State writ and bara markets

Published: May 19, 2015
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KARACHI: Mr Ishaq Dar, the very able finance minister of what passes for the country’s federal government, said that no action could be taken against Bara markets (where smuggled goods are sold), because it would create a law and order problem. I wonder if the minister even knows how much damage smuggling is doing to the country’s economy.

Isn’t he aware that thousands of factories in the country have been forced to close down because their owners cannot compete with smuggled goods? Does he know that smuggling has rendered millions of workers jobless? If his government cannot take action against smugglers, how will it deal with terrorism? Finally, since this government is so weak that it cannot enforce its writ, why should it continue ruling the country?

Shakir Lakhani

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th,  2015.

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