Karachi traders call strike on April 5

April 4, 2011 10:53 pm1 commentViews: 4


Karachi Chamber of Commerce and business (KCCI) has given a strike demand April five to protest against growing incidents of extortion and kidnapping for ransom of businessmen within the town, Geo News reported.

Endorsing the strike decision, KCCI President Saeed Shafiq said that the step has been taken underneath severe pressure from members of KCCI.

“Every day we have a tendency to meet a delegation of traders and shopkeepers with serious complaints. we have a tendency to cannot resist the pressure anymore and that we have given the strike decision against the deplorable security conditions within the money capital of the country,” he said.

Meanwhile on Thursday, thousands of traders and shopkeepers staged a protest on MA Jinnah Road, the business hub of the town, against the killing of a shopkeeper, reportedly by extortionists.

A few weeks ago, KCCI had started a crisis management cell to watch cases of extortion and kidnapping associated with the business community. Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik inaugurated the cell and claimed that the issues of business community can soon be resolved because the government was taking action against the miscreants.

“We stop working the crisis management cell on Thursday as a result of it had been ineffective in controlling crimes against the business community,” Shafiq informed, adding that the action has been taken to protest the indifference on the a part of government.

“We had no choice however to surrender to the need of the business community. KCCI is that the biggest platform of the business community and if we have a tendency to don’t resolve their issues, they’ll throw us out of this prestigious position,” he said.

Police and alternative law enforcement agencies of the town are incapable of controlling crimes against voters which is why KCCI has demanded that the govt. ought to hand over the town to the military, he added.

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