ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday ordered strictly maintaining law and order and elimination of extortion in Karachi at every cost and bringing all those involved in heinous crimes to justice without any fear or favour.

He said the existing cyber laws also needed to be revisited to make them responsive to the reality of the use of electronic communication in the crimes.

Zardari was chairing a special meeting on law and order situation in Karachi at the Presidency Aiwan-e-Sadr Thursday.

Giving details of the meeting, Presidential Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president was briefed about the measures that had been taken so far to deal with the complaints of extortion, targeted killings and other crimes.

The meeting was told that a special cell had been established in the CIA branch of police in order to deal with the complaints of extortion, while complaints centres were also set up at the offices of home minister, FPCCI, KCCI, Additional IG Police and DIGs.

The president ordered making the complaint cells effective and ensuring the safety and security of the victims and witnesses to encouraged them reporting the cases of extortion.

He stressed the need for strengthening the police force, investigation, information gathering system and the prosecution. He advised the federal government to provide all possible support to the province in dealing with law and order situation and complaints of extortions. Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Governor Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Home Minister Manzoor Wasan, Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Interior Secretary KM Siddique Akbar, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, DG Ranger Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar and others attended the meeting.

Later, President Zardari also chaired two separate meetings, one on the developmental projects especially the construction of Kachhi Canal and small/medium dams, and the other on Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway - the M-9 project- and construction of roads in Sindh.

Briefing the meeting on dams, Wapda Chairman Shakeel Durrani said they had had undertaken construction of small/medium dams, adding that the tenders for Phase-1 projects were invited on International Competitive Bidding (ICB) basis and the contracts for construction of Darawat, Nai Gaj and Naulong dams were awarded.

He said the construction of Darawat Dam was at full swing and the project would be completed by June 2013. On Naulong in Jhal Magsi and Nai Gaj in Dadu, he said contractors had been appointed and the work would start soon, adding that the funding was linked to the Exim Bank of China.

The president directed the EAD secretary to sort out the procedural formalities with the Exim Bank and the flow of funds for these dams so that the woRk was not hampered.

The meeting was also briefed about the progress and current status of Winder and Ghabir dams.

During the third meeting, the progress on conversion of four-lane Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway into a six-lane Motorway (M-9) and other roads in Sindh was reviewed.

It was informed that the process of signing Concession agreement was completed during January and mutation/transfer of land in favour of NHA was also completed.

The meeting was also briefed about the progress on the construction of roads in Sindh that were damaged by the floods. The president said the budgetary and financial constraints warranted exploration of all possibilities of public-private partnership in the infrastructural projects.

He said the government was encouraging direct private investment in the infrastructure development projects. He expressed the hope that with the success of M-9 project on BOT basis, the NHA would be able to deliver other projects in the similar way, to reduce the burden on PSDP resources which could then be diverted for uplift of remote areas hitherto neglected.

Federal Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir Khan, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Water and Power Minister Syed Naveed Qamar, Sindh Finance Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah, federal and provincial secretaries and other senior officials were present on the occasion.