PM Nawaz vows to transform Karachi into ‘crime-free city’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that Karachi would be made a ‘crime-free city’ and the targeted operation against criminals and terrorists would continue to achieve the objective.

“We are going ahead without being deterred by the incidents happening there. The crime rate of extortion and kidnapping is falling down in the city,” the prime minister said addressing the launching ceremony of the National Aviation Policy 2015 here.

The aviation policy has been launched after 15 years introducing various reformative measures to uplift the country´s aviation sector that had been witnessing negative growth of 0.01 per cent against India at 1.5 pc, Thailand 9.0 pc, Malaysia 3.6 pc and Philippines 2.4 pc.

Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Ishaq Dar and Special Assistant on Aviation Shujaat Azeem also addressed the ceremony.

The prime minister said that the operation was launched with the consent of all political parties and required resources would be provided to the law enforcement agencies to achieve the desired results.

He said that the government was attending the issue of Karachi regularly and he would again visit the city within few days to personally monitor the operation there.

Sharif said that the attraction of Karachi city would be revived for the investors, foreigners as well as the common man.

He said that the Operation Zarb-e-Azb was ongoing successfully, though such action should have been launched about a decade ago. But, the prime minister added that his government had accepted the challenge and the security forces had dismantled the terrorists´ networks and hideouts.

The premier said that the blow-back of the military operation was also negligible and far lesser what he had thought. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was carrying out expeditious uplift work in the communication sector.

He said that the aviation sector could not get the required attention but the incumbent government never neglected this one of the most important sectors.

PM Nawaz said that the aviation growth in South Asia had been witnessed at around 8.4 per cent but it stood at 0.01 per cent in Pakistan, “that is in no way suitable for the country, therefore it is inevitable to formulate such a policy”.

The prime minister quoted Shujaat Azeem, saying that the aviation policy was one of the most modern and finest policies that had been formulated after consultation with all stakeholders.