The city businessmen said that said the already deteriorating law and order situation had far-reaching implications for trade and industry all over the country and in case necessary measures were not taken immediately the industrial and trading activities could not be run smoothly.
A week ago, KCCI sent SOS letter to the president, prime minister, Sindh governor and chief minister, federal and provincial interior ministers, Rangers director general and Sindh inspector general of police demanding their immediate intervention for concrete safety and security measures with result-oriented implementation but the criminal activities did not halt. Once again they have appealed to the president and prime minister to take immediate notice of the deteriorating law and order situation in the city and intervene otherwise there will be severe agitation from masses.
After huge losses that economy faced due to strike President Asif Ali Zardari realized situation and issued orders for taking strict action against extortionists and criminal groups in order to remove the grievances of the city’s business community.
Reportedly the police and Rangers launched a crackdown against the extortion mafia late Saturday night during which they rounded up 13 suspects, including activists of political parties, for their alleged involvement in extorting money from industrialists and traders of the city.
In a high level meeting it was decided that besides, about 250 commandos of Rapid Response Force would be deputed in the three districts to handle any major law and order situation that might arise during the crackdown. Similarly, about 300 personnel of the Frontier Constabulary, along with the area policemen, would be deployed at the major markets and industrial zones of the three districts.