KARACHI - Chairman Businessmen Group & former president KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli has demanded the Prime Minister to provide security and safety to the business and industrial community as well as the Karachiites from the criminal elements, saying that the situation was very severe and the government was already late to bring peace.

According to the statement, in the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on the agenda to restore peace in Karachi held the other day at Governor House Karachi, he voiced that Karachi is a goose laying golden eggs and everyone wants to snatch these eggs whether it is an individual, political party, law enforcing agency, institution, tax collecting agency or a group.

He suggested the Prime Minister remedies which are important to maintain law and order and invited his attention towards the misuse of the prepaid mobile SIMs in criminal activities. In view of the fact that mobile phones are used in 70 per cent criminal activities taking place with the use of prepaid SIMs, he also demanded the Prime Minister to order all the mobile phone services providers to cancel all prepaid mobile SIMs and reissue duplicate SIMs and send to the subscribers on their postal address via courier service which will automatically get rid of those SIMs which are issued other than the CNIC holders and activate them after proper verification from the genuine users. This exercise will take hardly two-three days in this era of information technology.

Siraj Kassam Teli stated that as it is an open secret that police is politicized and linked with political parties in these crimes, therefore, to depoliticize police force immediately, the quickest way is to transfer the total force to other provinces and bring in police from there who have not been in Karachi before.

Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President Muhammad Haroon Agar stated that he appealed the Prime Minister of Pakistan for taking all essential measures and steps to restore peace in Karachi. Although, after 18th Amendment in the Constitution, law and order was provincial subject, however, owing to very alarming and severest ever law and order situation in the history of Karachi.

They stated that indeed it is encouraging to note the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while expressing his entire determination to restore peace and regain the status of Karachi as “City of Lights” has assured the business and industrial community of Karachi to take extraordinary measures and step towards ensuring law and order and safety and security of the citizens.