KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said anti-terrorism laws will be amended to effectively deal with the scourge of terrorism.
Legal experts say the current anti-terror laws have some lacunae and suspects are acquitted in view of weak cases. They are suggesting amendments to make the laws more effective to deal with terrorism.
Nawaz Sharif hinted amendments to the laws during his second day of visit to the violence-hit port city of Karachi where he is seeking support from political parties and business community for a targeted operation against the miscreants.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said that nearly 1800 people were killed in targeted attacks in Karachi in the first six months of this year.
Nawaz said in Karachi that political parties have supported the suggestion to launch a “targeted campaign” against the miscreants to be led by paramilitary forces. He ruled out military operations in the city.
“My government is alive to the situation in the city and all possible steps will be taken for maintenance of law and order,” he said.
The Prime Minister said talks have been held with all the stakeholders including political parties, the business community and high ranking officials of security and intelligence agencies to reach the right decision for bringing peace in Karachi.
The prime minister presided over a high-level meeting of senior security officials and discussed administrative flaws in the city and a possible mechanism for starting targeted operations. He directed the intelligence agencies to maintain strong coordination with the police.
He said all the proposals will be carefully examined to check the situation in the economic hub of the country.
“I can not remain oblivious to Karachi’s situation and no-go areas will be eliminated at all costs,” the prime minister said, adding operation against criminal elements will be ensured and directions of the Supreme Court regarding Karachi will be implemented in letter and spirit. NNI