LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar on Sunday urged traders, businessmen and vendors not to overcharge keeping in view the sanctity of the holy month of Ramazan.
Talking to APP, the governor said that Islam totally prohibits profiteering, hoarding and overcharging. He said that Pakistan is a Muslim country and people must not only demonstrate but practice the cardinal values of Islamic teachings in their life in true letter and spirit specially in the holy month of Ramazan, a month of special blessing of Allah. He said rich people, philanthropists and traders must facilitate the poor segment of the society and make their life comfortable with their donations, zakat and offering special discount on products.
Meanwhile Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an apex body of chambers and traders in the country also made an impassioned appeal businessmen to sell only the best quality products at quite reasonable prices and offer special discount throughout the holy month. President FPCCI, Zakaria Usman and VP President SAARC CCI, Iftikhar Ali Malik said that all chambers and its all affiliated trade bodies and organisations must constitute committees to monitor the prices in their respective areas and businessmen indulged in over charing be taken to task without any discrimination.
Zakaria said that “we all are Muslims and Quran and Sunnah is complete code of life which must be practised in true letter and spirit. We all must derive guidance from Quran and Sunnah to make our lives successful in every sphere of life.” He said Quran and law of land prohibits profiteering and hoarding. He asked the business community especially small vendors and shopkeepers to get only marginal profit from people in the holy month of Ramazan and in return Allah will bless their business with bounties which will continue to flourish.
Iftikhar Ali Malik said that businessmen should sell their products through genuine “grand sale” on the pattern of western countries where all items are sold even upto 80 per cent less than the actual prices on the occasion of Christmas and new year. Zonal Chairman and VP FPCCI SM Naseer said that businessmen community must provide an opportunity to have nots for observing fasts comfortably and ensure their full participation in celebrating the Eid by selling the items on no profit no loss basis.
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