KARACHI - President Bin Qasim Association of Trade & Industry Mian Muhammed Ahmed has expressed grave concern over deteriorating law and order situation at Bin Qasim industrial area due to Edible Oil Carriage Contractors Association’s strike.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, he said that due to this strike around 200 to 300 oil tankers are parked on National Highway and main PQA road”. “This indeed affects our member industrialists, foreign investors, traders, foreign engineers and staff working in Port Qasim Industrial Zone”, he added.

On February17, 4 NLC tankers carrying edible oil from Port Qasim to up country were set on fire which blocked main entrance and exit road of Port Qasim Industrial Zone. This has created lot of panic in the area, he said.

He said these events have reemphasized the need to implement strict and additional security measures to minimize the risk of criminal activities on PQA roads and protect the infrastructure and manpower of Port Qasim industries.

PQ Association requested the higher authorities including Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad, Governor Sindh, and Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, to investigate the matter and take immediate steps for protecting persons and property against these acts, thefts and sabotage attempts in the best interest of the industries operating in the area.

On February17, the incident took place near Port Qasim where the members of All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association (APOTOA) staged a protest demonstration against the allotment of edible oil transportation contract to private contractors.

The protesters, who parked oil tankers at National Highway and blocked it for every vehicular movement, alleged the government for granting oil transportation contract to private contractors to earn undue gains.