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KCCI condemns killings of innocent Rohingya Muslims

Karachi, September 06, 2017 (PPI-OT): The leadership of Businessmen Group and Office Bearers of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) have strongly condemned the atrocities being once again committed against the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar (Burma).

In a statement issued, Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairmen BMG and Former Presidents Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki and Anjum Nisar, President KCCI, Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Senior Vice President KCCI Asif Nisar, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Younus Soomro and KCCI Managing Committee members, while expressing deep concern over widespread killings of Muslims in Myanmar, said that killings and persecution of Muslims in such a brutal manner is blatant violation of fundamental humanitarian principles.

They urged the Pakistani government to utilize diplomatic channels and vocally raise voice against the genocide of innocent Muslims in Myanmar. BMG leadership and KCCI Office Bearers also urged the international community, particularly the United Nations and other international human rights organizations, to effectively pressurize the Burmese government for ending the massacre and take steps against the barbaric killings of Muslim in Myanmar as the situation was likely to fuel hatred.

They said that the growing crisis threatens Myanmar’s diplomatic relations Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia and many other Muslim-majority countries in Southeast Asia where there is profound public anger over the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims.

The Business and Industrial community of Karachi is totally shocked and deeply saddened to see the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims and the situation calls for effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such violence against the Muslim minority, they added.

Referring to across-the-board global protests and recent online petitions campaigns which received huge response from across the world, they said that everyone has been rightly demanding to take back the Nobel Peace Prize given to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she no longer deserves it because of her sheer negligence to the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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KCCI asks Education Minister to take strict notice of school fee hike by private schools

Karachi, August 25, 2017 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shamim Ahmed Firpo has requested Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Dahar to take strict notice of the looting being carried out by most of the private schools, who have substantially raised school tuition fee by around 10 to 16 percent, making it almost impossible for the lower middle class and middle class segments of the society to meet their kids’ schooling expenditures.

In a statement issued, President KCCI said that a delegation of perturbed parents visited the Karachi Chamber to complain about the massive looting being carried out by private schools, responsible for exorbitantly raising the school fee as per their desire against the honourable Sindh High Court’s decision which allows 5 percent increase.

While requesting KCCI to convince the authorities to take stern action against such schools, the parents said that exorbitant fee hike by schools has gone beyond their affordability, forcing them to discontinue the education of their children. They said that parents recently staged a demonstration to strongly condemn the rise in school fee by private schools but to no avail as no action has been taken so far which was the basic reason why they felt it necessary to knock KCCI’s doors for assistance.

President KCCI Shamim Ahmed Firpo, after listening to the grievances being faced by perturbed parents in the ongoing era of inflation, said that the unprecedented annual increase in tuition fee was a sheer violation of the court’s order that prohibits raise in tuition fee by more than five percent. He mentioned that last year in October, the Sindh High Court, while rejecting the petition of city’s private schools for increasing their fee by more than five per cent, directed Sindh Education Department to enforce the restricted increase in fee and submit quarterly audited accounts report of the private schools in the court.

Shamim Firpo stated that Karachi city was well-known for being a city of Educated People but it appears that these private schools want to transform this city from an educated to illiterate city. “In the ongoing era of inflation, parents are striving really hard to get their kids educated in better schools but if the situation goes on like this, it will be impossible for parents to send kids to such expensive schools where imparting education has become a lucrative business”, he opined.

He cautioned that a new trend has emerged nowadays which is really disturbing as parents were preferring to only send boys to a better school whereas the girls are being sent to inexpensive schools where quality of education was really pathetic. “In some cases, girls are even disallowed to go to schools as their parents are unable to afford the schooling expenditures of three to four kids which is really worrisome as it promotes gender discrimination”, he added.

Shamim Firpo said that the future generations are going to face a lot of tough time if situation goes on like this therefore, the Sindh government must act sensibly and issue strict directives to private schools to refrain from substantially raising the school fee. “I am not saying that the private schools should never raise school fee. They have the right to increase school fee in order to maintain the schooling standards but it should only be raised by 5 percent in compliance with the court order”, he added.

“Sindh government must ensure that our kids get high-quality education at an affordable fee which is in the larger interest of the country. Karachi Chamber strongly believes that only an educated Pakistan will be able to move forward otherwise, we will be left way behind and the country will continue to face crises”, opined KCCI President.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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Siraj Teli, Shamim Firpo worried over sudden rise in lawlessness

Karachi, August 21, 2017 (PPI-OT): Chairman Businessmen and Former President Karachi Chamber Siraj Kassam Teli and President KCCI Shamim Ahmed Firpo have expressed deep concerns and worries over the sudden rise in incidents pertaining to law and order situation in Karachi where people are fearlessly being looted, banks are being robbed, policemen are being targeted, vehicles are being snatched or stolen, and tortured dead-bodies are found from different localities from time to time.

In a joint statement, Siraj Kassam Teli and Shamim Ahmed Firpo, while referring to Karachi Operation initiated in September 2013, stated that the Business and Industrial community was fairly convinced that around 70 percent of law and order situation has improved since commencement of Karachi operation but the sudden upsurge in law and order incidents nowadays poses a question mark on the achievements of Karachi Operation and the tall claims made in this regard.

Keeping in view the recent incidents, the Business and Industrial community of Karachi fears that all the achievements of Karachi Operation were at stake and if timely action is not taken, the situation may deteriorate further, once again plunging this city into the darkness of serious lawlessness and terrorism, they added.

“Although many tall claims were made soon after the Karachi Operation started to show signs of improvements and everyone wanted to take all the credit for these achievements but the current upsurge in law and order situation demands an explanation”, they said, urging the Chief Minister Sindh, Home Minister, DG Rangers, IG Sindh and Additional IG to come up with a clear explanation and publicize the reasons behind the current unusual rise in law and order incidents in Karachi.

They said that people are fearlessly being looted at gunpoint at some of the busiest streets of Karachi in broad day light, particularly during traffic jams, incidents of bank robberies have also risen sharply, policemen are being killed and dead-bodies are found from different localities which is a matter of grave concerns and it becomes more gravest when the culprits involved in street crimes, target killings and robberies easily flee from the crime scene without getting noticed.

At least 100 locations have been identified and marked as unsafe by law enforcement agencies including Tipu Sultan Road, Shaheed Millat Road, Habib Bank Chowrangi Site Flyover, Old Sabzi Mandi, Gulshan 13-D, Essa Nagri, areas adjacent to Gulshan Chowrangi/ Nipa and many other key localities where street crimes are frequently taking place almost every day but no measure has been taken to deal with criminals who carry out their activities in these areas, particularly during traffic jams. “We have been urging the traffic authorities to ensure smooth flow of traffic but unfortunately, no attention is being paid to deal with frequent traffic jams at almost all the streets where commuters are deprived of cash and valuables, they added.

Chairman BMG and President KCCI further pointed out that the incidents pertaining to stealing or snatching vehicles, cash and other valuables were also being reported from Bakra Mandi situated at the Super Highway which requires strict action as activities at Bakra Mandi, where thousands of people pour in each day, are in full swing due to forthcoming religious festival of Eid-ul-Azha.

Siraj Kassam Teli and Shamim Ahmed Firpo urged Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, Director General Pakistan Rangers Sindh Maj. Gen. Muhammad Saeed, Inspector General Sindh AD Khawaja and Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo to take notice of the situation and devise effective strategies to ensure 100 percent long lasting peace in every nook and corner of Karachi which is the financial, economical, industrial and commercial hub of Pakistan, contributing more than 65 percent revenue to the national exchequer.

They cautioned that any negligence and delays in strictly dealing with the recent rise in law and order incidents will have a severe impact on the already ailing economy of the entire country which struggles hard to stay afloat.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes successful negations to end oil tankers strike

Karachi, July 26, 2017 (PPI-OT):President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shamim Ahmed Firpo, while welcoming successful negations between the government and representatives of All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association (APOTOA) resulting in ending the strike, urged the government to ensure that safety measures of international standards are adopted by owners of oil tankers at any cost in order to minimize the loss of precious lives in case of an accident.

“Regardless of what has been negotiated between the government and oil tankers owners during Wednesday’s meeting, the only thing they must keep in mind is that no compromise should be made over safety measures which have to adopted by oil tankers according to international standards”, Shamim Firpo stressed in a statement issued.

He was of the view that the two-day long strike by oil tankers association led to severe shortage of Petroleum Products in Karachi and elsewhere, causing serious problems for the public and also troubling the businessmen and industrialists. Petroleum supplies to refuelling stations remained totally suspended for two consecutive days of the strike, creating problems for the commuters who were seen hunting for fuel at various refuelling stations all over Karachi where petrol became rare and was hardly available at limited number of refuelling stations till Tuesday’s evening.

He said that the Karachi Chamber never supports any strike calls by anyone and always favours negotiations but unfortunately it was the third time this year when such an strike took place and ended after a couple of days. A similar strike was staged by All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association in the month of April 2017, which was followed by a 10-day long strike by Goods Transporters Association in the month of May and now yet another strike by APOTOA in July 2017 which is purely not a wise move.

“The government and all stakeholders must realize the consequences of such abrupt strikes and avoid taking such harsh steps. In fact, they should hold consultations with all stakeholders on regular basis in order to make sure that the wheels of the industry keeps spinning without any hindrance whereas common man’s life stays normal”, he added. Shamim Firpo advised the owners of oil tankers to act sensibly by ensuring all safety measures and strict compliance to OGRA rules while transporting the highly flammable fuel.

“We simply cannot afford to see innocent people dying on the roads due to any negligence particularly in a situation when an oil tanker overturns and causes petroleum spill which poses severe threat to the lives of the masses who usually start looting the free petrol because of poverty regardless of thinking about the consequences.”, he said, adding that the failure to ensure safety measures will once again result in a tragic incident similar to the recent Ahmedpur Sharqia tragedy in Punjab where hundreds of people were burned alive when an oil tanker overturned and started spilling.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry urges next elections under updated census, demarcation

Karachi, July 13, 2017 (PPI-OT): The leadership of Businessmen Group (BMG) and Office Bearers of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), while expressing deep concerns over the ongoing political uncertainty and the likelihood of early elections, urged that elections should only take place in the country after fully incorporating the updated census and demarcation made along with complete implementation of biometric voting system otherwise the country will continue to face problems and crises over crises.

In a statement issued, Chairman BMG and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairmen BMG Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki and Anjum Nisar, President KCCI Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Senior Vice President Asif Nisar and Vice President KCCI Muhammad Younus Soomro stressed that the Biometric System for voting has to be introduced and effectively implemented at any cost all over the country for next general elections which is the only way to make the entire process completely transparent, besides efficiently deal with rigging.

“The authorities must ensure that next elections are staged under the new system which should have updated census and demarcation made. The existing system carries obsolete details about voters and demarcations therefore, elections under this system would only create problems”, they said, adding that under the existing system, the same old faces will once again take control of the country’s affairs and no change will be witnessed by the nation which continues to suffer terribly because of crises over crises.

They said that incorporation of updated census and demarcation made into the system along with implementation of biometric voting system would ensure emergence of real representative leadership which works diligently to pull the country out of crises.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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