Illegal fees taken up by the Security Guards of Liberty Market Lahore

Pakistan is a country of historic and cultural importance. Lahore, the heart of this throbbing culture and history, was referred by Max Robinson as the “Pearl of the Punjab” in his article “Rebranding Lahore”.

Liberty Market is one of the most popular & oldest markets in Lahore, Pakistan located on besides Main Boulevard Gulberg. The liberty market is an all time favorite place for shopping lovers. Foreigners love to visit this market having more then 500 shops of all kinds for women, men and kids after Anarkali Bazar. In Liberty Market you can buy everything for men, women and kids including quality of jewelry, fabrics, electronics and much more.



Government has appointed about 8 to 10 guards to provide security to the incoming visitors on monthly salary.

Many people used to make several Mini stalls in the evenings and sell their products & food items in the walking area as well as in-front of regular shops which is considered as illegal by the government but allowed by the Market Association. The security guards appointed by the Government responsible to restore peace and help the incoming tourist always take bribe/illegal fees from the mini stall holders on daily basis and product sellers amounting from Rs.300/- to Rs.1,000/- depending upon the size of stall and person.

Just consider that if 300 mini stalls and 300 walking sellers (include beggars) used to display and sit in the area then the amount of bribe/illegal fees taken by these guards on daily basis is in millions per month apart from getting their salaries. (Suppose Rs. 400/day/stall is charged from 300 mini stall holders then amount goes to Rs.120,000/- equal to $1016 @Rs.118 per $1 US Dollarsand – Rs.200/day/walking seller is charged from 300 walking sellers [including beggars] then amount goes to Rs.60,000/day equivalent to $509  @Rs.118 per $1 US Dollars) it becomes Rs.120,000 + Rs.60,000 = Rs. 1,80,000/day and considering for a month Rs.180,000 x 30 = Rs. 54,00,000 equal to $45,762/month @Rs.118 per $1 US Dollars).

No government official has taken any notice of such illegal fees by the security guards of Liberty Market from the daily mini stall holders and walking sellers. There is a rumor that  these security guards share a handy money out of the total illegal income with a mafia includes local Police Officials, Government Officials (Officials of City District Govt.) and leaders of Liberty Market Association.


About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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