Trig­ger- happy CDA

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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

Is­lam­abad

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