Corporate sector seeks revolutionary steps for survival of industrial sector

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Expressing severe concern over the reported impasse in the process of industrialization in Azad Jammu & Kashmir since long following the alleged massive mismanagement on the part of the state-run regulatory authorities as well as by various previous managements of Mirpur, the business community of AJK has demanded immediate effective measures to ensure the survival of the collapsed industrial sector in the State.

Local business community including industrialists and traders, newly elected and former office bearers of their sole representative forum – the Mirpur AJK Chamber of Commerce and Industry while addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Chamber here on Friday night strongly demanded immediate grant of attractive incentives to ensure the true industrial progress in the state particularly, through the revival of hundreds of the sick Industrial units in the Mirpur district of AJK. Newly elected office bearers of the Mirpur AJK Chamber of Commerce & Industry including President Sabir Hussain Shah, Senior Vice President Kashif Nazir Bajaar, and Vice President Muhammad Shafique Ratvi took the charge of their respective offices replacing the outgoing President Faisal Manzoor, Sr. Vice President Zahid Subhani and Vice President (Late) Malik Azhar Mehnaz.

It may be mentioned that Master Waris Azhar Malik, 06-year old son of late Azhar Mehnaz represented his late father in the ceremony – who was killed by an over speeding vehicle at Band Road in Mirpur few weeks back. The annual general meeting of the Mirpur AJKCCI was jolted as a result of heated speeches by several of former Presidents of the Chamber, besides other speakers, bitterly criticizing the performance of the outgoing management especially the former President Faisal Manzoor for his alleged hostile attitude towards some of the former Presidents including Murtaza Chaudhry and Azeem Mushtaq Chaudhry who lambasted the outgoing President for his indifferent attitude – which forced them to stay off the chamber during his term in power.

However, few of the ex Presidents appreciated the achievements secured by the outgoing President mostly for the traders. Alarming indication to the fast deteriorating and ugly situation of industrial sector in AJK was given by the speakers in the annual general meeting of the AJK Chamber of Commerce & Industry wherein, the newly elected office bearers of the AJKCCI for year 2022-23 took their respective offices.

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