IT and IT-enabled services are rapidly emerging as one of the biggest job sectors of Pakistan, and are amongst the fastest-growing export sectors that have targeted reaching $5 billion by 2025.
Owing to this positive momentum, [email protected] [Pakistan Software Houses Association], which is a licensed trade body for the IT industry that has strongly condemned the recent abuse of power by law enforcement against the IT companies in Karachi.
It declared, “We are gravely concerned about it. The news of law enforcement harassing IT companies on ill-crafted reports, raids without clear evidence, harassing the businesses is very damaging to the industry. To add insult to injury, without forensic reports, the matter was escalated to the media, portraying all of Pakistan’s IT industry as the bad guys. This has the potential of creating an irreparable loss to our IT industry. It can be used by our competitors against us”.
“We strongly believe that the government should facilitate the industry in achieving Pakistan’s Vision 2025 goals. The recent development is all the more unfortunate in the backdrop of the government’s superbly brilliant response to the COVID-19 crisis,” it added.
It continued: “Both the federal and provincial governments had worked proactively with [email protected] to naturalize the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns. It worked beautifully, which has been internationally acknowledged. In this regard, [email protected] expects the government and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to deal with the issue with great caution and with absolute transparency. We request that LEAs should share the case proceedings and findings only when established and corroborated”.
It further stated, “Engaging the media, threatening businesses, and naming and shaming the industry with premature investigations can have a devastatingly negative impact. [email protected] respectfully requests the concerned authorities to deal with matters relating to IT and ITeS with caution. This is necessary to avoid any undue concern and panic thus creating a negative international image. [email protected] hopes that the matter will be resolved in a transparent and professional way keeping Pakistan’s interest at the top”.