Lahore, July 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday condemned in severest possible terms the terror incident that claimed nine police and prison staff besides leaving many others wounded and called for a thorough probe by a commission.
In a statement issued here after an Emergent Executive Committee meeting, the LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President Kashif Younis Meher and Vice President Saeeda Nazar said that two terror incidents in the last three days in the province have raised the fears of fresh wave of violence besides shaking the confidence of the business community.
The LCCI office-bearers said that peace is prerequisite to business activities and the fresh terror incidents would definitely dent the economic fabric therefore the provincial government should immediately review its policy as the killings of nine law-enforcement officials in City apparently is a case of security lapse.
The LCCI office-bearers said that a high-powered commission should be constituted to fix the responsibility and unveil the hands behind this tragic incident that has sent a wave of shock throughout the country.
The LCCI office-bearers said that law and order situation is a prime responsibility of the government but it is very unfortunate that the terrorists keep on hitting the targets of their choice without any hindrance. “If the personnel of security agencies are not safe then who else is.”
“The tragic incident has not only caused a considerable dent to the local investment plans but would also shake the confidence of the foreign investors who were planning to put their money in new ventures in Pakistan.”
They said that the private sector was ready to supplement government efforts to control law and order situation in the province provided they are taken onboard in policy making regarding maintaining peace.
“There are chambers of commerce at district level and trade bodies at market level and these people can do a lot but never ever in the past a due consideration was given to their appeals.”
The LCCI office-bearers urged the Chief Minister Punjab to issue directions for the immediate formation of Citizen, Businessmen and police liaison committees.
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Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854