In the Service of the Commmunity
Worst Enemy is Pakistan Itself
Red Tape, Bureaucracy,
Old Lakeer-Ke-Fakeer Munshi culture in
government is still more powerful than
President Pervez Musharraf, PM Shaukat
Aziz or CBR Chairman Abdullah Yusuf.
Immediately after the devastating October
earthquake in Pakistan last year I quickly
manufactured and donated about 2000 special
small emergency White LED flashlights
in my USA factory and Fedex’d them
to Islamabad. They got there in 3 days
but were held up by CBR/Customs for almost
3 weeks before being released to NRSP,
the NGO I work with. Then in November
2005 I made a major mistake of shipping
material for 10,500 more White LED flashlights
worth $150,000 to my labor intensive assembly
set up in KEPZ Karachi Pakistan to use
Pakistan’s own work force. I literally
stopped all my own production work to
urgently manufacture and ship these to
the earthquake area from Karachi. I personally
supervised the final packaging of these
10.500 flashlights in end of December
It is now 8 months. I am donating these
$150,000 worth LED flashlights Free. The
10,500 flashlights are still rotting in
ready-to-ship cartons in my Karachi KEPZ
facility. Since January 2006 I have tried
every legal process to get these released
for either earthquake areas or other poverty
alleviation programs. I have failed miserably.
• I cannot export into Pakistan
from KEPZ Karachi due to 80/20 rule even
if it is for Pakistan’s own poverty
• For earthquake no NGO is allowed
to receive goods without the government
assigned special Officer who is 10 layers
too deep to reach.
• The established and qualified
NGOs need special permission from CBR
office for every shipment of goods they
intend to receive.
• NGO submits all necessary documents
to CBR. CBR looses them conveniently.
• NGO submits same documents again
and they are told documents are incomplete.
Submit additional information and so on.
• Even if I meet the 80/20 EPZ rule
I am asked to pay duty on goods manufactured
in Pakistan and donated free.
By: Pervaiz Lodhie
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