KARACHI - The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), President Abdullah Zaki has expressed utter disappointment as the business community was not taken on board in a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Heads of various Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) during Prime Minister’s visit to Karachi.

In a statement issued, President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki said that although it is extremely important that the overall progress must be periodically reviewed by the Prime Minister but it is highly unfair to keep the business community ill-informed and sidelined. Highlighting the overall law and order climate of Karachi city, President KCCI said that excluding the incidents of target killings in the city which have witnessed noticeable decline, the overall law and order Karachi remains poor and extremely fragile.

Abdullah pointed that the elements of Bhatta mafia have stretched their activities across the city as Karachi Chamber has been receiving complaints from those areas where the extortionists were almost inexistent few months ago.

Local shopkeepers and traders are fearlessly being attacked in broad daylight with grenades and shootouts are also being reported from various areas.  “We have also witnessed a new trend nowadays as businessmen are now receiving threats and demands for extortion from international callers.

The caller ID displays the phone numbers from Dubai and South Africa etc. which has triggered more anxiety amongst businessmen who fear that these phone callers are in Karachi and have acquired international SIMs. They are using the roaming facility within Pakistan so that they could not be traced easily”, he added. 

He said that although police and Rangers officers are usually seen deployed at various areas and sometimes carrying out snap checking but all these efforts appeared to be a futile exercise as the lawbreakers are fearlessly carrying weapons and grenades to threaten and attack the business community.  “Police and Rangers must be given freehand to deal with criminals and all LEAs must intensify security measures in various areas”, he added.  He requested the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to ensure that the genuine representatives of the business community, particularly the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry must be taken on board and allowed to participate in such meetings.

 “We being the real victims of lawlessness can certainly brief the Prime Minister better about the ground realities of Karachi city’s security situation which was not goods at all”, he added.