KARACHI: Commander 5 Corps Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar, while exchanging views during a meeting with an 11-member delegation of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) led by Chairman Businessmen Group and former president KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, appreciated the comprehensive discussions and KCCI’s suggestions towards maintaining long lasting peace, stability, infrastructure, administration, business and industrial climate of Karachi city.
Besides Siraj Teli, KCCI delegation comprised Vice Chairmen BMG and former presidents, Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki and Anjum Nisar, President KCCI, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, Vice President KCCI, Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, Former Vice President and Chairman KCCI Special Committee for Small Traders Abdul Majeed Memon, Former President KCCI AQ Khalil, Former Vice President KCCI, Mohammad Idrees and Former SVP KCCI &Chairman Site Association of Industry Jawed Bilwani.
The meeting, which lasted for more than two hours, extensively discussed across-the-board issues which were being suffered by the entire business and industrial community and Karachiites. KCCI delegation expressed deep concerns over issues pertaining to poor administration, dilapidated infrastructure, water, gas & electricity shortages, severe traffic jams in various roads, rising encroachments in different localities, inability of police to deal with several issues, underperformance of industrial units and other similar issues.
Commander 5 Corps highlighted the overall progress and achievements of the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi under the supervision of Pakistan Rangers Sindh. He also briefed KCCI delegation about the working, operation and coordination of intelligence agencies for effectively acting against the elements of bhatta mafia, Target Killers, Kidnappers, banned militant outfits and other criminals across the board and e-political.
Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar expressed his resolve to restore complete peace and stability in Karachi. He also inquired about the business climate and sought KCCI’s suggestions for the revival of the economy as the uncertain situation has terribly sabotaged the image of Karachi.
Commander 5 Corps, while warmly welcoming KCCI’s feedback on various issues, acknowledged the vibrant role being played by Karachi Chamber in effectively highlighting the issues of Karachi. He was of the view that the genuine representatives of the business and industrial community should also be regularly invited to participate in meetings being held from time to time to discuss and review the law and order situation and other issues of Karachi.
Speaking on the occasion, BMG Chairman Siraj Kassam Teli gave his viewpoint on the overall business and industrial climate of the city, which needs to be improved with a view to provide sigh of relief to the resilient business and industrial community of Karachi.
BMG Chairman underscored the need to completely cleanse the police department from those officers who have been appointed on the basis of their political affiliations during the past more than a decade. Keeping in view, the poor performance of the police department and its inability to deal with issues, politically-affiliated appointments must be thoroughly scrutinized with a particular focus to completely depoliticize and cleanse this department.
Teli also stressed the need to eradicate dozens of politically affiliated and ghost employees who are responsible for the poor performance of various civic utilities departments including Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC), Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) and Fire Department etc.
All KCCI delegation members, and individually gave suggestions and shared their perception about the issues of Karachi at the meeting. They further briefed Commander 5 Corps about the negative impact of insecurity on the economic performance of the city which has been contributing more than 65 percent revenue to the national exchequer.