Karachi: Launching "surgical" raids to check violence in Karachi, Pakistani security forces have arrested 90 suspects from different parts of the city, where an all-party meet has been called by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Friday to discuss the law and order situation.
   
A spokesman for the Sindh government said on Thursday that the conference would be held at Shah's house and all provincial heads of different parties have been invited to attend the meet.
    
"The Sindh CM and Cabinet decided on having the conference as we want to take all parties who are in the government or in opposition into confidence while dealing with the situation in Karachi," spokesman Waqar Mehdi said.
    
It is not clear how many parties would accept the invitation to attend the meet as the two main groups – the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party – have more or less stayed away from recent government deliberations on the law and order situation.
    
The Jamaat-e-Islaami also announced that it would hold a big peace rally on Friday and appealed to citizens to participate in large numbers in it to register their concern over the recent killings.
   
In what is being described as the worst ethnic and criminal unrest in Pakistan's biggest city and commercial hub in the last 16 years, more than 100 people have been killed in the violence, prompting the government to order the crackdown.
   
Since the crackdown was launched on Wednesday, there had been no reported cases of violence or target killings in the city. A lawyer was gunned down in the posh Defence area this morning but the police linked it to old enmity.

The paramilitary rangers and police continued their "surgical" operations and said around 90 suspects have been arrested so far in these raids.
    
However many politicians, media outlets and civil society figures remain skeptical about the success of the operation.
   
"So far they have not been able to launch any operation in Lyari which is the biggest haven for criminals and militants behind this violence," MQM leader Raza Haroon said.
   
Meanwhile, provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon claimed that "foreign elements" are involved in the recent spate of violence in Karachi and that arrested target killers had disclosed this during interrogation, a newspaper reported.
    
He said that some locals were playing into the hands of foreign elements. However, now the law enforcement agencies had been given clear-cut instructions to deter terrorists at all costs.
     
He said that action was being taken against extortionists, targeted killers, land and drug mafias and other criminal gangs

(Agencies)