KARACHI - Director General of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Maj Gen Bilal Akbar has said that Rangers Special Task Cell will be providing security to foreign investors visiting Karachi with a view to create a sense of security and a business friendly environment in this important city of the country.

Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Monday, DG Rangers asked the business community to share details of expected foreign investors and their engagements in Karachi at least one to two weeks prior to their arrival so that Rangers Special Task Cell could accordingly make security arrangements.

Reviewing the performance of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Maj Gen Bilal Akbar informed that during the past one month, Sindh Ranger have carried out 250 operational activities in Karachi with an average of 7 to 8 operational activities per day. During these operational activities, some terrorists belonging to Tehrek-e-Taliban and criminals involved in sectarian killings, gang wars, dacoities and street crimes have also been arrested whereas huge cache of arms have also been recovered.

He claimed that Rangers have succeeded in improving the sense of security amongst Karachiites to a certain extent but the job was not over and lot more still needs to be done. “Currently, Pakistan Rangers Sindh was working on various fronts including Counter Terrorism Operation, Counter Sectarian Operation , Target Killings and kidnapping for ransom”, he added.

Touching upon Rangers’ focus on technological advancement, DG Rangers said that by the end of next year, the entire city will be electronically monitored which would help in effectively monitoring human activity, besides improving intelligence network. He assured the business community that Rangers officials are working round-the-clock to share the grievances and risks being suffered by Karachiites with special focus on creating a secure business environment.

Highlighting security measures to be adopted by Rangers during Ashura processions, DG Rangers informed that a total of 10,000 Rangers’ officials will be deployed to ensure security to Ashura processions in Sindh, of which 70 percent will be deployed in Karachi to avoid any unpleasant incident during Moharram ul Haram. Chairman Businessmen Group and former president KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli said that Karachi Chamber has always been advocating Rangers’ demand for more powers as peace can only be restored in Karachi by giving necessary power to Rangers.

Expressing deep concern over politicizing of police department, he said that most of recruitments in police department are being done on political grounds that was the key reason for the ongoing lawlessness in the city. In order to yield positive results, police department must be de-politicized on priority basis, he added.

Earlier, while welcoming DG Rangers Sindh, President KCCI, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra expressed deep persisting lawlessness all over the city, particularly targeted killings, violence, kidnapping for ransom, extortions, rampant street crimes and some cases of hijacking of loaded vehicles of trade goods. He said that these crimes have become major reasons for closure of businesses, flight of capital, massive unemployment, besides stopping the city of Karachi to play its popular role of major contributor to the national exchequer.

Senior Vice President KCCI Mohammad Ibrahim Kasumbi, Vice President KCCI, Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, CPLC Chief Ahmed Chinoy, Former Presidents KCCI, Majyd Aziz and A. Q. Khalil and KCCI Managing Committee members were also present at the meeting.