By Syed Sajid Aziz
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Tannery Zone of the Korangi Industrial Area in Karachi has become Pakistan’s first ever crime-free industrial zone on self-help basis.
This was stated by the Chairman of the Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) South Zone, Fawad Jawed, while talking to the association’s members and office-bearers in a meeting held on June 12.
The PTA official remarked that quite a few incidents of street crime and dacoity were taking place in the Tannery Zone in the recent past and the industrialists were extremely disturbed due to the deteriorating law and order situation.
He informed that the PTA South Zone then finally resorted to go for CPLC’s assisted system of surveillance, Neighbourhood Care, under which the association started surveillance of the area with the initial budget of Rs four million and purchased vehicles, motorbikes and hired private guards.
Fawad Jawed added that the area police and Rangers had fully supported the PTA in its quest and provided patrolling and mobiles vans to strengthen the CPLC-NC surveillance, revealing that the then DIG East had provided 29 police personnel for the patrolling and established pickets at some major arteries in the area while DG Rangers specially instructed the Rangers in the area to fully assist PTA.
He was highly appreciative the role of the Rangers in fostering peace in the area and the entire city. He lauded the efforts of the Major General Rizwan Akhtar in improving the city’s law and order situation.
He acknowledged the endeavours of the Rangers to have contributed to put the wheel of the industry on track once again so that the national economy continues to grow.