KARACHI - Traders at Karachi’s only wholesale vegetable market have decided to shut down Sabzi Mandi for indefinite period against extortion, robberies and killing of traders.Dealers complained that the law and order situation was very disturbing in the vicinities of the market. They demanded the government to take immediate concrete steps to control the situation and arrest the murderers of their colleague Babar Hayat. Babar Hayat, 35, a trader at the Sabzi Mandi, was gunned down by some extortionists on April 20.The traders held a protest demonstration in the market against the ever-increasing number of killings of traders and robberies of millions of rupees.Later, the Sabzi Mandi market committee organised a press conference which was jointly chaired by Traders Alliance Vice Chairman Asif Ahmed, Zahid Awan and Shah Jahan. They told the mediamen that police shown arrest of fake killers of Baber Hayat and also register an FIR against the traders who protested for their survivals. He blamed that the authorities’ wanted to halt all trading activities in the market.They warned fruit and `vegetable supply is likely to remain suspended from Thursday, if the traders’ demands are not met by the authorities concerned.Meanwhile, Gadap Police SP Jan Birhmani termed the traders’ protest unreasonable, saying the criminal involved in the killing of a trader had been arrested. A supply of around 500 hundred trucks is witnessed in the market daily and according to the traders, supply of fruits and vegetables had been stopped across the country.According to some traders at the market, the closure of wholesale vegetable and fruit market would cease supply of fruits and vegetables to over 18 million residents of Karachi besides affecting other markets, distributors and growers.Despite tall claims of the law enforcement agencies, they have been constantly receiving receipts from extortionists. The movement of criminals in the market has become a routine but no action is taken by the police or Rangers personnel, they added. The Sabzi Mandi in Karachi is the largest wholesale market in the country which spread over 100 acres with three divisions including fruits, vegetables, onions and potato. The market is meeting the fruit and vegetable demands of the country’s biggest city apart from the exports.Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazhar ul Haq has said that Sindh Education Department believes in supremacy of merit. With the support of World Bank 19 thousand teachers are being recruited on merit basis to cope up with the shortage of the teachers in the province and to eradicate unemployment as well, said the education minister in a statement issued here on Wednesday.He said that keeping in view the problems of jobless youth, Sindh Education Department had reduced form fee from Rs300 to Rs.30 and these were the bank processing charges while Sindh Education Department would get no benefit from the said amount. Minister for Education added that the purpose of form fee was to make the whole process transparent and the form fee was being taken on the suggestion of World Bank.He said, ‘Teacher vacancies will be filled on Union Level and where there is no vacancy in the Union, no form will be received for such union’. He said that those who were against the reforms of Sindh Education Department were making hue and crying for nothing. He advised the candidates for the teachers’ jobs that they should not pay attention on rumours, trust in education department, because these vacancies would be filled on purely merit basis.