KARACHI, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 10th Jan, 2017 ) : Sindh Trawlers Owner and Fishermen Association held a rally demanding issuance of crew cards to Bengali Fishermen at Karachi Fish Harbor on Tuesday. The participants of the rally carrying national flags were raising "Pakistan Zindabad" slogans. Pakistan Muslim League-N MPA Shafi Muhammad Jamot addressing the rally said although Pakistan was an agricultural country, however, if the government focused its priorities towards fishing sector, it would generate more revenue than agriculture sector.
He urged the government to form a committee for resolving the issues of Bengali fishermen on priority basis. Sindh Trawler Owner and Fishermen Association's Patron Sarwar Aijaz Siddiqui claimed due to non-issuance of crew card to Bengali fishermen, 90 percent launches were lying idle at the harbours. President of Association Habibullah Khan and General Secretary of association Akbar Khan on the occasion said that around 5 to 6 million families were associated with the profession. The Karachi fish harbour, he said, made exports of around $500 million and sell sea food worth Rs 70 billion in local market. They said if the crew cards were not issued to Bengali fishermen the local market as well as country's export might be hit.