Re-routing of processions urged to save marketsNovember 20, 2013
Karachi: All Pakistan Organization of Small Traders and Cottage Industries (APOST&CI) central leader Mehboob Azam has asked the government to re-route processions to save markets and bazaars from arson and ransacking.
Strongly condemned human loss and burning of more than 300 shops in the Rawalpindi mayhem, he said the incidents of ransacking and arson of markets by angry mobs during rallies and processions have been occurring regularly but the government is not paying due attention to save life and property of citizens.
He said the Rawalpindi carnage of a re-play of Bolton Market Karachi arson, but the police and administration failed to stop the arsonists from torching bazaars. He reminded that more than 3000 shops were ransacked and burnt in Bolton Market Karachi but not a single culprit was arrested and punished. He said had the culprits of Bolton Market carnage properly identified, exposed and taken to the task the Rawalpindi tragedy could have averted.
He demanded rerouting of processions so that they may not enter in market areas. He said the processions of religious nature should not be allowed to pass near the mosques and seminaries belonging to different schools of thought. He appealed Ulema and religious scholars to extended their support in this regard to save small traders and shopkeepers from grave losses.