Govt is stubbornly refusing to take action, complains MQM

Published: April 3, 2011
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Dr Farooq Sattar and Raza Haroon along with shopkeepers of the Aurangzeb Market. PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS

Dr Farooq Sattar and Raza Haroon along with shopkeepers of the Aurangzeb Market. PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee has complained about the increasing number of kidnappings and extortion cases in the city.

Unhappy about the government’s failure to take action, the MQM has demanded protection for traders and residents.

The number of kidnappings for ransom has increased to such an extent that traders have no option but to pay extortion and protect their families, said a statement. The government is stubbornly refusing to move against these hardened criminals involved in kidnappings and extortions. There are enough evidences to convict these criminals, it said.

Through written vouchers, the extortionists have been demanding a lot of money, believed the party leaders. Those belonging to the business community have been left at the mercy of criminals. They have been forced to take to the streets and observe strikes to make their voices heard, the statement said.

The Rabita Committee demanded President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of these issues.

Traders’ delegation meeting

Meanwhile, a delegation of the All Karachi Tajir Ittehad called on the MQM Rabita Committee deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar at the party headquarters, Nine Zero. MQM’s Wasim Aftab and Karachi Tanzimi Committee incharge Hammad Siddiqui were also present.

The delegation told Dr Sattar of the growing activities of gang war terrorists. They also complained about the extortionists and the wave of terror present in markets.

The criminal elements are sending “slips” to traders, asking them to pay hefty extortion money and then threatening them of dire consequences, said a member.

The authorities should ensure protection of the traders of the city, which contributes nearly 70 per cent to the national exchequer, he said. The traders warned that if the situation does not improve, they will be forced to shift their investment abroad.

The delegation hoped that the MQM will play its role in solving their problems and freeing them from the clutches of criminals and the extortion ‘mafia’. Dr Sattar assured them of his support.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 03rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Nasir Jamal
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:56AM

    It is very sad indeed. The business community of the Burns Road, Ranchore Lines and the adjoining areas have been left helpless because of the lack of action against the extortion mafia. They are being forced to pay huge sums as extortion. If they do not pay the money they are threatened with torture, murder and kidnapping.Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:29AM

    MQM has come out in support of traders in Karachi against ‘extortion’ and ‘torture’.
    That’s amazing. It is the MQM which has introduced culture of extortion, torture and target killings in this unfortunate city. One cannot but laugh at the statement of this readymade rabita committee of this organisation which suddenly springs up from nowhere and issues comical statements. Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:29PM

    As long as Zulfiqar Mirza is there there is no ending to these miseries .

    All and sundy know ,Mirza has been using the thugs of Lyari and Interiar Sindh and currently the ANP under the umbrella of People Amn Comittee to get his share of the booty .

    The Traders have gone to MQM for support , this is time for all to wake up and smell the coffee , ti is not MQM , but Zulfiqar Mirza and company , who are the real extortionists . Recommend

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