Owing to this positive momentum, P@SHA [Pakistan Software Houses Association], a licensed trade body for the IT industry; has strongly condemned the recent abuse of power by enforcement; against the IT companies in Karachi.
IT and IT-enabled services are rapidly emerging together and are the most important job sectors of Pakistan. They are among-st the fastest-growing export sectors that have targeted reaching $5 billion by 2025.
It declared, “We are gravely concerned about it. The news of enforcement harassing IT companies on ill-crafted reports, raids without clear evidence, harassing the companies is extremely damaging to the industry. To feature insult to injury, without forensic reports, the matter was escalated to the media, portraying all of Pakistan’s IT industry because of the bad guys. This has the potential of making an irreparable loss to our IT industry. They are often employed by our competitors against us”.
“We strongly believe that the govt should facilitate the industry in achieving Pakistan’s Vision 2025 goals. The recent development is all the more unfortunate within 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 P@SHA to control the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns. It worked beautifully. This has been internationally acknowledged. During this regard, P@SHA expects the govt and enforcement agencies (LEAs) to affect the difficulty with great caution and with absolute transparency. We request that LEAs should share the case proceedings and findings only 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. P@SHA respectfully requests the concerned authorities to affect matters concerning IT and ITeS with caution. This is often necessary to avoid any undue concern and panic. Thus, creating a negative international image. P@SHA hopes that the matter is going to be resolved transparently and professionally; keeping Pakistan’s interest at the top”.