KARACHI  - Chairman Businessmen Group (BMG) and former President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Siraj Kassam Teli , while strongly criticising the passage of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) Bill 2015 by the Senate, urged the business and industrial community of Karachi, particularly the textile sector, to lead the protest and come out on streets against this anti-business move of the government.
Siraj Teli was speaking at a densely attended dinner reception hosted at PAF Convention Center by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and the Businessmen Group (BMG) to mark 18 years of Public Service of Businessmen Group from KCCI’s platform.
BMG Chairman Siraj Teli cautioned the entire business and industrial community that tough time was just ahead so the entire business community must be ready to face the consequences of the anti-business and negative policies of the government towards the business community of Karachi only whereas the rest of the country remains exempted from such policies.
Commenting on water shortages being suffered by Karachi, Siraj Teli said that a false impression about water shortages was being issued as there was no shortage of water. Karachi receives around 700 to 800 million gallons per day but they falsely claim to have been receiving 500 MGD only. He was of the view that an artificial water shortage was deliberately being created with a view to financially benefit from the situation by supplying water through tankers at exorbitant rates instead of supplying the same via pipelines in which politicians, Water Board and the bureaucracy were involved. He urged the business community to speak the truth and jointly raise voice for resolving numerous problems being suffered by the citizens of Karachi.
Siraj Teli further said that KCCI never supported any strikes or lockdowns but there were some illegal trade bodies, industrial alliances, business councils and forums who have been supporting strike calls and unfortunately, the media also highlights them by immediately broadcasting their TV tickers. In this regard, he requested the media to act responsibly and discourage such illegal trade bodies who give irresponsible statements. Karachi Chamber is the only legal body of the city of Karachi while seven industrial town associations, who have territorial responsibilities, are also affiliated with this chamber so the media should only entertain those legal trade bodies which are registered with Ministry of Commerce.
Earlier, President KCCI Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, in his welcome remarks, said that 18 years of BMG success at KCCI and the unopposed victories during the past 8 years clearly depict the trust and confidence of the entire business community of Karachi over the transparent policies of Businessmen Group under the leadership of Siraj Teli . “All BMGians at KCCI have been dedicatedly discharging their services under the slogan of “Public Service” and the office bearers are strictly directed to listen to and resolve the genuine issues of any businessman or industrialist who climbs KCCI’s stairs for assistance”, he added.
Former President KCCI Abdullah Zaki pointed out that KCCI office bearers have been trying very hard and have remained very successful in earning nationwide and global recognition for Karachi Chamber.