KARACHI: The city police have started confiscating containers and heavy vehicles forcibly for cordoning off the main arteries and roads owing to security reasons on 8th, 9th and 10th Muharram amid the strike called by the transporters’ bodies.
According to the survey conducted by Customs Today, the Karachi Police have impounded over 200 containers to block some major roads and arteries including MA Jinnah Road in order to ensure security to the mourning processions which are to be taken out from 8th to 10th Muharram.
During the survey, it has been revealed by the competent authorities of Karachi Port Trust (KPT), that the KPT administration had given Rs22 million to Police Department for purchasing the containers permanently for making security arrangements on Muharram-ul-Haram and other occasions.
When contacted, Transports Goods Association (TGA) former vice president Arif Malik has confirmed that the KPT has given an adequate amount of money to the Police Department for purchasing containers.
“However, the police officials are forcibly confiscating our vehicles and containers and are not paying a single penny to the owners of containers, trailers and heavy vehicles”, he added.
“The police should contact with the shipping companies and then contact to transporters for obtaining containers and vehicles”, Malik advised.