KARACHI: Karachi Vegetable Market Traders on Wednesday announced strike for indefinite period from April 26 against threats being hurled by Taliban and others mafias to them.
Talking to PPI, Fruit and Vegetable Market Association Joint Secretary Lala Rahim said that the traders were forced to shut down their businesses due to increased incidents of extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
He said that several traders were abducted from the Sabzi Mandi and released after payment of ransom from different Taliban and mafia groups.
Rahim said that a meeting was held with the deputy Commissioner East Samiuddin Siddiqui who assured them of providing security. He said that the lack of police patrolling in the area was creating law and order situation.
“We are receiving death threats on continuous basis but no government official pays heed towards our demand. However, t soon after the announcement of our strike, deputy commissioner came to meet us,” he said.
Rahim said the deputy commissioner had assured them to establish a separate police station for the Sabzi Mandi and boost up deployment and patrolling of police on Superhighway.
He said that they had not yet decided to call-off their strike, adding they would not be satisfied until the promises made by the government are fulfilled.
He also demanded of authorities to install CCTV cameras and deploy police and rangers in Sabzi Mandi to protect traders. “The broken roads towards fruit market should be constructed on immediate basis in order to avoid robberies,” he concluded.
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