enforcement agencies in restoring peace in Karachi. Chairing a meeting on law and order situation in the Sindh capital, the premier reiterated that there should be better coordination among the agencies at federal and provincial levels to maintain peace and security across the country.

The meeting reviewed overall law and order situation in the province with special focus on peace and security in Karachi. Sindh Police IG briefed the meeting regarding law and order situation. Rangers DG also briefed about the threat assessment and role of the paramilitary force in the Karachi operation.

The meeting was informed that overall crime rate has been reduced by 90 per cent since start of Karachi operation. The PM observed that overall situation in the city has improved significantly due to the devotion and sacrifices of LEAs. “Law and order is high priority agenda for the government because without peace and stability economic potential of the country cannot be harnessed,” the PM said.

Imran Khan said that initiating cleanliness and water projects in the city was a priority. He was briefed about the green line mass transit project, K-IV and  S-III drinking and sewerage water projects in Karachi.

Prime Minister also planted a sapling at State Guest House as part of National Tree Plantation Campaign. He was also scheduled to attend a fund-raising dinner at Governor House to support the construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam.

“Karachi is financial capital of Pakistan and the government will continue to offer full support to the provincial government for law and order maintenance,” he added. President Arif Alvi also arrived at the State Guest House to meet the premier.

The meeting was attended by Governor Imran Ismail, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Commander 5 Corp Lt-Gen Hamayun Aziz, Chief Secretary Sindh Maj (r) Azam Sulaiman Khan, Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Farooqi, DG Rangers Maj-Gen Muhammad Saeed, IG Sindh Dr Syed Kaleem Imam, Secretary Home Abdul Qadir Qazi and senior officers.