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Pakistan has ordered a crackdown on criminals and militants in the southern port city of Karachi.

The announcement on September 4 followed two days of talks between local officials, business leaders, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The city, Pakistan's biggest, has been plagued by killings and kidnappings, blamed on Islamic militants, criminals and ethnic and political tensions.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, some 1,700 people were killed in Pakistan in the first six months of 2013.

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said security agencies have identified more than 450 people wanted for various crimes and they will be the focus of action due to start in days.

The announcement came on the same day 14 people were reported killed in Karachi, including a senior Pakistan navy officer.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and