KARACHI: The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Thursday expressed serious apprehensions and shock over the recent remarks of Director General Pakistan Ranger Sindh, Major General Rizwan Akhtar that the paramilitary force was not enjoying the powers it needed to maintain durable peace in Karachi as even after six months of targeted operation, these powers were on papers only and yet to be devolved.
In a joint statement, BMG Chairman and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairmen BMG Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki & Anjum Nisar, President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President KCCI, Muffasar Malik and Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees said that DG Rangers’ remarks had triggered anxiety amongst members of the business and industrial community whose businesses were terribly suffering due to rising lawlessness despite the fact that a surgical operation is underway in many parts of the city.
They advised federal and provincial governments to make coordinated efforts and devise a clear strategy for effectively deal with deteriorating law and order situation on war-footing basis and give some sigh of relief to perturbed Karachiites.
“The government should stop playing politics as this is a matter of life and death for the citizens of Karachi. It is subtle that how the decision makers can take such a serious issue so lightly,” they added.
Referring to slow progress of the ongoing operation and failure to yield positive results, they recalled that during Prime Minister’s recent visit to Karachi to attend KCCI Export Trophy Awards Ceremony, the business community expressed serious disappointment over deteriorating law and order situation of Karachi and advocated the need to intensify Karachi operation and prolong it to an indefinite period till peace is fully restored across the city.
They said that though the Prime Minister agreed to business community’s demand and assured full cooperation but it was a matter of grave concern that Pakistan Rangers Sindh, which plays the lead role in the ongoing surgical operation, remains disabled as they complain of being powerless.
They urged the federal and provincial governments to immediately fulfil their commitments to restore peace and devolve necessary powers to Rangers whereas the police must also be equipped accordingly.
Commenting on various reports pertaining to differences between Federal and Provincial governments over the appointment of Inspector General Police in Sindh, Siraj Kassam Teli underscored the need to prioritize the appointment of IG Police in Sindh on the basis of merit.
“People are losing their lives every day due to horrific bloodshed in Karachi and it is extremely disheartening to see politicians doing politics over dead bodies of innocent citizens”, he added.