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Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry condemns attack on Business Recorder

KARACHI- The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has strongly condemned the attack on Business Recorder and asked the government to compensate the losses immediately.

A delegation of KCCI visited Business Recorder and met the Editor, M A Zuberi and the newspaper staff. The business leaders expressed shock over the attack and the fact that the fire continued to consume the whole building for hours without intervention by the law enforcement agencies.

“We don’t understand why Business Recorder was targeted. The paper has no conflict with any political, ethnic or religious forces. This is highly regrettable,” said S.M. Muneer, former President of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. “This was not only inflicting a loss on a newspaper and an attack on independent press, but it was an attack on country’s economy and credibility,” said Amjad Rafi, the President of the KCCI.

All members of the delegation were of the view that the attackers bad come with a well-thought out plan to set the building ablaze. They said wrong messages had been sent to the outer world. Munir said that the government should come out immediately with a plan to compensate the newspaper so that it could continue normal publication.

The delegation said that the Business Recorder had a long history of service to the economy of this country and its business community.

The paper has been supporting us on all just Issues for a long time. We feel that we have been deprived of our spokesman,” said one of the members of the KCCI.

The President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Fazal-ur-Rehman Dittu, expressed the deep sense of grief and sorrow over sad burning of Business Recorder. I hope that the government will apprehend the lawbreakers as soon as possible and give them exemplary punishment,” Dittu said.

Source: Business Recorder
Date:5/23/2000