Traders concerned over security arrangements

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Senior Vice President Khalid Chaudry strongly condemned the recent bomb blasts in the Super Market and G9 Karachi Company, which have created a lot of concerns in the business community. He called upon the local administration to beef-up the security arrangements in all the commercial centres of the capital because if the wave of terrorist activities is not stopped in markets, the customers would not take risk to visit the business areas due to which the business activities would badly suffer. Chaudhry said that the police patrol from residential areas and markets has been withdrawn, and the police force is deployed in sectors assigned to the VIPs. The city has been handed over to the criminals and street crimes are on the rise, he added. He said that even the Red Zone is not safe now as the recent bomb blasts have occurred within areas that are just one kilometre away from the Presidency and Prime Minister’s House. He said that dozens of vehicles are being theft daily in the twin cities, recovery of which is just five percent, while bank robberies and snatching money from those who draw cash from banks has become almost a daily routine. He appealed Minister for Interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan and Islamabad IGP Aftab Cheema to ensure tight security arrangements in the markets, increase police patrol in the commercial areas, order thorough investigations against recent bomb blasts, and pay compensation to the bereaved family of the security guard who was killed in the blast in the Super Market.

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