Karachi: The trade and industry has strongly demanded of the government to swiftly complete the operation against criminals in Lyari so that the peaceful trade and industrial activities should be resumed.
The Patron In-Chief Korangi Association of Trade and Industries (KAT), S M Muneer, Chairman Ehtesham Uddin, Vice Chairmen, Hasham A Razzak and Tariq Malik and President All Karachi Industrial Alliance, Mian Zahid Hussain said in a statement that prolonged operation in Lyari is badly tarnishing the image of Pakistan abroad and has adversely affected the industrial activities which were already remained in lowest ebb due to ongoing energy and other crisis.
They said that exports are continuously declining and manufacturers were not getting orders from their buyers due to law and order situation in Karachi. “Is it a nuclear power or Banana Republic that a small and simple operation is being prolonged unnecessarily”, S M Muneer questioned.
He demanded of the government to wind up operation in a shortest possible time as peaceful people also live in Lyari who have to face extreme conditions and are without water and power and food for the last several days.
Muneer said that over 36 persons have lost their lives and many wounded in continuous firing by the miscreants and they are using rocket launchers and hand grenades. Surprisingly, the rangers are not being called to help the police.”
In our opinion government should call Rangers/Military and impose curfew to clear this area from the miscreants firing on the police”, Muneer said adding that all T.V channels are showing this firing and fighting for many hours daily and creating bad name for Pakistan abroad. He said that many workers live in Lyari and a number of factories have shortage of about 40 to 50% workers thus resulting in heavy production loss to the country.
He further said that genuine demands of Lyari people should be met but miscreants must be stopped immediately.
For more information, contact:
Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI)
ST-4/2, Sector 23, Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi 74900
Tel: +9221 3506 1211 -2
Cell: +92346 2012346
Fax: +9221 3506 1215