Business community was the backbone of the economy and ICT Administration would try to resolve their key issues on priority basis to facilitate the growth of business activities. This was said by Capt (Retd) Mushtaq Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner ICT, Islamabad while speaking at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was accompanied by ADC (East) Capt ® Waqas Rashid, AC Secretariat Mr. Hassan Waqar Cheema, AC Saddar Bushra Iqbal and others.
Capt. ® Mushtaq Ahmed said that draft bill of new rent law would be returned to the government within one week after its public hearing. He said the parking issue of markets would be taken up with CDA in next meeting to find out its solution. He said raids on food outlets have been stopped and a new grading policy for such businesses was being formulated. He said a seminar on this policy will also be held in ICCI to take input of stakeholders. He said after the approval of policy, joint team of ICCI and ICT Administration would conduct inspection of food outlets to ensure compliance of required standards. He said parade ground has been earmarked for public meetings in Islamabad to avoid problems in markets. He also issued some instructions to his team at the spot for resolution of many highlighted issues.
Speaking at the occasion, Khalid Iqbal Malik, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed various issues of business community. He said a new draft bill of rent law for Islamabad was forwarded by the government to the ICT Administration for comments. He urged that required action on said draft bill should be taken in consultation with ICCI and this process should be completed soon because the absence of rent law was giving rise to traders’ rent disputes.
He said non-availability of parking in markets has become a serious issue and ICT Administration should develop a new strategy in consultation with CDA to address this issue. He said a Market Committee was formed for Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale market and stressed that ICT Administration should settle its issues through dialogue with the union of said market. He said protests and public meetings in business areas and on major roads in Islamabad were creating problems for business community and emphasized that ICT Administration should earmark a separate place away from markets for such activities. Khalid Malik Senior Vice President, Tahir Ayub Vice President ICCI, Zafar Bakhtawari, Khalid Chaudhry, Tahir Abbasi, Sardar Tahir and representatives of various markets also highlighted different issues and stressed for their early redress.