Business community says that country needs special laws to deal with terrorism and insurgency so that Pakistan can become a peaceful place to live

Islamabad, August 10, 2012 (PPI-OT): The business community of the Capital city on Friday said country needs special laws to deal with terrorism and insurgency so that Pakistan can become a peaceful place to live.

Masses and business community deserve a terror free society where everyone can pursue his goals and play role in the national development with peace of mind, they said.

Speaking to business community in Blue Area, Malik Sohail, Chairman Media, FPCCI who has also served as President of Blue Area, VP NTA and SVP ICCI said that Parliament should become serious in saving lives and property of its own people by revisiting the anti-terrorism laws.

He said that many terrorists escape punishment due to weaker laws which have failed to deter enemies of Pakistan.

More than fifty thousand officers and men from Armed forces, ISI and MI have sacrificed their lives in the war on terror and insurgency in Balochistan but the situation is still fragile which calls for drastic measures including provision of appropriate tools to intercept and obstruct terror, said Malik Sohail.

He said that our lawmakers can review The USA Patriot Act 2001, The Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001of UK, Anti-Terrorism Act 2005 of Australia, Anti-Terrorism law of Sri Lanka, and Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) of India to contain the menace.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Chairman of Blue Area Malik Saghir, Syed Nadeem Mansoor, Amin Pirzada, Liaquat Ali Noon, Yusuf Rajput, Haji Muhammad Naeem, Imran ul Haq, Shakil Aziz, and Raja Hassan Akhtar.

They said that it seems that nobody is concerned about sacrifices of our national security establishment and everyone is inclined to criticise and defame them.

Many TV anchors have never visited the homes of the martyred to see the plight of their families or ever tried to present the other side of the picture, they observed.

They said that media and some institutions are supporting the missing persons who are in fact terrorists.

They said that security institutions need expanded authority as presently they fail to find anyone willing to become witness and to testify in court against any terrorist arrested after great efforts.

The situation never means to allow criminals to play with the lives of innocent again in absence of laws that can enhance domestic security against terror.

The business leaders said that Punjab police has registered first ever baseless case in the country’s history against senior military officers serving in ISI and MI on the charge of kidnapping spokesman of banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

Rules and regulations were violated in registration of the FIR against the most important institutions of Pakistan to weaken them which amounts to treason, said Malik Sohail.

For more information, contact:
Syed Masood Alam Rizvi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332

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