KCCI Appeals to PM, Army Chief to Address Karachi Target Killings

KCCI Appeals to PM, Army Chief to Address Karachi Target Killings

PkRevenue.com – The President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Sheikh, has voiced grave concerns over the escalating incidents of target killings in Karachi.

He has urgently appealed to the Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff, Chief Minister of Sindh, and the Interior Minister to take immediate and strict notice of the deteriorating law and order situation.

Sheikh warned that if these issues are not promptly addressed, it could lead to a flight of investment from the country’s largest city, further exacerbating the already fragile economy.

Sheikh’s concerns were heightened by the recent daylight murder of Asif Suleman Bilwani in Defense Phase II. He emphasized that Karachi has once again been plunged into a state of lawlessness, where businessmen, industrialists, students, and ordinary citizens are being fearlessly murdered. This rampant violence, he said, raises serious questions about the effectiveness of the law enforcement agencies, particularly the police and rangers, who are tasked with maintaining order in the city.

According to data from the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), 163 people were murdered in Karachi from February to April 2024. Sheikh pointed out that this number is likely to increase, given the surge in target killings in May and early June. “The deteriorating law and order situation, especially the recent spate of target killings, has created immense anxiety among the business community and the general public, who now feel unsafe conducting their daily activities,” he stated.

Sheikh urged the government to take stringent measures to address this crisis. He suggested holding the police officials accountable in areas where target killings occur by initiating strict disciplinary actions and denying them postings in sensitive areas if they fail to quickly apprehend the culprits. He believes this would incentivize law enforcement to be more proactive.

Additionally, Sheikh demanded a review of the heavy deployment of police personnel for the security of ministers, bureaucrats, and high-ranking officials. He argued that this practice leaves too few officers available for public protection, which is a significant contributor to the city’s lawlessness.

The KCCI president reiterated his call for urgent action from the government, highlighting the pressure from KCCI members who are demanding a general body meeting to discuss the rising lawlessness and to convince the government to implement remedial measures. “Given the severity of the situation, we hope that the government will prioritize restoring peace in Karachi, enabling the city to continue its vital role in the country’s economic development,” Sheikh appealed.

He also called on Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to convene a meeting as soon as possible, including all heads of law enforcement agencies and representatives from the business community, to collaboratively devise strategies to combat the poor law and order situation effectively.