KARACHI: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi has said that all 18 departments under the Federal Ministry of Interior will work closely and sit with Karachi Chamber to deliberate and resolve numerous issues as it will not be possible for us to take decisions from Islamabad until we are made aware of issues being faced by the business community of Karachi.
“On the directive of the honorable Prime Minister, I am here at KCCI to assure you that I will have regular interactions with Karachi Chamber. My office and all my key stakeholders including FIA, Coast Guards, NADRA, Passport Office and all other departments will stay in touch with KCCI and regular deliberations will take place. We will take all those steps which lead to earning respect not only for the business community but also for the entire country” , he added while speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.
Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairman BMG Anjum Nisar, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President KCCI Khurram Shahzad, Vice President KCCI Asif Sheikh Javaid, Former Presidents AQ Khalil and Muffasar Atta Malik along with MPA Muhammad Ali Aziz and KCCI Managing Committee members were also present on the occasion.
Shehryar Afridi said, “We firmly believe that the business community of Karachi must get peace of mind and should be given the ownership and respect for their unmatched contribution to the country’s economy. The disconnect and trust deficit between the business and industrial community of Karachi and the decision makers in Islamabad is something that will be taken care of in Naya Pakistan.”
Highlighting the significance of Karachi, Minister of State paid glowing tribute to the business and industrial community of Karachi Chamber and termed them as ‘Unsung Heroes’ who have been playing a commendable role by ensuring bread and butter to millions of people arriving in Karachi from every nook and corner of the country.
He said that the security of every citizens of the country is the prime responsibility of the state which was unfortunately ignored in the past but it will not happen in ‘Naya Pakistan’ and no compromise will be made over the national security.
Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, on the occasion, stated that the truthful approach followed by KCCI Office Bearers during the last 21 years of Businessmen Group refrained many Ministers in the past from visiting KCCI who simply never wanted to listen to the truth. “We hope that this will not be repeated during the tenure of present government and KCCI will be given due attention”, he added.