KARACHI - The Bin Qasim Association of Trade and Industry (BQATI) has showed its serious concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Bin Qasim Town and its adjoining areas, where the increasing number of street crimes have not only hampered production activities, but also gave a bad signal to foreign investors. The Association has demanded of the provincial government to ensure strict enforcement of law in the jurisdiction of Port Qasim Industrial Zone and Landhi Industrial Zone and to provide maximum security to the industrialists and their employees working in these areas. Talking to TheNation, Chairman Law & Order Committee BQATI Farhan Ansari said: We have raised this issue to the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) Chief, Ahmed Chinoy, in a meeting held at BQATI office recently. We have informed the CPLC Chief that a large number of foreigners, who are working in these areas have been suffered at the hands of the criminals freely, he said. He further said that the gangs of miscreants on motorcycles are engaged in holding up of cars at gun point and snatching mobile phones, wallets, laptops and other valuables from the drivers and passengers. A number of persons have been killed and injured by these criminals. In addition, the risk of kidnapping of company personnel and incidents of car snatching has been increasing in such areas, he added. He said that in order to curb such incidents the Association has suggested CPLC and police to use security checkpoints in the problematic area between Quaidabad to T-Point of PQA and the internal link roads. Moreover, extensive patrolling by plain clothes police guards from Landhi to Memon Goth and the pot checking by uniformed security staff could be effective in controlling criminal elements. The BQATI has also asked CPLC for the installation of concealed CCTV cameras at key locations and for managing exclusive police mobiles & police guards for National Highway. The CPLC Chief assured that he will provide all the required support to the industrialists of the area. The police would also be provided data of criminals available with CPLC. It is pertinent to mention here that the key large-scale manufacturing industries, such as Engro, Lotte, Indus Motors, FFBL, Gamalux, Ali Industries and Kissan Oil, and BOC are located in the industrial zones of Port Qasim and Landhi. The industrial zone of Port Qasim is spread around 12,000 acres where around 50,000 work force is employed.