Trade bodies of the city on Monday urged the district government to increase security around all markets and shopping malls as Eid shopping gains momentum.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the security arrangements made for shopping areas, they said that deployment of police personnel was insufficient as compared to the number of shoppers.
Markazi Anjuman-e-Tajran President Sheikh Siddiqui said in a statement that policemen in plain clothes should be deployed in vulnerable areas.
He said that action should be taken against the increasing number of beggars, who, he said were mostly involved in criminal activities like pick-pocketing and snatching items from people visiting the markets.
When contacted, City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Abbasi said foolproof security arrangements were being made around shopping areas.