KARACHI - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday urged Pakistan Peoples Party  and Muttahida Qaumi Movement to remove their mutual misgivings for peace in Karachi.

Chairing a high-level meeting on the security situation at the Governor’s House, the PM issued directives for the formation of a judicial commission within a week to probe into the killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Sohail Ahmed.

The PM also said that the terrorists having political patronage will be exposed and brought to justice.

Later during his visit to KSE, the prime minister told the media that MQM's concerns were discussed in detail and he had taken notice of the murder of MQM workers. He said that the IG Sindh has been instructed to submit a report over the deaths of MQM activists within 30 days and added that plain-clothed policemen would not be allowed to arrest anyone.

Primer Nawaz Sharif said that the issue of extremism was already being tackled but an APC would soon be called to address the issue of economy. “PPP and MQM are with us today. They are all stakeholders in the province. We want them to work for the betterment of the province and Pakistan,” he said. Responding to a question, he further said that reservations of all sides should be addressed; enemies of Pakistan can create mistrust between the MQM, PPP or between MQM and other parties.

In the meeting on the city’s security, the PM said, "It needs to be looked into who are responsible for the killing of missing persons in Karachi… Justice must be done; without justice, no society can survive and whoever is responsible for these killings must be brought to justice." Nawaz Sharif said that his government wanted to see exemplary peace in Karachi. "We want Pakistan Peoples Party and MQM to work together," he said.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Rangers DG, IGP and other top officials were present in the meeting. A delegation comprising four MQM leaders as well as families of three deceased workers and families of missing MQM workers also met the PM at the Governor House. The MQM leaders were Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghauri, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Qamar Mansoor.

The premier assured the MQM that the judicial commission would investigate into Sohail's killing in a fair manner. Sohail Ahmed, MQM unit in-charge for Society sector, had been kidnapped from outside a mosque on December 15 from Bahadurabad. His body was later found and identified at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital on Wednesday, following which the MQM had called for a strike in the city.

Talking to media after the meeting, the MQM leaders said that the prime minister had assured that MQM will get speedy justice with regards to the killings of its party workers. Haider Rizvi said that the PM had reprimanded police with regards to Karachi’s security situation and had ordered immediate arrests of culprits responsible for MQM worker killings.

MQM is blaming police for the current situation in the city and had demanded that a judicial commission should look into the issue of power abuse by the law enforcers. The premier arrived in Karachi on Friday to discuss the ongoing targeted operation against criminals. He was accompanied by Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

During his visit to Stock Exchange, Prime Minister Sharif praised the performance of the KSE over the past year and also congratulated Chairman Munir Kamal and other office bearers for the record progress made in the Index. He said that at the time of the 2013 elections the KSE 100 Index level was at 19,916 points but now after a passage of one and a half years, it has reached its highest ever level of 34,606 points.

“Time is required to resolve these issues as steps taken in haste are not effective,” he stressed. He said his government was addressing the issues but no timeframe could be given in this regard.

“What I can say for sure is that the various other issues and problem of loadshedding of electricity and gas would be addressed within the tenure of the current government,” he said, adding that chances are that at the end of PML-N’s government's tenure surplus electricity would be added to the national grid and the energy crisis would be eliminated from the country. To a question, he said that POL prices would be further deceased and trickledown effect of petroleum price should reach the common man. It would also benefit growers as the prices of agricultural inputs would decrease, he said.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has constituted a judicial commission headed by Justice (retd) Ghulam Sarwar Korai to probe into the killing of two MQM workers.  The commission has been assigned to probe into the murder of Faraz Alam and Sohail Ahmed with all aspects and submit the findings to him within 10 days, it was stated here officially on Friday.