No to civil disobedience by industrialists


LAHORE: Industrialists, traders and business community of Pakistan rejecting the civil disobedience call by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) termed it against the national economic interest.  
All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Pakistan Industrial Association and other stakeholders announced their stance against the civil disobedience movement.  
APTMA Central Chairman Yasin Siddik and APTMA Punjab Chairman SM Tanveer said the textile industry has rejected the call for civil disobedience. Yasin Siddik said the textile industry was an export-oriented industry and could not afford uncertainty and stalemate situation any longer.
According to him, it was becoming difficult for the textile industry to meet international commitments due to hindrances in the timely shipments and there was a strong chance future orders could be shifted towards other countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh etc. Present uncertainty is affecting the textile industry exports by $38 million per day.
Siddik said we were businessmen and we could not afford to go into civil disobedience and could not defy the laws of the land. All we ask for is a stable and peaceful working business environment so we may fulfil our obligations to our country and our clients.
Tanveer said the textile industry in Punjab was a direct victim of political uncertainty and present call for civil disobedience. APTMA keenly envisages to operate textile industry at its fullest potential so as to avail opportunities of market access and increase national exports manifold, he added.
APTMA leadership has urged all the concerned parties to bring normalcy back to the country in the larger interest of the economy to end the stalemate situation at the earliest.
Many trade and industry associations met under the umbrella of the Lahore Chamber Industry termed it a conspiracy to derail economy and defame Pakistan. A resolution to this effect was passed Monday at a meeting attended by representatives of 20 major trade and industry associations of Lahore.
LCCI President Sohail Lashari said there was no justification for the call for civil disobedience as it was always carried out against foreign occupation and there was nothing like that in Pakistan.
The situation being faced by the country did not warrant such an extreme action on the part of those who are staging protest in Islamabad rather they should have urged the people to pay more taxes to make country stronger in economic terms.
He said all the issues could be resolved through talks therefore the protesting parties should adopt the same path for the early solution of the issues raised by them.
He appealed for immediate withdrawal of the call for disobedience to avert any economic disaster in the country.
LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif Anwar said it would take a long time to recover the loss to the economy caused by the two long marches and irresponsible statements issued on the occasion.
PIAF also rejected call for civil disobedience and termed it a conspiracy to create anarchy like situation in the country. Business community would resist highly against any move to destabilise the country.
PIAF Chairman Malik Tahir Javed, Senior Vice President Khamis Saeed Butt and Vice Chairman Amjad Ali Jawa said call for civil disobedience was against the ground realities and an attempt to have clash between government and masses.
They said call would add fuel to the fire in present circumstances and day-to-day affairs of country that were run on taxes, gas bill, sales tax and electricity bills etc.
They said national economy was already in bad shape. The politicians should solve their differences through talks and parliament keeping in view the best interest of the country.

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