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- Sunday, September 23, 2012 - From Print Edition




Business community of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has said that private sector is the backbone of economy; however, government has not taken any measures to protect its interests. They condemned serious damage caused by the rioting mobs to private sector properties throughout the country on Friday during protests against the sacrilegious film.


While talking to ‘The News’ Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Javed Akhtar Bhatti has said that during the protest they not only faced the financial loss, but also loss of many human lives, which is very bad.


He said: “We were holding protest against anti-Islam movie and to tell the US that we would not tolerate if anyone would say single world about the Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him), but unfortunately today all the world is laughing on us because we have damaged our own property and killed our own people.”


He said: “here was peaceful protest in other Muslim countries but because of poor security arrangement and non-availability of leadership we have witnessed worst situation, which has created embarrassing situation for us.”


Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) President Yassar Sakhi Butt has said that the protesters should have expressed their anger in a peaceful and disciplined manner. However, by ransacking the businesses & properties, they have sent a very negative message to the international community as their approach was totally against the principles of Islam.


He said that even the industries fell victim to the rage of protesters as the frenzy mob ransacked the building of motor company in Islamabad causing loss of millions of rupees to the owners and rendering the business almost non-functional, which was a very unfortunate.


He stressed that measures must be taken on war footing to provide a sense of security to private sector as in the current circumstances, entrepreneurs were in desperate need of protection to promote the economy.


The businessmen demanded that government should take measures to restrict the movement of residents of ‘kachi abadis’ from entering the industrial areas, especially during any law & order situation. They also called for relocating residents of such localities to other places so that industrial and commercial areas may not face any thread from miscreants.