KARACHI: President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Junaid Esmail Makda, slammed political parties and bureaucrats for the encroachment issue.
“Concerned departments of the government are responsible for the encroachments in Karachi and now they want to wipe out all of them so that they could save themselves and hide their wrongdoings,” he added.
In a statement issued, President KCCI categorically stated that Karachi Chamber was not against the anti-encroachment drive but this campaign was totally one-sided in which all the rubble was being passed on to the public, shopkeepers and the business community whereas those elements, who actually paved way for such illegal activities under their nose, were not being taken to task.
“These elements are taking advantage of the current situation by deliberately misinterpreting the Honorable Supreme Court’s Order to hide behind the curtain as they fear that if the situation continues to move on like this, the day will not be far when it will be their turn as well and they will also be held accountable for all their wrongdoings,” he added.
Junaid Makda said that all the major departments including SBCA, Site Limited, KMC, Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB), Board of Revenue have probably made this plan in connivance with each other to carry out the massive destruction campaign all over the city regardless of considering whether these activities being carried out under the anti-encroachment drive actually fall under the ambit of Supreme Court’s order or not. “The only intention is to save their own neck and come out of it with a clean chit,” he added.
Referring to the anti-encroachment operation carried out at the Empress Market, he said that the initiative to remove encroachments has undoubtedly transformed the Empress Market which is more visible now and would certainly look more beautiful after completion of the proposed renovation plan for the market.
He stressed that workable strategies have to be devised, so that the encroachments razed during the campaign do not resurface again either at the same old location or in any other area of the city, otherwise all the efforts and resources being used to destroy the encroachments would prove to be a futile exercise.