CM Sindh asked to take notice of high crime rate

KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has urged Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take serious notice of high increase in crime and expressed serious concern at the increasing cases of lawlessness in Karachi in broad daylight.

The union stated that there are daily robberies in streets, houses, offices, factories and godowns and are increasing daily and the situation demands immediate strong, strict and iron hand action. It informed the CM that cargo dispatched in containers to the port for export to global destination is being intercepted at gun point and driven to areas of gangsters and looted.

Several rice exporters have been deprived of their costly consignments and are suffering due to losses on one side and for non delivery on the other side. Even areas like the Defense Housing Authority (DHA) considered safe at one time is become
unsafe and many incidents of street crimes are reported daily.

The union has emphasized the need to report crime and urged the businessmen not to let go but report the crime and follow up with higher authorities to enable the government know the increase in crime rate area wise and hold the station house officer (SHO) responsible. The union questioned the absence of the law enforcing agencies and also urged the ministry of interior to take strict action for negligence and improve the crime control system scientifically with the help of cameras and identification systems.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the businessmen are receiving threats on cell phones and land lines demanding huge money. They are openly claiming themselves to be gangsters on SMS sent to businessmen and threatening to kill or kidnap them on refusal. The businessmen are being followed to and from their units and feeling unsafe and unsecured.

He said businessmen are afraid to go to their factories, offices, shops and warehouses for fear of being kidnapped or killed. Businesses are left at the mercy of employees which is worrisome as their is a possibility of employees coming under pressure of the miscreants and also connivance with the gangsters.

He said if this state of affairs continues for long the businessmen will either shift to Punjab or close down their business indefinitely. The union urged the mobile phone companies to take notice of cell phone abuse and disconnect the lines of such subscribers on verified complaints from the recipients and endorsed by the Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) or on the basis of First Information Report (FIR) lodged by the complainant.

The union also sought the help of the mobile phone companies for keeping the lines of gang members under observation and recording to enable the law enforcing agencies to track them and deal with them under the criminal code. It is important that the procedure of identifying and tracking is simplified to enable the law enforcing agencies to get after the miscreants.