ANP seeks compensation for violence-hit transporters, victims

our correspondent
Thursday, July 21, 2011
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The Pakhtoon Action Committee (a Loya Jirga) has demanded of the government to pay compensation to transporters who suffered huge financial losses during the recent spate of violence in the metropolis.

Addressing a press conference at the Mardan House on Wednesday, Chairman Loya Jirga Shahi Syed said that the government should offer jobs in the public sector to the family members of transporters who had lost their lives during the violence on the city roads.

Shahi Syed, who is also the provincial president of the Awami National Party (ANP), said that a number of drivers and conductors were shot death and commercial vehicles were torched by miscreants during incidents of arson in the city.

He warned that if the government failed to pay compensation to the heirs of the victims, then the transporters would not bring their vehicles onto the roads and public transport would not be available in Karachi.

He said that millions of people had come to this city and they earned their livelihood on a daily basis, but they suffered the most whenever violence erupted.

Syed alleged that Pashto-speaking people were being targeted in different parts of the city during mourning days and strike calls given by certain political parties.

The businesses run by the community, including transport, tea stalls, shops, and carpet and hardware outlets, were being deliberately put on fire on such occasions, he added.

Meanwhile, the ANP leader called on the chief minister and discussed with him the overall situation in the province, particularly Karachi. During the meeting, he urged Syed Qaim Ali Shah to look into the matter of employees who had been placed in a surplus pool by the Karachi Electricity Supply Company.

Besides discussing the future of these employees and chances of their restoration, Syed informed the CM about the problems of the transporters community. He urged him to provide security to the people related to this business and pay compensation to the heirs of the victims and transporters whose vehicles had been torched.