LCCI polls 2013: PIAF Founders inching towards massive victory


While though competition for the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) elections is expected, the PIAF-Founders Alliance’s candidates have an edge over their rivals. Additionally, the Azad Progressive Group is receiving more and more support from different trade bodies and industrialist wings.
The PIAF-Founders Alliance Corporate Class’s candidates on Tuesday launched their door-to-door campaign under the leadership of the LCCI’s Former Presidents Mian Misbah ur Rehman and Mian Shafqat Ali. Anjuman Tajran Loha Market Shahid Ganj Landa Bazaar announced its support for the Alliance. In a specially arranged meeting of PIAF-Founders Alliance Traders, the Union’s President Haji Raja Ashfaq and other office bearers unanimously announced their support for the Alliance.
Just a day earlier, on September 9, the All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association (APPMA) and hundreds of traders of its affiliated markets announced their support for the PIAF-Founders Alliance in the LCCI elections being held on September 23rd and 24th.
In the first leg of the door-to door election campaign, the Alliance Corporate Class’s candidates including Ejaz Mumtaz, Babar Mehmood Chaudhry, Nasib Ahmad Saifi, Zafar Mehmood, Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Aslam, Mian Muhammad Afzal and Maqsood Butt held meetings with businessmen belonging to the Lahore Township Industrial Area, the Sunder Industrial Estate and the Kahna Katcha Industrial Estate.
On the occasion, Misbah and Shafqat gave a brief introduction of their candidates and threw light on the LCCI’s achievements this year.
“A number of training programmes were conducted to educate the LCCI’s members and after the elections, the new office-bearers would be asked to focus on arranging more such programmes,” they said.
Furthermore, they said that the Alliance had nominated candidates who were considered experts in their respective fields and possessed a strong understanding about the country’s economic issues.
They said that a comprehensive plan would be evolved to showcase Pakistani merchandise world over as the total volume of Pakistani merchandise traded around the world was currently negligible, adding that various sectors possessed a lot of untapped potential.
They also informed the listeners that the LCCI would convince Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to convene a roundtable for businessmen for the economy’s early turnaround.
On the occasion, LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar urged the businessmen to participate in the LCCI’s activities as this would enable them to learn about the various business opportunities available in the developed world.