ISLAMABAD, SEPT 20 (DNA) – The election announcement ceremony for the office bearers of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the year 2021-22 was held at Chamber House. Ch. Abdul Ghaffar, Chief Election Commission announced the results. Muhammad Shakeel Munir was elected as President, Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh Senior Vice President and Muhammad Faheem Khan as Vice President ICCI. All the candidates were elected unopposed and they will formally take the charge of their portfolios on 1st October 2021.

Speaking at the occasion, the newly elected President ICCI Muhammad Shakeel Munir said that the business community was facing many problems due to Covid-19 pandemic and getting their key issues resolved would be his key priority. He stressed that the government should change the POL price fixation formula as the fortnightly change in prices is increasing the cost of doing business and hiking inflation. He said that the government should cut high taxes on POL products to provide some relief to people. He said that the current President ICCI Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan said set high benchmarks of performance and he would try to further strengthen the ICCI to raise its performance bar. He thanked the Chairman & members of Founder Group and all members of ICCI for showing confidence in his abilities and resolved that he would not disappoint them.

Mian Akram Farid, Chairman Founder Group said that the unopposed election of new office bearers of ICCI was the victory of Founder Group and he congratulated them. He hoped that they would perform better for resolving the key issues of the business community. He said that the establishment of new industrial estate in Islamabad should be their key priority to foster industrialization and employment creation in the region. Founder Group Election Campaign Co-Chairmen Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi and Sheikh Amir Waheed also congratulated the newly elected office bearers of ICCI and hoped that they would play effective role in resolving key issues of business community.

The newly elected Senior Vice President Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh and Vice President Muhammad Faheem Khan said that the government has promulgated Third Amendment Ordinance 2021 making tax law harsher, which has created a lot of concerns in the business community. They urged that the government should review these harsh amendments to save business class from further troubles. They thanked the Founder Group and ICCI members for electing them unopposed and ensured that they would try to deliver up to their expectations.

Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, President, Fatma Azim Senior Vice President and Abdul Rehman Khan Vice President ICCI congratulated the newly elected office bearers of ICCI and assured them of their full cooperation in discharging their responsibilities. They highlighted the key achievements of their tenure and hoped that the new team would achieve many new milestones for ICCI and for the business community.

Former Presidents ICCI Khalid Javed, Mian Shaukat Masud, Khalid Iqbal Malik, Zafar Bakhtawari, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, Ahmed Mughal as well as Ch. Waheed ud Din, Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, Khalid Chaudhry and others also congratulated the newly elected office bearers of ICCI and expressed good wishes for them.