Karachi lawlessness: 350 units closed in SITE this year, many more to follow

Karachi: As many as 250 industrial units have already been closed in SITE Karachi alone this year due to rampant lawlessness which has so far claimed lives of four industrialists, an emergent meeting of S.I.T.E. Association of Industry told here Tuesday evening.

The meeting held in the office of S.I.T.E. Association of Industry with Dr. Arshad A. Vohra, Chairman, S.I.T.E. Association in chair offered Fateha for late Ali Asghar Rajani of M/s. Mushtaq Corporation, an industrialist of SITE area who was brutally killed by unidentified killers previous evening as he going from his factory to residence.

Strongly condemned the murder of Rajani, Vohra said this was the fourth incident of murder of industrialists of SITE area and during the last one year about 350 units has been closed and many more are thinking to shift.

He said that the persistent deterioration of law and order situation in the oldest, biggest and prime industrial estate of the country despite our all efforts and continued follow ups with police have not resulted into creation of least deterrence and discouragement for the on ever increase of criminal elements which have now been institutionalized to act in a work based and information based weaved system. The chances of success of criminals to the adversary of the economic environment for carrying out economic activities is perhaps leading to conclude that preventive measures, operating pressures and detections by the police department has reached to a inconsiderate level encouraging criminals to remain insulated from the heat of law in a highly diluted environment of the order which police has not been able to maintain.

He said the spillover effect of continued rising crimes is also inflicting upon the continued decline in investments which presently as compared to last year has further shown declining trend. He said it is the duty of state through police department to save the life and property of the citizens which has direct co relation with the economic growth and conducting economic activities.

He said the SITE area which is plagued with encroachments, as and when where you like without check of the police leads to the illegal possessions of lands has further provided fuel for criminalization of environment. These illegal encroachments become heaven and shelter for the criminals, undisputed as to its reason for acting as catalyst to promote the crime and discourage the economy from moving forward in harmony. Economy cannot move amid conflicts and contradictions of highly charged bad law and order situation.

He further said that S.I.T.E. Association of Industry has always been mindful of extending all cooperation to police for improving their performance to create the deterrence. With the displeasure and dismay of the association we do not see any movement/patrolling by the police in the area. We were always advocating for the additional resources and all higher ups including Chief Minister of Sind but consolidating the whole situation we would not spare the words from being registered that we are dissatisfied with the performance of police in SITE as well as other offices who should help in containing the continuation of encroachments including but not limited to at least repairing roads to motor able levels and putting lights on streets.

Siraj Kassam Teli, Patron-in-Chief, S.I.T.E. Association of Industry expressed his condolence on the incident, condemned this act and demanded that culprits should be immediately gripped into the hands of law and restore the peaceful situation to run the industry by the government on war footing basis.

M. Zubair Motiwala, Chairman, Sind Board of Investments expressing condolence on the incident demanded that special force to control the law & order situation in the SITE industrial area be deployed immediately by the government.

The representatives of other Associations i.e. Jawed Bilwani, Central Chairman, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, Chairman, All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association S/B. Zone, Aslam Rayaz, Chairman, SITE. Superhighway Association, M. Haroon Shamsi, Chairman, Federal B. Area Association of Trade & Industry, Aslam Chughtai, Chairman, North Karachi Association of Trade & Industry & Naveed Shakoor, Chairman, Law & Order Sub-Committee, Bin Qasim Association of Trade & Industry fully endorsed the view points of Dr Vohra and stressed the unity among all the town associations as industrialists of Karachi are facing almost all the similar scenario as in SITE area.

They were of the opinion that the prime objective of unity is protection of life & property of each individual. They stressed for close coordination and constitute a joint Sub-Committee to monitor the law & order situation of all the industrial areas of Karachi.

It was unanimously resolved and demanded that government should immediately arrest the criminals involved in this incident and within 24 hours give us a clear road map whether we should close our units or let us know that how we should run our industries in the current scenario of law & order and as well as issue directions to IGP & DG Rangers to let us brief about the steps being taken for improvement of law & order in the SITE area.

Haroon Farooki, M. Tariq Yousuf, Past Chairmen, Sikandar Imran, Senior Member, Younus M. Bashir, Salim Parekh, Ali Ahmed, Yousuf Yaqoob, Muhammad Saleem, Members Executive Committee M. Irfan Moton, Immediate Past Chairman Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Senior Vice President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dr. Qazi Ahmed Kamal, Vice Chairman and a large number of members of S.I.T.E. Association of Industry were also present.