Islamabad: The government has decided to again approach the countries where Pakistanis accused of being target killers are hiding and ask respective governments to take action against these renegades.
According to reliable sources, shooters working for political parties or criminal gangs were mostly using Sri Lanka, South Africa and India to escape the operation of security forces in Karachi.
They said that when the Karachi operation started, the target killers first took refuge in safe houses in rural Sindh and areas close to provincial borders, but when the scope of the operation expanded, these hit-men fled abroad through illegal means.
Sources said that the Gulf countries extradited and expelled the renegade killers, however South Africa and Sri Lanka turned down the requests of the government of Pakistan.
Sources in the federal government said that only 10 per cent target killers of Karachi have been arrested, while almost 90 per cent have fled the city. They said that these ruthless shooters are a national threat particularly for peace in Karachi.
They said that interior ministry and military establishment in briefings to PM Nawaz Sharif stressed on the need to devise a strategy for putting pressure on the countries where target killers from Pakistan were hiding.
Sources said that PM Nawaz on his return from Belarus will give the go-ahead to the policy to approach Sri Lanka and South Africa for action against target killers and to talk with India on this issue as well.