RAWALPINDI -  The business community has expressed its deep concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation in the city besides alarming surge in the incidents of robberies and dacoities of millions of rupees at shopping malls, markets and houses of traders in Cannt and Civil Line.

The business community condemned the provincial government for its failure in protecting them. The traders also raised their serious concerns over the poor performance of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR), Regional Police Officer (RPO) Akhter Umar Hayyat Lalayka and police department.

During a meeting held here on Monday, they also demanded Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to pull the reigns of Rawalpindi police and its careless bosses besides providing it the facility of direct access to mobile data so that the hardcore criminals could be arrested.

The meeting was chaired by RCCI President Dr Shimail Daud while attended by traders’ delegations including Anjuman-e-Tajran Cannt President Sheikh Hafeez, Anjuman-e-Tajran Rawalpindi President Malik Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, Anjuman-e-Tajran Moti Bazaar Iqbal Chaudhry and others traders.

Addressing the meeting, Shimail Daud said that the ongoing energy crisis has already broken the backbone of industrial sector whereas the deteriorating law and order situation has doubled the miseries of the traders.

He said that it seemed the whole city in general while areas of Cannt and Civil Line in particular were being controlled by the gangs of armed robbers and looters who swaged traders including common man whenever and wherever they wanted.

"Police have closed their eyes and have left the citizens on the mercy of intruders and killers" he said, adding that the government should take concrete steps to overwhelm anti-social elements or else the traders would agitate across the division.

He said that provincial government has badly failed in providing protection to the business community because of which the gangs of armed robbers were up in the arms. The most pathetic thing was that neither police arrested intruders nor brought the increasing robberies down despite having video footages of CCTV cameras and deputing guards at several markets.

He said that the robbers have been using latest technology to deprive the people of valuables while police were trying to curb the crime with traditional and old style.

Those who nabbed in some cases were released by the courts owing to negligent police investigations, said RCCI President. 

He appealed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take notice of the negligence of police and its boss acting RPO. He also demanded to provide latest technology to police force to curb the crime in the city and to arrest the suspects immediately.