PTI should present economic agenda instead of wasting people’s time: APAT

Faisalabad—Secretary General All Pakistan Anjman-e-Tajran (APAT) Naeem Meer on Friday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should present its economic agenda instead of wasting people’s precious time in dancing and marry making. Speaking at a news conference here, he expressed concern that some handful elements were once again out to foment political unrest instead of contributing their positive role for the revival of national economy.
He said the business community was of considered opinion that the country had been put on the right track. “Inflation is under control. We are expecting to get rid of IMF from next year. Similarly, economic benefits of Pak-China friendship are now visible,” he said and added, “The industrial sector is getting round-the-clock electricity.” Gas shortage has also been overcome to a greater extent.
Work on power generation projects is in full swing and hopefully the menace of load shedding will be ended up to 2018,” he said. Responding to a question about the PTI’s public meeting, he said it had right to hold public meeting but it should be in the best interest of Pakistan and its inhabitants. He said previous circumstances had proved beyond any doubt that Container Phase-1 had inflicted colossal economic loss to the country.
The political unrest was main hurdle for direct foreign investment which was also discouraging the local investors to set up new industries and provide jobs to the youth. He said the PTI as well as other political parties were free to criticize the government but it should never ever be harmful to the national economy as economic loss will have to ultimately borne by the people of Pakistan. He said some political parties were once again trying to create political unrest which will be tantamount to erode economic base of the country. He added: “We all know well that rights are linked with duties but some people are asserting for their rights without fulfilling their own duties.”
He urged the opposition to come out of politics of confrontation and musical chair and play their role for the economic stability in which a tangible benefit could be passed on to the poorest of the poor. He said that business community was expecting from the opposition that it will also invite proposals from the business community to make the next year budget people and business friendly in its true terms, but it bitterly failed and is wasting its time in harmful activities.
In this connection opposition had to stop protests and play its productive democratic role at the platform of parliament, he said and added opposition and government had to play a productive role to bring positive changes in the system. Responding to a question, APAT General Secretary Naeem Meer said the business community would not support corruption, loot and plunder but they believed in fair and impartial trial of all without any discrimination.—APP

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