Karachi - All Karachi Anjuman-e-Tajiran (AKAT) sought Karachi Chamber’s assistance in convincing the Sindh government to hold local government elections at the earliest in order to save the city from further infrastructural disaster.

A delegation of AKAT, highlighted the grievances being suffered by small traders and shopkeepers of all commercial markets due to rising lawlessness, poor traffic management, massive encroachments and dilapidated infrastructure of the city.

Exchanging views during a visit to KCCI, AKAT Chairman Haroon Chand pointed out that timely local government elections would pave way for transferring political, financial, and administrative powers at local level, which would surely help in effectively dealing with dozens of civic issues pertaining to cleanliness, sewerage, water supply, infrastructure development, disaster management, parking & traffic management and encroachments etc. being suffered by Karachiites every day.

AKAT delegation further informed that small traders of various markets across Karachi were constantly being threatened by the elements of Bhatta mafia to either fulfill their demands or face dire consequences and the overall situation, which has triggered extreme anxiety amongst traders and shopkeepers, continues to worsen day by day.

They said that incidents pertaining to street crimes have also risen sharply nowadays in all commercial markets and it has also been observed that criminals take advantage of the traffic jam on some of the busiest streets of Karachi by fearlessly looting the commuters and easily fleeing from the spot on motorbikes which is a matter of grave concern and requires immediate attention.

Unfortunately, no improvement has been witnessed so far and many hopeless traders find no other option but to succumb to Bhatta mafia’s demand, they added.

Speaking on the occasion, President KCCI, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra assured to take up all issues being suffered by small traders and shopkeepers with the concerned authorities at the earliest. “The Karachi Chamber fully realises the vital role being played by small traders in the economy of Karachi and gives high priority to the issues being faced by them.