President Zardari assures next polls on time

March 8, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday reiterated that elections in the country would be held on time and said that militants, extremists and the sectarian elements supporting them would not be allowed to subvert the electoral process by creating a law and order situation.

The President said this while chairing a meeting to review the law and order situation in Sindh province, particularly Karachi in the wake of recent bomb blasts in the metropolis. The President urged the provincial government and relevant agencies for taking stern actions to ensure the safety and protection of lives and property of the citizens, which he said was the prime responsibility and also the priority of the government.

The meeting was attended among others by Governor Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan; Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah; provincial ministers Pir Mazharul Haq, Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sharjeel Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh, Raja Muhammad Abbas, heads of law enforcement agencies and other high officials.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President at the outset of the meeting condemned the barbaric incident of carnage at Abbas Town, Karachi and offered fateha for the departed souls.

The President while expressing his sympathies with the bereaved families, directed for extending full support and assistance in rehabilitation to the victims of the blasts and providing best medical treatment on government expenses to all those affected by the bomb blasts in Abbas Town, Karachi.

The President during the meeting called upon all political forces and stakeholders to come forward, work hand in hand with the law enforcing agencies in Karachi and play their active role to restore peace and stability to the metropolis and bringing the criminals to books regardless of any affiliations. He said that we all had to work together and augment government efforts to restore complete law and order and protect lives and property of the citizens in the economic hub of the country.

The President said that government accords top priority to safeguarding the lives and property of citizens and that they could never be left at the mercy of a handful of vicious elements and reiterated that the criminals involved in violent activities would be traced and brought to justice.

The President assured that the federal government would provide all possible help and assistance to the victims of bomb blasts.

Earlier Governor Sindh and Chief Minster Sindh briefed the meeting on latest situation in Sindh, particularly Karachi and the various steps afoot to maintain law and order in Karachi.

Later, the President during his separate meeting with Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly, Ms Shehla Raza, condoled the death of her brother in law, Akhtar Zaidi and her other relatives who lost their lives in the recent bomb blast in Karachi.

The President expressed his sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in peace and grant courage to the grieved families to bear this loss with fortitude.