LAHORE – The business community has condemned the increasing incidents of kidnapping for ransom, extortion incidents and murders of the businessmen particularly of traders of the Hindu community.

Expressing grave concern over the migration of Hindu businessmen from Jakabad, the All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran, said that the growing trend of migration of traders particularly from minority groups will convey a wrong message globally, obstructing foreign investment into the country.

The APAT central leadership including chairman Khawaja Shafiq and general secretary Naeem Mir termed the immigration of a number of Hindu families to India as a desperate step because of the unbridled crimes against their community.

The APAT central leadership said that there was a growing sense of insecurity in the Hindu community in Jacobabad. It called for urgent steps to protecting their life and property in order to restore their confidence.

They demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take serious notice of the migration of the Hindu traders to India as a last resort because of kidnappings and murders of their fellows. They demanded that the elements behind such heinous crimes against a particular community should be arrested and justice should be done.

They said that the Anjuman-e-Tajiran believes in religious tolerance and harmony, asking the Hindu community to pray for the peace, progress and prosperity of the country.