On Wednesday, the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa met the businessmen in Karachi.
During the meeting with the COAS, the businessmen demanded that the heads of power, gas, and water companies should be made responsible for solving the problems of Karachi.
They further said that Karachi pays 2600 billion rupees in taxes annually but no one pays any attention to the problems of the city so the economic problems of this city should be solved as soon as possible.
Talking about the problems of Karachi, the traders stated that Karachi, the largest and most important city in Pakistan, is suffering from the most mismanagement in the world and all stakeholders are equally involved in the destruction of this city and no one should be blamed.
The businessmen highlighted the total revenue generated by the metropolis, but still, no one pays attention to the biggest city of Pakistan.
Karachi contributes Rs 2600 billion annually to the national exchequer as tax and if it is made a model city, it can deposit more than Rs 4000 billion in the national exchequer.”
During the meeting, the Army Chief said,
“The problems of Karachi would be solved and a complete change would be made within a period of three years.”
The Chief of Army Staff has assured that the problems of roads, gas, water, and electricity will also be solved.
COAS told the traders that a committee comprising representatives of central and provincial governments has been formed in which the business community will also be represented after which the problems of Karachi will be resolved expeditiously.
Talking about the rain issues in Karachi, the traders said,
“Karachi has halted economic, commercial, industrial and social activities but also affected the work at the ports while the employees and laborers could not come to work.”
They went on to say that all kinds of imports and exports were being affected due to the catastrophic condition of the city, and if the situation remained the same, there would soon be a shortage of essential items across the country.
Traders have made it clear that unless Karachi’s infrastructure is made capable of dealing with rains and other problems, the question of national development does not arise.
The traders have expressed hope that the positive effects of the meeting with the Army Chief will be felt soon۔