LAHORE – All the City trade and Industry Associations here on Monday met under the umbrella of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and rejected the PTI call for civil disobedience, terming it a conspiracy to derail economy and defame the country.
A resolution to this effect was also passed in the meeting attended by representatives of 20 major trade and Industry associations of Lahore. The prominent trade leaders were Muhammad Ali Mian, Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Nasir Saeed, Raja Hamid Riaz, Ashraf Bhatti, Khalid Pervez, Anjum Butt, Zaheer Bhutta, Rizwan Shamsi and Zafar Mahmood.
The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said, there was no justification for the civil disobedience call as it is always carried out against foreign occupation and there is nothing like that in Pakistan. He said the situation being faced by the country did not warrant such an extreme action on the part of those staging protest in Islamabad rather they should have urged the people to pay more taxes to make country stronger in economic terms.
Lashari said, all the issues could be resolved through talks, therefore, the protesting parties should adopt the same path for early solution of the issues raised by them. The business community, being patriotic Pakistanis, would never pay heed to such call that could damage the country's economy.
Lahore Chamber's president also appealed to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) for immediate withdrawal of the civil disobedience call to avert economic disaster in Pakistan. "It is beyond our comprehension that what compelled the PTI leadership to give call for civil disobedience at a time when the government has already shown its willingness to listen to their point of view," he asserted.
While, LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif Anwar said that it would take long time to recover the loss to the economy caused by the two long marches and irresponsible statements issued on the occasion.
They were of the view that the call for disobedience has also sent a negative signal abroad, besides sabotaging the government efforts to attracting foreign investment.