Trigger- happy CDA
The CDA has recently started an operation against commercial enterprises operating in residential areas of the federal capital. The timing of this operation is baffling. It is being done at a time when the economy is at its worst. Because of terrorism and the adverse law and order situation, most foreign investment has dried up in the country. To add to this miserable situation, the CDA has started sealing people’s properties. Is it possible to shift thousands of such businesses within the span of one week to commercial areas? Is enough space available in commercial centres to accommodate thousands of such businesses?
The government needs to intervene and inform the courts and the CDA that providing bread and butter to the populace is more important than implementing a law which is of no consequence to common people. That implementing such a law in a hurry would have adverse consequence on the state of employment, economy and tax collection. That all this can be postponed till the economy is back on track, foreign investors are back in the country and law and order is under control. It has taken Islamabad 50 years to get to where it is today. Why should all this be undone in two years?
P S Ahmad