Karachi, March 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra has said that it has almost been more than one-and-a-half month when KCCI asked Interior Minister to waive off the condition of obtaining No Objection Certificate (NoC) from Interior Ministry for Bullet-proofing of -vehicles but to date, they have neither waived off nor issued any NoC, not even to those applicants whose list has already been forwarded by KCCI to the Interior Ministry.
“Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar will surely be blamed if anything happens to the applicants seeking NoC for bullet-proofing as the Interior Ministry was not paying any attention to KCCI’s rightful demand to waive off the NoC condition”, Iftikhar Vohra added, while expressing deep concerns over insecure business environment and threats being received by prominent businessmen and industrialists of Karachi.
President KCCI said, “Business Community of Karachi is the real victim of Karachi’s lawlessness, our lives are at stake all the time and businesses are suffering terribly as the outlaws are fearlessly threatening us to either fulfil their demands or face the consequences”.
Iftikhar Vohra mentioned that the Karachi Chamber has been constantly raising its voice from time to time against rising insecurity and inability of Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) to effectively deal with the situation. “It is the duty of the state to provide security and safety to the lives and properties of its citizen but unfortunately, I don’t see it happening in near future and the overall security situation remains vulnerable, leaving no other option for business community but to go for personal security arrangements particularly bullet-proofing of vehicles”, he added.
President KCCI, while reiterating demand to waive off NoC condition, said that if it was taking too long for them to decide about the NoC condition, the Interior Ministry should at least consider issuing NoC to those pending cases at the earliest whose list has already been forwarded to them with a view to give some relief to perturbed businessmen and industrialists of Karachi.
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