Democratic process should continue: FPCCI


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Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) president Zubair F. Tufail said the democratic process in the country should continue in order to achieve sustainable economic growth. Commemorating ‘Allama Iqbal & Pakistan’ at a seminar on organized by FPCCI Standing Committee on Public Relations on Thursday to award prominent personalities and institutions who played their role in the field of media.
Tufail said the people elected government should be given the opportunity to complete their tenure. “If the people are not satisfied with the performance of a government then they [people] should have right to replace with the new legislators,” he observed. Sharing his views on Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal, he said that his poetry was futuristic with focus on social and economic issues of Muslim Ummah.
The business community should follow the Iqbal’s philosophy to achieve success in the economic area, Tufail said, adding, “Although there are many hurdles struck the business community should continue to play their role in economic activities and generating employment for youth.” Renowned media personalities and business persons attended the seminar to commemorate Iqbal’s Day. On the occasion, the President of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Zia Shahid said every Pakistani recalled the golden era of the country that was started during the tenure of Gen. Ayub Khan a dictatorial period, but Pakistan progressed immensely in every field of economy.
Now we have witnessed rough ride of our country’s economy from a long period of time, he observed. Unfortunately, as Muslim Ummah we have not established a bank or any research institute to benefit and develop 58 OIC member countries, he said, adding, we remained engaged in saving their governments and fighting with each other. OIC countries have very few visionary leaders who were willing to develop poor Muslim countries and uplift the lives of these nations, but these leaders were died before achieving their goals, he added. Recalling a country’s prominent leader words that one sugar mill will grab 6,000 votes and our leaders are engaged in businesses to secure their constituencies, he added.
Later, a simple award ceremony was held in which the FPCCI Standing Committee on Public Relations awarded the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of English Daily Pakistan Observer, Zahid Malik for his untiring services towards the field of journalism and newspaper. Renowned journalist, author, scholar, analyst and former bureaucrat Zahid Malik was a founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of the English daily Pakistan Observer. He authored a dozen books, and over 2,000 articles and comments.
He received a Writers Guild of Pakistan First Prize for his book ‘Public Relations’ which was first published in Urdu in 1971. Another of Malik’s works ‘Mazameen-i-Quran-i-Hakeem’ an 800-page subject-wise classification of verses of the Holy Quran was translated into English, French and German.
He also delivered over 100 lectures on various subjects to groups inside and outside Pakistan. Malik also received a Sitara-i-Imtiaz on Aug 14, 2011, for his contributions towards journalism, the promotion of the ideology of Pakistan and writings about religion. Malik was patron-in-chief of the Nazaria-e-Pakistan Council, chairman of the International Seerat Centre and the Foundation for Coexistence of Civilizations.
He was also the founder-chairman of the think tank ‘101 Friends of China’, a non-governmental organisation aimed towards improving Pak-China ties. He was conferred an honorary PhD in Philosophy at the 6th convocation of the Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education in Karachi on December 11, 2013.

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