FPCCI slams NAB for arresting businessman
KARACHI: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has criticised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for harassing and arresting a businessman in the premises of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a statement said on Tuesday.
FPCCI president Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo said that the government officials have repeatedly assured the apex trade body that the businessmen will be treated with dignity and will be given due respect as per basic human rights inculcated in the Constitution of Pakistan.
Maggo reiterated that it was decided between the FPCCI and the government that the NAB will not take up business and industry cases, as there are other dedicated legal and constitutional fora available for them. However, the NAB continued to meddle into the cases of business and industry.
Maggo also thanked the acting chief justice of Pakistan for taking note of the situation and asking for an explanation from the NAB officials for the arrest, while the accused Saif-Ur-Rehman was appearing in the court for the proceedings of a pre-arrest bail.
He said he has full confidence and faith in the judicial system of Pakistan and does not, in any way whatsoever, support any corrupt practices in the business community but he is a firm believer in the basic legal principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
The FPCCI chief emphasised that, in essence, businesses run any economy through paying taxes and generating employment, and businessmen are treated with respect and honour in all the civilised societies.
The FPCCI, once again, reiterates that harassment, bullying and corruption must end and due course of law must be followed in letter and spirit, as these practices cannot co-exist with business and economic growth.
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