Businessman panel claims to sweep FPCCI elections

ISLAMABAD: The Businessmen Panel, led by Tariq Saeed on Sunday claimed to sweep the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) annual elections due shortly.

“We enjoy full faith and trust of the business community since decades which will play a decisive role in the elections”, said FPCCI’s former president Senator Ghulam Ali.

Speaking at a meeting attended by hundreds of Presidents and office bearers of different chambers and associations, he said that grouping in an active institution is shocking but temporary. He said Tariq Sayeed has served the business community selflessly for 40- years without any allegation of corruption and favouritism.

Speaking on the occasion, President FPCCI Zakria Usman said that Tariq Sayeed has not accumulated wealth and that he would not allow anyone to take FPCCI as hostage, adding atht some people had formed a small group so that they could achieve their objectives which was impossible otherwise.

Senator Haji Adeel said that the economic situation was far from good and we need strong leadership like Tariq Sayeed to represent business community. He said fake statements and buying of votes will never serve the purpose of those trying to hijack the FPCCI.

Speaking at the occasion, the Businessman Group candidate Anjum Nisar, who is Chairman of PIAF, former president LCCI and third largest taxpayer of the country said that not a single leader of his group iwas facing any probe while the leaders of contending group were facing NAB probe for embezzling millions in the construction of FPCCI Capital Office building.

He said so far, 34 chambers out of 44 and 84 associations out of 104 had reposed confidence in Businessman Group while all the 18 chambers but two in the KPK, GB and Fata had assured full support in the elections. He said Tariq Sayeed had not used his position to establish factories and buy properties like others.

He said the leaders of the newly formed group had never served the business community and the outcome of the elections will expose the tall claims of rejected people.

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