Industrialists also call for deploying army in Karachi as 12 more killed

KARACHI — Industrialists and traders here have also joined the voices demanding deployment of Army to restore peace in the city where violence took another 12 lives on Friday, taking the death toll to 60 in the last three days.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Sat 20 Aug 2011, 11:25 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:28 PM

All the political parties except the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Karachi’s major stakeholder, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), have called for an end to the ongoing bloodbath. The PPP and the MQM believe that deployment of Army is not the long-term solution as proved by the past experience.

The industrial activity in the city that generates more than 60 per cent of country’s revenues has been severely affected and losses worth billions of rupees reported due to suspension of work in plants and factories across Karachi.

With almost half of the city’s industrial units located close to Lyari, the flashpoint of latest round of violence, forced to lose hundreds of thousands production hours as the workers failed to turn up for work due to the volatile situation after transporters took their vehicles off the road in the troubled areas.

“We have lost confidence in local police and Rangers who are unable to restore peace. It is time the Army is called in otherwise we might close our businesses,” warned traders leader Atiq Mir.

The traders also threatened a week-long strike if the government fails to control the deteriorating security situation in Karachi’s leading markets and stop attacks on shops by criminals.

Meanwhile, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Friday demanded of the government to immediately convene an All Parties Conference to save Karachi and the country from further damage.

Talking to the media JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan here alleged the pakistan People’s Party, the Awami National Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement were involved in the on-going killings and violence in the city.

The JI will convene an APC on Karachi after the holy month of Ramadan, said party’s Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch. He urged all the parties who were unhappy with the present situation, to participate in the conference.

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