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APBF asks Govt to take Karachi operation to logical end

April 12, 2015

Lahore (Press Release) – The All Pakistan Business Forum, appreciating the Karachi operation against extremists and criminals, the All Pakistan Business Forum has asked the government to take the ongoing operation to its logical end, turning the city of lights again into a crime-free metropolis.

“By launching the operation, the government took the bold step to purge this city of criminals to revive the dying industry of the country but the law enforcement agencies should carry out action against all criminals across the board,” warned the APBF President Ibrahim Qureshi. He said improvement in law and order situation would attract foreigners and investment would bring prosperity in the country.

The ongoing Karachi operation has created a positive effect on the business, and we are heading towards the right direction, but the action should be taken against every criminal, no matter, which party he belongs, there should be no blue eyed persons or organizations or political party, every criminal should be wiped off, he said.

Ibrahim Qureshi said that the operation has created a hope among industrialists. We were in a compromised state, but now, after the start of operation, there is a new hope, which would gradually turn into trust if operation continues and all criminals are wiped out, he said.

He said that it is early to say anything precisely about the improvement in business but it was on right direction.

He said that he was sure that after improvement in law and order situation, market sentiment would improve more and at least outflow of capital from the country would stop and the industry which had been converting into warehouses would again start operating.

Ibrahim Qureshi said that operation is very welcoming as law in order situation in Sindh province was worse. Most of the cases of abduction for ransom and bhatta were neither reported in police stations nor were reported in media, so general public have hardly any idea, that in which circumstances we were doing business, he said.

The law and order situation of the cosmopolitan was very bad, till few months back, if you are riding a car, you are afraid, that someone will kidnap you for ransom, even people avoid taking calls in public, that someone will snatch your mobile, but now things are gradually becoming better.

APBF President said that law and order situation was not only effecting Karachi industry but also business transactions between Karachi and other cities.

He demanded strict action against all criminals in order to save the industry and business of the country.