KARACHI: We are not accepting any pressure from any corner and continue in our drive for encroachment free Karachi. This is the commitment of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation that encroachments should not be allowed in any parts of Karachi any more, especially on road sides.
This was stated by Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Rauf Akhtar Farooqui in a meeting with the delegation of Pakistan Consumers Federation (PCF)” – (The apex Consumer Body of Pakistan) headed by Chairman PCF Kaukab Iqbal and comprising PCF Governing body members Hamid Maker Helpline Trust, Umar Ghauri Chairman The Consumers Eye Pakistan, Secretary General PCF Shaikh Rashid Alam, Madam Farkhanda and Air commodore Inamullah Khan.
PCF Chairman Kaukab Iqbal assured full support on behalf of PCF to Administrator Karachi in his efforts for the betterment of Karachi. He also congratulated for finishing encroachments in Saddar Empress Market Saddar and Sohrab Goth.
Kaukab asked Administrator Karachi to take concrete action against Violators of consumer rights. Appreciating establishment of PCF, Farooqui pledged his that Karachi Metropolitan Corporation would not tolerate fleecing of the people, especially the common men at the hands of adulterators and profiteers.
He assured that they would not let adulterators and profiteers in Karachi to torment people and he would continue his efforts till the results were achieved to the satisfaction of the consumers.
He said that his administrative officials had been permanently deputed at the bazaars vegetable and fruit Markets/ mandis to check artificial shortage of these commodities and profiteering.
Farooqui assured his full cooperation. He assured delegation that soon he would chair a long meeting with PCF. He also gave directives to his PA to make sure that all responsible heads of health, consumer affair and others must be present in that coming meeting.
Hamid Maker briefed Administrator Karachi in detail about the establishment of PCF. He said that in Pakistan, active recognizable consumer associations came into existence in the new millennium and the names of Helpline Trust, Consumer Association of Pakistan, Consumers Eye Pakistan, Consumer Forum, Pakistan Consumers Bureau and Consumer Foundation are at the fore front of consumer movement in Pakistan. In a country like Pakistan where importance of consumer related issues like consumer rights and consumer rights protection is rather a neglected and untouched area.
It is with this background that these Active Pioneer consumer organizations join hands in the better interest of the consumers and the society of Pakistan. This all put the very burden of consumer rights responsibility on the shoulders of a Federation of Consumer Associations the Pakistan Consumer’s Federation.
Umar Ghauri asked Administrator Karachi to ban use of illegally imported used cooking oil entering Karachi and also to look into Paper Bags/sacks made by used cement bags, harming people’s health as even Atta is also packed in these bags by Atta manufacturers and it should be stopped. Sheikh Rashid Alam gave detailed vision of PCF and asked Commissioner Karachi to cooperate for the sake of Consumers right protection he asked to establish a consumer monitoring cell in civic centre under the PCF.
Administrator Karachi listened to the delegations grievances regarding consumer rights protection and assured his full cooperation.
PCF delegation already had mate with the commissioner Karachi a month ago and soon will meet Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif respectively regarding the grim situation of Consumer Right Protection in Pakistan.
Chairman PCF thanked administrator for giving his time for unscheduled extra ordinary meeting for the benefit of consumers and his directive for next meeting with the delegation of PCF.
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