KARACHI: Chairman of Businessmen Group (BMG) and former president Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Siraj Kassam Teli and President KCCI Abdullah Zaki apprised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of rising lawlessness in Karachi and the inability of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to restore peace in Karachi.
During a meeting with Prime Minister on his visit to Karachi on Thursday, Teli and Zaki presented a letter to Prime Minister along with a copy of resolution duly signed by six town associations of Karachi in which the entire business community of Karachi city demanded army deployment and shutdown of all prepaid SIMs with a view to effectively deal with poor law and order situation.
Chairmen of six town associations which are signatories of the resolution were also present at the meeting. They all endorsed KCCI demands to deploy army in Karachi and shutdown all prepaid SIMs.
Teli and Zaki, while expressing sheer disappointment over poor performance of LEAs, said that the operation by police and rangers against criminals to improve the law and order situation of Karachi had lost its effectiveness as the incidents of crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, extortions, street crimes and target killings had risen and were not controllable by them anymore.
They, on behalf of Karachi city’s business & industrial community, requested the Prime Minister to order army’s deployment under the Constitution in aid of civil government. “Deployment of army in Karachi has become inevitable due to expected repercussions of Zarb-e-Azb Operation as has been done in Islamabad, Multan and other cities whereas Karachi is more vulnerable.”
They further asked the Prime Minister to issue strict directives for complete shutdown of all prepaid SIMs as criminals were using illegal prepaid SIMs to carry out their activities.
They said: “Over 70 percent of crimes of all kinds take place by use of mobile phones with prepaid SIMs and the only solution to that crime is to shut down all the prepaid SIMs in one go and get them reissued to their postal addresses through courier service as per CNIC already provided which will automatically get rid of all such SIMs issued illegally on fake CNICs.” Other measures such as biometric etc. are for issuance of new SIMs, at present it is important to get rid of those already illegally issued SIMs which are in circulation and this process will hardly take 2-3 days, they added.
Teli and Zaki hoped that being a democratically elected Prime Minister for the 3rd time and as an industrialist, the Prime Minister would pay heed to business community’s request by ordering immediate action on these two issues.