Businessmen concerned over Karachi law and order

Karachi: Chairman Businessmen Group and former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mian Abrar Ahmad, Vice Chairmen Businessmen Group and former Presidents KCCI Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki, Anjum Nisar, Senior Vice President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir, Vice President Zia Ahmed Khan, Managing Committee Members of KCCI and Chairman, S.I.T.E.

Association of Industry Irfan Motan appreciated the thoughtfulness of Muttehida Qaumi Movement and its leadership to raise strong voice against the increased criminal activities and the recent killings of businessmen and Karachiites. Any action taken in this respect will be appreciated by Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, they stated. The Karachi Chamber also supports any action by the Small Traders in this respect, they informed.

They also urged the other political parties and their leaders having stakes in Karachi to raise unified voice against the lawlessness and unbridled waves of street crimes which had shaken the confidence of the business and industrial community as well as the Karachiites.

They highlighted that there are seven industrial zones and over 350 markets/ commercial centres in Karachi and everyday members of the business community and delegations from various markets of Karachi approach Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry complaining and protesting about life threats to them by the criminal elements with requests to immediately contact the concerned quarters to ensure their safety and security.

They lamented that several precious lives of businessmen were lost in the recent increased street crimes in the markets of Karachi. The criminal activities viz. Extortion (bhatta), kidnapping and killing for ransom, decoities etc in the markets and industrial areas are out of control causing widespread fear and harassment, they said.

They expressed deep concern over prevailing bad law and order situation in Karachi while criticizing the failure of the Government to control the situation. They informed that one week back, the Karachi Chamber sent SOS letter to President of Pakistan, Prime Minister, Governor and Chief Minister Sindh, Federal and Provincial Interior Ministers, Director General Rangers, Inspector General Police Sindh, demanding their immediate intervention for concrete safety and security measures with result oriented implementation but in vain.

They once again appealed the President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister to take immediate notice of deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi and intervene as it is the prime responsibility of the Government to provide protection, safety and security otherwise there will be severe agitation from the masses and the business and industrial community of Karachi.

For more information, contact:
M. Shafiq Baig
Public Relations Officer
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road,
Shahrah-e-Liaquat, Karachi-74000
Tel: +9221 9921 8001 -09
Fax: +9221 9921 8010

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