LAHORE: The All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran (APAT) has demanded of the federal and provincial government to identify and gave exemplary punishments to those industrialists and bankers who were allegedly involved in hoarding and illegal trade of the US dollars.

“All those persons, including traders, bankers and industrialists, who were involved in hoarding and illegal trade of the US dollars are the enemies of the country and deserve strict punishment,” said APAT Central General Secretary Naeem, who called on the newly-elected President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Kashif Anwar on Wednesday to congratulate him and other members upon their winnings in recent elections.

Before the arrival of Ishaq Dar, the inflation rate had soared to 45 percent and the greenback became a commodity instead of a currency, he said and proposed to the LCCI chief to organise a moot by inviting representatives of all the political parties to start a debate on the need of charter of economy.

Currently, he said, there is a dire need of holding a debate over the charter of economy with all political parties on board because the country cannot afford economic destabilization. He said the process of consultation with traders over the issue of fixed tax has been concluded and the draft will soon be sent to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for approval.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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