Frequent ‘mourning’ calls mar Karachi businessApril 29, 2013
Karachi: Frequent calls of political parties to observe ‘mourning days’ in Karachi has marred local business, resulting in huge losses for traders, said Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor.
In an appeal to all the political and ethnic parties here Monday, he requested them not to give mourning day calls, as the economy has already been shattered. He said that three parties, mainly being targeted now, had ruled Sindh province for long years. He said this trio enjoyed uninterrupted power and luxuries of government for years and years. He said whenever the judiciary tried to put the things straight to fix the criminals, these three parties always protested and protected the criminals elements in their folds. He said in the backdrop to put blame on Taliban and other such outfits seemed a lame excuse.
Altaf Shakoor said the overhauling of the national institutions is the need of the hour, particularly the police department. All the postings on political basis should be scraped and the next government should start their legislation by making laws to sack all police officials inducted on political basis.
He said the closure of markets due to frequent strikes, protests and mourning hit hard the people depending on daily wages. He said these worst sufferers are in millions. Also the business and investment is being shifted to Dubai and other peaceful destinations. He said the business people of Karachi who don’t have those opportunities are migrating to Lahore and Islamabad.
He said on one hand the terrorist groups are detonating bombs and committing targeted killings on daily basis and on the other these parties give mourning calls to further aggravate the situation. Both are doing the same job – to devastate the economy of Karachi.
He said we strongly condemn this terrorism but one has to accept the responsibility of present condition which is purely the fruits of misdeeds of previous coalition government which made record corruption so much so that the country is on the brink of collapse. Now it seems that the forces behind this terrorism are giving a safe exit to the partners of previous coalition government by doing their best to get postponed the elections.
Altaf Shakoor urged the Election Commission of Pakistan ECP and other concerned institutions not to bow before to this election delaying agenda, and hold elections on time as promised which will be eventually a big victory for the democratic forces and the peace loving people of Pakistan.
He also extended sympathies to the victims of ongoing spate of terrorism and demanded of the government to give security of life and property to citizens.