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Pak biz heads meet army chief, slam govt over economy

Islamabad, Oct 3 (IANS) The heads of Pakistan’s leading business houses called on Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to voice concern over the country’s economic condition and the Imran Khan government’s half-hearted response to the situation.

The businessmen met Bajwa on Wednesday night at a dinner reception during which they also apprised the army chief of the government’s lukewarm response to the tough times key drivers of the nation’s economy are facing, reported on Thursday.

The delegation of 16-20 businessmen told the army chief that the government does not act beyond any verbal assurance.

They told Bajwa that their business units are getting closed down one by one, and if remedial measures were not taken then all their businessess would be shut, leaving countless workers unemployed.

“There is no ray of hope,” the businessmen said.

Sources said Bajwa heard the business heads’ grievances and assured them of his help.

He said he would try to do something for the resolution of their problems at the earliest, and also advised the businessmen to cooperate with the government, and not to side with the anti-government forces.

Bajwa also floated an idea that an internal committee be formed comprising military officers to work on the complaints so that they could be resolved as soon as possible, sources said.

The army chief hailed the services rendered to the country by the business community, adding that with their efforts, Pakistan will move forward.



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