Archive for March, 2013

Business in Karachi

S M Muneer, Patron in Chief, KATI

The industry representatives have condemned the target killing of industrialist Asghar Rajani in SITE area last evening saying it an act to once again suspend the business and industrial activities in the city. The Patron In-Chief Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) S M Muneer, Chairman Mohammad Zubair Chhaya, President All Karachi Industrial Alliance and Vice Chairmen Najmul Arfeen and Niaz Ahmed while expressing their profound grief to the family of the deceased, said that the target killing in the city is frequently continuing and the lives of the Karachiites have become miserable while trade and industry is living extremely frightening lives.

They said that despite all demands and appeals by the business community to arrest the target killers and give them exemplary punishment, no action has been taken by the provincial government and law enforcing agencies except cosmetics.

They demanded of the Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad to take this serious matter into his hands and order cleansing of the target killers. They said that the business community has now resorted to take it on to the streets and if no effective measures would be taken the trade and industry would be compelled to take extreme line of action.


Karachi Electric Supply Company has asked the defaulters of Khawaja Ajmer Nagri to stop the illegal use of electricity and pay their outstanding dues accumulated to the tune of Rs. 9 crore 81 lakh instead of creating undue law and order situation.

KESC said that the violent attacks by defaulters on the power utility’s local offices were unlawful and their demand of power restoration was non-practical and unjustified as losses ratio in the area had been more than 72 per cent and bill payment ratio was less than 37 per cent which meant that most of the 2900 consumers were defaulters. The 22 kunda-infested PMTs linked to Ajmer Nagri feeder had been burning down time and again because of overloading and these could not function until the illegal pressure of kundas was removed from them.

Before taking action against the defaulters, KESC had invited the representatives of the area and informed them of the situation of high losses and low recoveries.  They were told that such huge financial losses had been blocking the way of regular maintenance of power supply system in the area. KESC arranged recovery and consumer facilitation camps in the area, invited easy legal connections to get kunda users at their door steps and displayed announcement banners on the high loss PMTs. However, the defaulters failed to offer any positive response.

KESC called upon the saner elements of the area to prevail upon the defaulters who had been taking law into their hands instead of rectifying their mistakes. The defaulters needed to clear their dues, stop using electricity through illegal means and refrain from using pressure tactics.




Naeem Qureshi Advocate, President KBA

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued show cause notice to Karachi Bar Association (KBA) president and other office-bearers in an application of District and Sessions Judge (West) against alleged misbehavior of the Karachi Bar Association president and others.

The chief Justice of SHC has also issued notice to the advocate general and prosecutor general of Sindh. District and Sessions Judge (West) Shahnawaz Tariq sent application to the chief justice of the Sindh High Court against Mr Qureshi and others.
In application it was submitted that KBA president Naeem Qureshi and members of his association visit the courts, misbehave with judges and their staff. He submitted that it had become difficult for them to properly perform their duties under such circumstances.
Chief Justice issued show cause notice to KBA president Naeem Qureshi and other members of the lawyer body to explain why their licenses may not be suspended in terms of subsection 1 of section 54 of Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Act 1971.
The court also appointed Sindh High Court Bar Association president and other senior lawyers as amicus curie to assist court in the matter. (FP)

Unidentified armed men shot dead college principal within the vicinity of Liaquatabad police station, Geo News reported.

Sources said college principal Sibt-e-Jaffar was on his way from the college to his home on motorcycle, when unidentified armed men intercepted him in Liaquatabad area and opened fire, killing him on the spot.

Meanwhile, The Shia Ulema council has announced three days of mourning and demanded that the killers be arrested immediately.

Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SAPLA) has also announced to shut colleges on Tuesday against the killing of Sibt-e-Jaffar. (The News)

Prominent social activist, educationist and director of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), Parveen Rehman was shot dead near Banaras flyover within the jurisdiction of Pirabad police station on Wednesday. According to police, gunmen riding motorcycles shot her while she had been traveling from Orangi with her driver. She was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where doctors pronounced her dead. The motive behind her murder remains unclear but the incident appears to be a case of targeted killing, say officials investigating the case.

The fifty-year-old had been serving in the Visual Studies department at the University of Karachi. In addition to that, she was the director of Orangi Pilot Project and had been instrumental in devising ways to deal with sanitation problems. Rehman headed a research centre in Orangi, a section of Karachi and also taught students of Architecture College. Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad took a notice of the killing and termed it an inhuman act. Dr Ebad also directed the law enforcement agencies to acquire and examine the footages of CCTV cameras installed at all entry and exit points close to the crime scene. The governor also directed IG Sindh Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh to submit the report of the incident.

Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the murder and said tercrorists were targeting important personalities in order to achieve their nefarious designs. He said Rehman was a highly capable woman and her public services could never be forgotten. He demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take immediate notice of the brutal killing of Ms Rehman. He said that the terrorists responsible for her killing should be brought to justice. Colleagues of the deceased say she will be remembered as a committed social worker as well as a brilliant teacher.  (DT)

The Chairman ABAD, M. Anwar Gagai said in a statement that Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan’s departure had created a situation of uncertainty and doubt in the business community in general and in the builders’ community in particular.  His presence as Governor of Sindh had always given a sense of protection to builders and developers as he had always lent a helping hand in any adverse situation.  Association of Builders And Developers of Pakistan profoundly appreciates the much needed advice by Altaf Bhai to the Honourable Governor Sindh to retract his resignation and resume his duties.


This is a very positive sign in the prevailing situation. We welcome Honourable Governor and express our full support to him.