DIG East SaqibInamMemon, in response to deep concerns expressed over rising street crimes all over the city, stated that keeping in view Karachi’s population and the dimensions of this city, it was really a challenging task to deal with the menace of street crimes but all out efforts were being made to somehow control rising street crimes and provide relief to citizens.
“Thanks to the efforts being made by really hardworking and dedicated police officers, we have succeeded in foiling many criminal and terrorist activities however we are never appreciated for all the good things but strongly criticized for being unable to completely eradicate street crimes”, he said, adding that strenuous efforts will be made to thwart all types of criminal activities happening in this city so that the business community and the citizens could move fearlessly on the streets of Karachi.
The DIG East was speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) which was also attended by General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, Senior Vice President KCCI SaqibGoodluck, Vice President Shamsul Islam Khan, Chairman of KCCI’s Law & Order Subcommittee Junaid urRehman, Chairman of Special Committee for Small Traders MajeedMemon, Advisor Law & Order Subcommittee Saleem Farooqui, KCCI Managing Committee Members and a larger number of small traders/ shopkeepers along with SHOs of various police stations within the jurisdiction of District East.
Referring to concerns expressed over manhandling of businessmen in connection with NCOC’s directives to strictly observe business timings, the DIG East said that police officers were not trained to deal with this kind of situation in which the businessmen were being compelled to shut down their businesses.
“Unfortunately, this was happening as we are trained for dealing with crime and criminals but in the ongoing extraordinary situation, we have to force shopkeepers to shut down their shops”, he said, “It is not an excuse as businessmen must not be mistreated at any cost. We will look into this issue and take steps by strictly advising police officers to act politely.”
He also agreed to hold a meeting by every month-end for discussing law & issues being faced by KCCI members which would certainly improve coordination with KCCI and promptly resolve issues.
Chairman BMG ZubairMotiwala, who also joined the meeting via phone, stressed that the complaints raised by Karachi Chamber should be given special attention and resolved on top priority.
KCCI’s arbitration in any law and order issue has to be taken seriously as this Chamber would only intervene to seek assistance in resolving genuine issues being suffered by businessmen.
While underscoring the need for improved coordination between KCCI and police department, he extended full support and cooperation to police department in dealing with any issue related to business community.
Speaking on the occasion, Senior Vice President KCCI SaqibGoodluck stated that the Karachi Chamber has been playing an active role in resolving numerous issues being faced by the business community, of which the most serious issue that requires attention was rising street crimes happening all over the city even during broad daylight.