KARACHI – Zamir Sheikh -  President Asif Ali Zardari has said that lawlessness in Karachi can be effectively tackled if the three main players – PPP, MQM and ANP – join hands to confront and defeat the menace.Chairing a meeting of the allied parties at Bilawal House on Monday, he also directed for setting up a committee comprising the representatives of these three parties to have constant liaison with Sindh home minister and the chief minister to remove any misgivings about the operation against the law breakers, extortionists and the target killers in the metropolis.President Zardari emphasised the need to identify the criminals and carrying out an indiscriminate action against them. And, though all the three parties had a large and heavy presence in the meeting –clearly showing their interest in solving this most troublesome riddle, but the media talk of their bigwigs following the moot revealed that they remained as much divided as before, especially on the local bodies polls.On the other hand, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday claimed that activists of PPP, MQM, ANP and others parties were involved in the act of extortion. Talking to mediapersons, he vowed to take indiscriminate action against the terrorists in complete disregard to their political affiliations.Briefing about the Bilawal House meeting, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said the meeting reviewed law and order situation in Karachi and the various steps taken so far to restore order in the city. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Home Minister Manzoor Wasan and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik briefed the meeting about the law and order situation.Farhatullah said the president emphasised that it was the shared responsibility of all political parties to help restore complete order in the city and bring the culprits to book.Others who attended this Bilawal House meeting included Dr Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghouri, Raza Haroon, Adil Siddiqui, Waseem Aftab, Saghir Ahmed, Senator Shahi Syed, Ajab Khan, Sultan Mandokhel, Rana Gul Afridi, Murad Altaf advocate, Riaz Gul, Agha Siraj Durrani, Murad Ali Shah, Ayaz Soomro and Rafiq Engineer.Talking to media after the meeting, ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed said the meeting exclusively discussed Karachi’s situation. But he said peace cannot be established in the city until fresh constituencies are made on the basis of new census.MQM leader Raza Haroon told reporters his party demanded in the meeting immediate holding of the local body elections, saying that people of the metropolis were asking about the reason behind the delaying of LG elections. “The president was told there was a lag in the implementation on the terms of consensus that was reached on the provincial level after the 18th amendment,” the MQM leader said.He said his party, in separate meeting with President Zadari, underlined the need to reactivate the core committee of the coalition parties to maintain the law and order in Karachi. “The president has issued orders to Sindh chief minister in this regard,” he added.Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the media that different groups were involved in creating a situation of lawlessness in the city. He said a Gilgiti group was involved in the brutal incidents of Khohistan, Quetta and Gilgit. This group had planned terrorism activities in the metropolis but LEA’s arrested their terrorists, he added.Malik rejected claims that operation against miscreants was conducted only in Lyari, a PPP stronghold. He said the law enforcement agencies have also conducted raids on the offices of MQM, ANP and others parties in the metropolis. “If there are no criminals hiding in Lyari, the residents should let police and rangers enter their houses and see it by themselves. Police will not shower flowers if they are attacked with hand grenades and heavy machine guns in Lyari.”PPP Karachi President Senator Faisal Reza Abidi ruled out the involvement of PPP political activists in the killing of political workers of other parties, saying that extremist elements were involved in the killing of innocent people in Karachi and every parts of the country. He said that the same extremist forces were involved in the violence in Gilgit, Quetta and Karachi.ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed said police was scared of the terrorists as more than 186 police personnel have been killed by the terrorists in the metropolis which has brought down their morale that can be raised again by giving them a freehand. He said the allies meeting has decided to take indiscriminate action against the terrorists without any political pressure. The coalition parties would support the action of law enforcement agencies against the terrorists, he added. He said the new committee will monitor suspects arrested during security operations, and would also look into more operations with the approval of all political parties.