Lahore, November 27, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Tuesday expressed grave concern over deteriorating law and order situation and called for stringent measures to control the situation that is getting out of hand with every passing day.
In a statement issued here, the LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad said that an alarming increase daylight robberies and dacoities is not only hitting businesses hard but also causing flight of capital.
The LCCI office-bearers said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry is under tremendous pressure over law and order situation and wants of the government to announce formation of Businessmen-Police Liaison Committees at district level.
They said that provision of security to the citizens is government’s responsibility but unfortunately it has miserably failed to fulfill its responsibility.
Business-friendly atmosphere is a pre-requisite to investment and industrialization. Therefore the government would have to listen to the business community point of view for bringing peace back to this land of opportunities.
The countries that were far behind us a few decades ago are now progressing leaps and bound while the economic situation in Pakistan is not satisfactory and this is only because of bad law and order situation. In 60s the collective exports of a number of Far Eastern Countries were much smaller than Pakistan and today each country has bigger export than Pakistan, They achieved this goal by giving due consideration to the proposals of their business communities.
The LCCI office-bearers said that the business activities had already come to grinding halt due to acute shortage of electricity and inflation and now the surge in crime rate has multiplied the problems of the business community.
The LCCI Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad said that dacoity at Muhammadi Market, Model Town Link Road has caused unrest among the area businessmen. He said that the police high ups should ensure the security of businesses at every cost.
For more information, contact:
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854