Lahore - The business community on Saturday said the government would have to redesign its anti-terrorism policy as the existing methodology has failed to stem the acts of terror in the country. They said that it was very strange that despite all-out efforts, the terrorists were attacking the place of their choice and killing innocent people. They said that any further delay in taking a strong stand against terrorists could  cause undue damage to the country.

They said that although law enforcement agencies were putting in their best efforts to weed out the menace of terrorism but to make the country terrorism free, every person of the society should have to play its role.

“Terrorist and their facilitators don’t deserve any sympathy as they are playing havoc with the country. Speedy trial and strict punishment to the terrorists and their facilitators are a must to control this menace. Law enforcement agencies should enhance their coordination and ensure timely exchange of all information,” they observed.

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Muhammad Arshad said that security has become the most important issue and calls for emergent measures to tackle it head-on. They said that terrorism could only be defeated by collective efforts as no single entity can cope with the situation fully.

He said LCCI is ready to take every possible step for the well being of business community. He called to make the businessmen-police liaison committees functional in all the major city markets by incorporating genuine businessmen in these committees.

He said that state-of-the-art security system including night vision security cameras and surveillance system with complete backup arrangements should be installed in all markets of the city and other public points to monitor the anti-social elements.

OICCI President Shahab Rizvi said foreign investors still consider security and law and order their top concern in doing business in Pakistan despite the overall improvement.

The OICCI is confident that with continuing focused attention and commitment of the government and law enforcement agencies, Pakistan will soon be able to attract even more foreign investment, he added.

Members of the Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) have shown appreciation for the improving law and order situation, especially in Karachi, by maintaining a positive perception in the annual OICCI security survey conducted in June.

While the overall survey results were considerably positive for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, foreign investors have concerns about the growing number of street crimes, especially in Karachi.

FPCCI termed the recent blasts a bid to destablise China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. FPCCI Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad said, "Fast pace of CPEC project is disturbing our enemies that are why they are creating instability."

Jawad said the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would enhance economic and industrial activities in Gwadar and usher in a new era of development and prosperity in the country especially in the province of Balochistan.

FPCCI EC member Sardar Usman Ghani said the project would also positively contribute towards national security and solidarity. He said that after completion of CPEC, Gwadar sea port would serve as a gateway in the region. CPEC would not only reduce unemployment and poverty but also become a source of economic stability and mutual social benefits. Sardar Usman said Pakistan would continue moving towards economic development and the FPCCI was fully cooperating with the government and the security forces to bring peace and harmony in the region. Balochistan is a life line of Pakistan and no one is allowed to destabilize the economic activities there, he said. He called upon the government to implement the National Action Plan (NAP) in complete letter and spirit and eliminate terrorists from society.