KARACHI – Led by Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, a Jamaat-e-Islami delegation called on Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Wednesday.

The JI Karachi chief briefly discussed with the chief minister the issues of targeted and extortion killings and irregularities in electoral drafts.

Qaim assured him and other JI delegates that his government would adopt concrete measures to bring the present law and order situation under control. He also held out assurances that steps would be taken for the arrest of killers of Abdul Rasheed Farooqi, a JI activist.

After the meeting, Mehanti told a group of reporters that the overall security situation in Karachi came under the discussion with the chief minister. He, however, asserted that Karachi had been made a horrendous human slaughterhouse. He also said that the Rangers and other law-enforcement agencies had failed to protect the common man and take action against saboteurs, extortionists and terrorists.

About the increasing activities of extortion mafia, the JI leader said that traders were moving to other places, as they could not run their businesses in the city.

Mehanti also expressed apprehensions over the consensus on a new local government system between just two parties, saying the JI was also a major stakeholder and that it would never accept any formula which it was not a part.

“We – the JI – welcome the ruling PPP’s reconciliatory policy, but we are concerned that it had destroyed the city’s peace through reconciliation with terrorists,” added Mehanti, who was accompanied by Naseem Siddiqui, Birjees Ahmed, Nasarullah Khan Shajee, Zahid Askari, Sarfaraz Ahmed and other JI leaders.

PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider was also present during the meeting.