Islamabad: Inspector General of Islamabad Police (IGP), Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan has said that the police will take all possible measures to address key business issues and provide them with a safe and secure environment for better business growth.
Addressing the business community during his visit to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), he said that the business class was the largest taxpayer community and played a key role in the economic development.
The IGP said new parameters were being set to make the police more efficient so they can deliver solutions to citizens’ problems at their doorsteps, a press release issued here by the chamber said.
He said that currently citizens have access to the police for their problems but the aim was to transform the police so that in the future they can access citizens’ doorsteps to address their grievances. . Akbar Khan said the safe city project would be made more effective in improving the law and order situation in the city. He said it was his priority to improve the performance of police stations to make them more responsive to citizens.
He assured that the police in cooperation with the CICI will take all possible measures to solve the major problems of the business community.
Speaking on the occasion, CICI President Muhammad Shakeel Munir said that political rallies and sit-ins in the federal capital have always created hardship and shut down business activities, which has resulted in heavy losses for the business community.
He urged the government to set aside a separate place outside the city for such activities to avoid losses to businesses and the economy. He said that a Police Facilitation Center has been established at the premises of ICCI, which is expected to provide all the services provided by the Police Facilitation Center, F-6 Markaz.
He said a traffic office within the ICCI should be set up to deal with business community issues related to traffic policing, including driving licenses and others.
The ICCI chairman said security cameras should be installed in industrial zones and markets related to the safe city project to make commercial areas safer and more secure. He said Conciliation Committees should be revived in all police stations in Islamabad and the ICCI should also be duly represented there in order to more effectively resolve the problems of the business community.
He said that before taking any action against a shopkeeper, the police should involve the concerned union and the CICI to resolve these issues through mutual efforts. Founding group chairman Khalid Iqbal Malik said various crimes, including dacoities, theft of vehicles and motorbikes and purse robberies, required greater attention from the police to stem them at Islamabad.
He said the use of modern technology in all functions of the police should be increased to further improve its efficiency and performance.
He said the promotion of community policing in Islamabad should aim to improve trust between citizens and the police and solve problems more effectively.
ICCI Senior Vice President Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh and Vice President Muhammad Faheem Khan thanked Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan for his visit to the Chamber and hoped that he would take action to resolve the issues highlighted by the business world. Zafar Bakhtawari, Tahir Abbasi, Khalid Malik, Saif ur Rehman Khan, Ajmal Baloch, Sardar Tahir, Abdul Rehman Siddiqui, Yousaf Rajput, Zahid Qureshi, Nisar Langa and representatives from various markets also highlighted various issues that required special attention from the share of IGP.