KARACHI Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has assured the MQM leadership that action would be taken against the elements involved in disturbing peace in the city. He extended this assurance to the MQM leadership during his visit to MQM Headquarter, Nine Zero here on Monday afternoon. The Interior Minister said that the action would be taken against Peoples Aman Committee for its alleged role in the recent killings in Karachi. He declared that the Peoples Aman Committee had no link or affiliation with PPP. He said that the criminal elements acting in the garb of political parties would not be tolerated. Deputy Convenor MQM Coordination Committee, Dr Farooq Sattar while talking to the media along with Rehman Malik, described Peoples Aman Committee as peoples fassad committee, which, according to him, was behind the recent killings and responsible for disturbing the peace and law and order situation in the city. The MQM leader said that the offices of this Committee were being set up across the city under a well-planned conspiracy to spread the target killing all over the metropolis. Unlike the previous visit of the Interior Minister to Nine Zero, when he was warmly received by the MQM leaders outside the Headquarter, this time no MQM leader was present outside the office to welcome him as symbolic gesture of protest of the MQM leadership. MQM has been repeatedly drawing the attention of the high-ups towards the activities of criminals and the Peoples Aman Committee members, which, according to MQM, was responsible for the killings of its workers. RAMZAN CHANDIO adds: Rehman Malik on Monday said that the Government had decided to collect the list of workers expelled by the political parties on the basis of the criminal activities, as the arrested criminals were associating themselves with the different political parties to get political cover. After getting the list of the expelled workers from all the political parties including PPP, MQM, ANP, JUP, JI and others, the criminals would be presented before the media. Briefing the media about the decisions taken during his meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House, the Federal Minister said that the meeting discussed the different dimensions of targeted killings in the city and took decisions to control it. Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, IG Sindh, CCPO Karachi, DG Ranger and other high officials attended the meeting. Malik said that non-acceptance of the confession statements of criminals was one of the reasons behind the wave of target killings, which emerged after every four or five months in city. He said that about 300 people had been killed during the last two years in Karachi. The Government has decided to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act, the draft of which currently is laying with the standing committee concerned, he said. Rehman Malik further said that the Government had taken a decision to strengthen the role of DIGs in Karachi, who would collect the data of criminals through the SHOs concerned. The community policing would also be strengthened through DIGs, he added. The Federal Minister said that the Government had realised that the current strength of the police was not enough to control the crimes in the city of about 20 million people, therefore, the Sindh Government would recruit 10,000 police constables. The Federal Government will provide funds in this regard, he added. He applauded the role of Sindh Government, Sindh Police and Rangers, saying that they had done good job to provide security to the people of city, but the existing strength of police was not sufficient to take strong action against the culprits. The budget of police would be increased to control the crimes in the city, he said. The Federal Minister, once again, warned the criminals of the consequences and said that the Government had taken administrative decision to collect the list of the workers, who had been expelled by the political parties. He said that the criminals were involved in land grabbing, target killings and other crimes. Therefore, it was decided that no criminal would be allowed to take law into his hands. He informed the media that 60 criminals had been arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in target killings and they showed their association with the different political parties. It was also decided that the Federal Government would approve a project of safe Karachi like safe Islamabad project, for which amount would be utilised from the funds provided by China to the Federal Government on the request of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, the Federal Minister said. To a question about deployment of the Army to deweaponise the city, the Federal Minister said that Pak Army could be deployed to clean up the city, if needed. However, he added, that there was no need to initiate such plan in Karachi. On the occasion, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Interior Minister said that all government agencies had to work together to eradicate this menace from the society. Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Home Secretary Sindh, IG Police Sindh and Director General, Rangers Sindh briefed the meeting about law & order situation in Karachi. The CCPO Karachi informed the meeting that during the period from October 16 to 18, 36 persons were killed and 51 were injured. He said that out of 36, four persons were killed due to personal amenity. He also said that a total of 82 persons had been arrested on October 17 and 18. He added that arms had also been recovered from them. Agencies add: Addressing a press conference, the Federal Interior Minister on Monday said that the government was serious about deweaponisation of Karachi, besides ending all no-go areas. He said on the directives of President Asif Zardari, security and safety system on the pattern of Islamabad would be introduced in Karachi. He said the support of China would be sought in new security system. He said that CCTV cameras would be integral part of security measures in Karachi. Malik told that a proper computerized system of fingerprint verification would be established at the Police Headquarters, as Sindh police are facing many hindrances due to lack of this system. He said that action would be taken against no-go areas, which are the real pickets of criminals in Karachi. To a question, he said that de-weaponization is the priority of government and we are thinking about this very seriously, saying that amendments would be made in the ordinance, after this, we will introduce this police all over the country. Replying to a question regarding the reservations of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, he said that MQM and other allies are demanding for quick arrest of target killers and we are working on it. To another question, he said that according to our official reports, Osama bin Laden, Mulla Umer and other Taliban leaders are not in Pakistan. I categorically deny the presence of Osama bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and even (Taliban chief) Mullah Omar in any part of Pakistan, he said. He said that similar reports of Osama, Zawahiri and Mullah Omars whereabouts had proven false in the past. He said that the government has already assured its full cooperation to share information with the world community in this regard.