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UBG chairman urges politicians not to influence directly or indirectly FPCCI polls

LAHORE, : Chairman United Business Group (UBG) Iftikhar Ali Malik Wednesday categorically cautioned the politicians not to  exercise their sphere of influence and  intervene in the upcoming elections of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) scheduled to be held on December 27.

Talking to media prior to his departure to Karachi along with 200 voters here today, the veteran trade leader Iftikhar Ali Malik who is also Senior Vice President of SAARC CCI said their group will defeat the Businessmen Panel (BMP) in FPCCI. He said  BMP has been facing crushing defeats since last five consecutive years and they would meet the same fate while one of UBG VP candidate Muhammad Ali Quaid from KPA elected unopposed which speaks of our popularity among chambers.He said chambers are non political entities.

He said that the defeat of the opposition is writing on the wall. He also alleged that BMP always try to come in power through the backdoor and now they are using some influential to get desired results.

They are trying to buy voters belonging to different chambers and trade associations to change their loyalties in favour of the failed group, he accused.

Iftikhar Malik said that politicians should remain impartial in the elections as businessmen will reject their pressure and vote UBG to power on account of best performance. He said that opposition is not interested in help resolving the issues of the business community and they only appear on the scene at the time of elections, therefore, they are rejected by voters.

BMP has always alleged UBG and FPCCI for ignoring issues of business community but they have never informed about their services for the community, he observed.

Malik said that the rejected elements are after resolving their cases and issues and they are least interested in the resolution of the problems of the business community as they have a history of broken promises.

He said that the top leadership of UBG always firmly believed in the rule of law, promotion and strengthening of democracy and upholding of constitutions. He said all decisions were taken with consensus in the interest of the business community and always all out efforts were made to help address the genuine grievances being confronted by the traders.

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