Commerce Ministry to decide in consultation with Chamber: Saleh

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Saleh Ahmad Farooqi, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, said that the proposal to extend the presidency of an FPCCI for two years was not put forward by the Ministry of Commerce but was a private member’s bill and his ministry would take all the Chambers and Federation into confidence.

He expressed these views during a meeting with Member National Assembly Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry, Secretary General of United Business Group Pakistan Zafar Bakhtawari and former Vice President of FPCCI Zahid Iqbal Chaudhry during a meeting at his office.

He further said that Khalid Tawab’s appeal for FPCCI elections was before the Cabinet Committee and in the light of its decision, the DGTO would take necessary action.

Zafar Bakhtawari, secretary general of United Business Group Pakistan (FPCCI), said that eight months have passed since Khalid Tawab’s appeal in the FPCCI elections and a decision should be taken soon. Justice delayed is Justice denied he said, adding that extending the term of the FPCCI presidency to two years could bring the business community to the streets, just as extending the term of office of the Prime Minister or President from five to ten years.

Zafar Bakhtawari added that government decisions should be in the best interest of the people and the business community and the term of the presidency should remain one year.

Zahid Iqbal Chaudhry said that the government should not take any hasty decision and if it is necessary to extend the period then a business referendum should be held on it.

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