PESHAWAR: Inspector General of Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr Sanaullah Abbasi has assured that they will take up genuine issues and reservations of business community regarding Pak-Afghan bilateral trade, trade transit and export and corona lockdown with government and authorities concerned. He said the police department is fully committed to facilitate business community, and promote legitimate trade and businesses, and ensuring strict enforcement of government’s initiatives and policies.
The provincial police chief gave this assurance while speaking to members of traders, industrialists and exporters, during a meeting held here, under the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry acting president, Shahid Hussain in chair on Wednesday.
Shahid Hussain in his welcome address demanded of the government to allow traders to keep their business open till 9 PM, which can reduce proliferation chances of coronavirus with less crowd in bazaars.
He said the traders have played a pivotal role in the national economy through payment of various taxes and generated massive employment, so the dignity of the community should be kept on top during imposition of the corona lockdown. He urged the authorities concerned to take pragmatic steps to remove hurdles in way of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan and eliminate mal-administration on Pak-Afghan routes.
The SCCI chief also demanded the police to ensure protection of the business community and take proactive steps for elimination of incidents robbery, street crimes, extortions, kidnapping for ransom and snatching.
Leader of the United Business Group, former senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, the SCCI vice president Abdul Jalil Jan, former president FPCCI Ghazanfar Bilour, Chief Capital Police Officer Peshawar, Muhammad Ali Gandapur, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Peshawar, Zahoor Babar Afridi, SCCI former president, Riaz Arshad, Zahidullah Shinwari, Haji Muhamamd Afzal, Chairman of SCCI Standing Committee on Law Enforcement Agencies Liaison, Malik Imran Ishaq, members of the executive committee, Aftab Iqbal, Ihsanullah, Shamsul Rahim, Mujeebur Rehman, Muhamamd Naeem Butt, Ghulam Bilal Javed, former SCCI SVP, Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, former Chairman of All Pakistan Commercial Exporters Association, Manzoor Elahi, high police officials, traders, industrialists, office bearers traders union and asociations of different bazaars were present.
Through the Inspector General of Police, Shahid Hussain appealed to the border management to enforce equal policy for transit trade and export under which one day should be designated for export and one day for transit if it was impossible then the parking lot located in Bara, should be divided for both transit and export vehicles.
Ilyas Bilour, leader of the UBG said that those people claim to eliminate corruption and culture of bribe, but such illegal practices have increased instead of any reduction in them in their regime. He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa business community has directly attached with Pak-Afghan bilateral trade and transit trade in which the traders, exporters and importers are being faced with enormous difficulties, which have lowered exponentially the mutual trade volume between the two neigbouring countries.
FPCCI former president, Ghazanfar Bilour, SCCI former presidents Riaz Arshad, Zahidullah Shinwari, Haji Muhammad Afzal, Haji Abdul Jalil Jan, members of the SCCI executive body, Muhamamd Naeem Butt, Ghulam Bilal Javed, Mujeebur Rehman, Malik Imran Ishaq and other also spoke on the occasion. They demanded of the government to ease the ongoing lockdown and ensure protection of the business community.
Dr Sanaullah Abbasi said the police department is committed to facilitate the business community and to give a boost to legitimate trade and export, and discourage unregulated trade and export. He said that steps are being taken to provide all facilities to enhance Pak-Afghan bilateral, transit trade and exports between the two neighboring countries. He assured that they will share genuine grievances and issues of traders and exporters with the government and authorities concerned.