Traders demand stern action against extortionists

Karachi: A delegation of Karachi Iron & Steel Merchants Association (KISMA), while expressing deep concerns over rising lawlessness, particularly the incidents pertaining to demand for Bhatta and kidnapping for ransom in their respective markets, requested the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) to help KISMA in bringing this pressing issue to the notice of federal government in order to provide some relief to perturbed traders.

Concerns about deteriorating law and order situation were raised by KISMA delegation during a meeting at KCCI which was attended by President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President Muffasar A. Malik, Vice President Muhammad Idrees, Managing Committee members Zafar Saeed Baghpatee, Shahzad Mobeen, Ilyas Nanitalwala, Arif Balgamwala and others.

KISMA delegation comprised of its Chairman Haji Ghulam Muhammad, President Shamoon Baqir Ali, Senior Vice President Ashraf Govawala, Secretary General Muhammad Ahmed and Treasurer Jawed Motiwala.

Speaking on the occasion, President KISMA, Shamoon Baqir Ali expressed sheer disappointment over the performance of local police officers who have failed miserably to provide security to iron and steel traders. Due to extremely insecure business environment, the frustrated businessmen are finding it almost impossible to run their businesses in their respective areas, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, while assuring full support to KISMA delegation, said that Karachi Chamber will try its best to bring this serious issue to the notice of federal government and will continue to approach heads of various Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) till this issue is resolved in line with the aspirations of the business community.

He opined that in order to effectively deal with rising lawlessness, police department must be equipped with state-of-the-art weapons, other necessary equipment and technology which, if provided, would certainly improve the overall security situation to a greater extent.

“Currently, police mobiles and motorbikes responsible for patrolling some of the most sensitive areas of the city are in bad shape whereas most of the new and comparatively better vehicles are seen deployed for the security of VIPs, which intensifies the problems in affected areas”, President KCCI noted, adding that obsolete weapons are being used by police officials who find to impossible to act against criminals who are equipped with latest arms & ammunition.

Abdullah urged the federal government to take notice of the deteriorating security situation and order the concerned authorities to at least well-equip Sindh police with a view to improve security and give some sigh of relief to business community.

On the occasion, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees fervently slammed the high-ups of law enforcing agencies for their failure to restore peace and ensure security to business community. He pointed out that the law and order situation in Old City areas has worsened sharply as dozens of perturbed businessmen have approached KCCI for assistance. It is pertinent to mention here that KCCI office bearers have held several meetings from time to time with the heads of Law Enforcing Agencies who assured to provide relief to depressed business community.

He stressed that stringent strategies are needed to restore peace in Karachi which should be closely monitored by the federal government while the business community must also be taken on board.

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