KARACHI: Voice of Karachi Industrialists (VKI) on Monday marched toward Chief Minister House after staging a protest demonstration, and also held a press conference at Karachi Press Club against rising incidents of extorting and kidnapping for ransom.
They demanded safety, imposing of emergency in industrial zones and warned that if the government did not provide them security they would be compelled to shut down their mills, factories and other industrial units for indefinite time.
Addressing the press conference, Mehtab Chawla, Head of Core Committee of VKI, said that VKI was an alliance of North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry, Federal B Area Association of Trade and Industry and SITE Superhighway Association of Trade and Industry, while it also has also the support of all other industrial zones of Karachi.
He said that these three industrial zones were more affected from poor law and order situation, adding kidnapping for ransom has become order of the day in these zones, while extorting was also on peak.
To a question he said: “I do not know the actual number of kidnapped industrialists as now after any incident people do not inform the police and even the associations because they think that it can complicate the matter so they pay the ransom silently for safe recovery of hostages.”
He demanded of the government to take notice of the situation, impose security emergency in industrial zones, recover the kidnapped industrialists forthwith, appoint honest and competent officers in law enforcing agencies and make special laws for tackling the situation.
He further demanded using of billion of rupees of Export Development Fund for provision of security to the industrialists and deactivation of all illegal mobile phone SIMs immediately.
Chawla demanded constituting a special committee comprising on Home Minister, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, heads of intelligence agencies and representatives of all seven industrial zones of Karachi. “This Committee should hold a weekly meeting for improving of the situation while Sindh Assembly should check the performance of the committee every month,” he added.
He said that if these demands were not accepted and industrialists were not provided security they would start a ‘token strike’ in the three industrial zones and stop paying taxes to the government while in the next phase all industrial units would be shut.
Javid Ali Ghori, Sheikh Tahseen, Rehan Shekhani and other industry leaders were also present while a large number of industrialists gathered outside Karachi Press Club.
After the conference they staged a protest demonstration in front of the Club and then march towards Chief Minister House but in half way they were stopped by police and then after negotiation a delegation of industrialists were allowed to go to Chief Minister House to discussed the issue with government high ups while the protesters dispersed peacefully.
Heavy contingent of police were deployed while water canon was also present on the spot to tackle any untoward situation.
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