As police flounder, MQM and businessmen prepare parallel security forces

Published: September 4, 2012
The MQM, Mir said, asked for suggestions on what the party could do for the business community.

The MQM, Mir said, asked for suggestions on what the party could do for the business community.

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is following through on its offer to provide protection to Karachi’s traders and industrialists and a preliminary plan is being reportedly chalked up.

The party met some of the city’s prominent business professionals on Sunday, including Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mian Abrar Ahmed, head of the All Karachi Tajir Ittehad Atiq Mir and the Sindh Board of Investment Chairperson Zubair Motiwala as well as Siraj Kassim Teli and SM Munir. MQM Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar and Sindh ministers Raza Haroon, Abdul Rauf Siddiqui and Dr Sagheer Ahmed took part.

In his speech at an Iftar on August 6, party head Altaf Hussain had offered to contribute 100,000 party activists to provide security for traders, given the widespread cases of extortion. He also told them to buy guns for their own protection.

Attendees at Sunday’s meeting, according to Atiq Mir, discussed that proposal in more detail. Mir told The Express Tribune that, “the government and law enforcement agencies have failed in their duty to protect citizens”.

“We hear from the government and the police and Rangers that they do not have adequate forces to provide protection, and we should hire private security instead,” Mir said.

The MQM, Mir said, asked for suggestions on what the party could do for the business community. “It was suggested that the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee could develop a framework on how to bring this force into the legal domain, as a parallel with the police and Rangers.”

Mir said that it was decided that the MQM would provide the manpower, the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee would look at the process and the legalities and the coordination with markets would be undertaken by the respective associations.

“If the government would fulfil its responsibilities then one wouldn’t need an organisation,” Mir said, in response to a question about potential complications arising from a parallel security force.

Mir said the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee had been told to start on the paperwork “right away” and this process would get moving very soon.

According to the MQM’s official account of the meeting, the business professionals and industrialists at the meeting expressed their concern over the cases of extortion and kidnapping in Karachi, and also offered solutions.

The MQM, in turn, has offered to host conventions in Karachi and Lahore for the business community and to provide support in countering crime.

CPLC chief Ahmed Chinoy did not respond to calls by the time of filing this report.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Muhammad Usman
    Sep 4, 2012 - 1:21AM

    Cat will safegaurd milk


  • Imran
    Sep 4, 2012 - 12:21PM

    Great Step!!


  • dpd
    Sep 4, 2012 - 1:29PM

    with 100,000 more guns in KARACHI. The killings will increase 10 fold.


  • Genius
    Sep 4, 2012 - 2:19PM

    Go for it man go for it. If the so called Police cannot protect people, people are left with no option than to organise to protect themselves within the confines of the law of the land.
    So to organise peace and protection brigade it should be done adhering to good principles, discipline and under the directives of lawyers and security experts.
    Yes one would say the need is there and this is a brilliant idea from a party of the people, by the people, for the people.


  • Yo Man
    Sep 4, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Seemingly a good initiative, but it may as well be means to institutionalize the party’s militant wing and entrench itself for gaining experience and knowledge for running Karachi in future as planned by its masters.


  • Dr.X
    Sep 4, 2012 - 3:04PM

    This is the least sensible solution to the problem.


  • ouch
    Sep 4, 2012 - 3:06PM

    this is going to be a HUGE HUGE mess now…


  • M.I. Khan
    Sep 4, 2012 - 5:33PM

    Absolutely absurd idea. Why not take appropriate steps to train and equip the existing law enforcing agencies. The suggested arrangement would mean legalizing Bhatta Khori in the name of protection which is already prevalent though denied. The other political parties would also follow suit to create a real mess and maybe a civil war.Recommend

  • Muzaffar
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:00PM

    state within state


  • Chengez K
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Soon Mian Amir will launch DIN police !!1


  • Syed Hasib
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:56PM

    Great Step, I think the locals know better than anyone else .If they decide to make a city force thats fine but everything should be in legal framework and i think this will work.


  • Vigilant
    Sep 4, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Not a good idea…..instead of hiring MQM why not neutral people????Recommend

  • Irshad Khan
    Sep 4, 2012 - 8:30PM

    A great idea.


  • Burhan ud din
    Sep 5, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Idea is good, but no political party or activist should be given this type of authority.


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