KARACHI: The paramilitary force was not enjoying the powers it needed to maintain durable peace in Karachi as even after six months of Karachi operation, these powers are still on papers and have not been devolved.
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) expressed serious apprehensions and shock over the recent such remarks by Director General Pakistan Ranger Sindh, Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar.
BMG Chairman and former President KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli, vice Chairmen BMG Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki and Anjum Nisar, President KCCI Abdullah Zaki and others said DG Rangers’ remarks have triggered anxiety amongst members of the business and industrial community.
KCCI advised federal and provincial governments to make coordinated efforts and devise a clear strategy for effectively dealing with deteriorating law and order situation on war-footing basis and give some sigh of relief to perturbed Karachiites. The government should stop playing politics as this is a matter of life and death for the citizens of Karachi and Karachiites do not understand how can the decision makers take such a serious issue so lightly. Referring to slow progress of the ongoing operation and failure to yield positive results, KCCI recalled during Prime Minister’s recent visit to Karachi, the business community expressed sheer disappointment over deteriorating law and order situation of Karachi city and advocated the need to intensify Karachi operation and prolong it to an indefinite period till peace is fully restored across the city.
KCCI said although the Prime Minister agreed to business community’s demand and assured full cooperation but it was a matter of grave concern Pakistan Rangers Sindh, which was playing the lead role in the ongoing surgical operation, remained disabled as they complained of being powerless.
Siraj Teli said considering the overall worsening security situation which was likely to plunge the metropolitan city of Karachi to a point of no return, the appointment of IG should not be delayed further. Referring to Prime Minister’s meeting with heads of LEAs at Governor House, Siraj Teli said although Prime Minister has directed concerned authorities to accelerate action against unregistered SIMs but it was unlikely to deliver desired results as such futile practices have been undertaken from time to time.
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