KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has assured the Fisherfork forum that their problems would be solved on priority basis in the light of the directives issued by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
Chairing a meeting in his behalf here on Saturday he said the Fishermen are the symbol of Karachi as their ancestors had made the place their abode centuries back.
The meeting discussed fishermen’s issues including their access to Gizri Creek. He said the city administration would take all measures to resolve these problems and the hindrances blocking their means of livelihood.
The Fisherfork representatives informed the meeting that years back a meeting of Fisherfork and Defence Housing Authority was held on the directives of the Chief Minister in which it was promised to set up a new jetty as an alternative to that one removed by the DHA but it was not fulfilled despite passage of many years and the fishermen felt
difficulties in anchoring their boats and therefore were left starving.
They said their second problem was that the fishermen sailing to the sea for trawling were being intercepted by different security agencies which issue should be resolved on permanent basis. Their third problem was the delay in issuance of NOC from different departments to DHA for construction of the jetty.
Assistant Commissioner Aslam Khoso informed the meeting that contract to built the jetty was awarded to NESPAK but various security agencies were expressing their concerns in this regard.
The Fisherfork gave complete assurance that the fishermen would not involve in any kind of anti state and illegal activities and also help the security agencies in monitoring the elements involved in illegal activities. They said that the fishermen need platform to anchor 40 boats.
The meeting was attended by the officials of the DHA, Pakistan Navy, Coast Guards, Karachi Port Trust, Fish Harbour Authority, FIA, Customs and other concerned agencies and Chairperson Pakistan Fisherfork forum Mohammed Ali Shah.