LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar Sunday said that sit-ins are inflicting billions of rupees daily loss to national economy, besides hampering economic growth.
Talking to a high level delegation of trade leaders drawn across the country led by Chairman United Businessman Group and VP SAARC chamber of commerce and industry Iftikhar Ali Malik,the Governor said that it has caused huge losses to economy besides rendering many workers jobless.
He said, due to sit-ins, the investment oriented visits of Chinese and Sri Lankan presidents and Amir of Qatar were postponed and Pakistan was deprived of the great opportunity of direct and indirect foreign investment.
He said that there is no hard and fast rules in the politics worldwide and viable solution to all political differences only rest with holding result-oriented parleys.
The Governor said that agitations,strikes,violence,protests and sit-ins had never been the answer to any political issues.
He said that internationally important political issues were resolved through dialogue among the states.
Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar said that Imran Khan and Tahir Ul Qadri in the larger national interest should demonstrate the flexibility for strengthening the democracy in the country.
He said “we all, irrespective of political affiliations,ought to maintain the dignity of the country by sinking our political differences on priority”.
He said entire Muslim Ummah pinned high hopes on the top leadership of Pakistan.
Earlier Chairman Businessman Group Iftikhar Ali Malik briefed the Governor about the concerns of business community with regard to the self styled sit-ins.
He said that 60 to 70 per cent business is now down in the country due to so-called sit-ins. He said that due to prevailing political situation, exporters miserably failed to honour their export commitments.
The Governor assured the delegation that Prime Minister and Chief Minister attached great importance to business community and their genuine problems will be resolved on priority.
Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar congratulated the Chief Executive Trade Development Authority Pakistan S.M.Munir who is also patron-in-chief of United Business Group for clean sweep in the annual elections of the chamber of commerce and industry across the country.