The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry celebrated the 144th birthday of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with enthusiasm and national spirit. To mark the birth anniversary, a cake cutting ceremony was held and Quaid’s guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline were highlighted. Hamza Shafqaat Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Zubair Ahmed Malik Chairman Founder Group, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi Vice President FPCCI, Khalid Chaudhry and others were present at the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry called upon the government to take strong measures to implement the economic vision of Quaid-e-Azam to make Pakistan a self-reliant, progressive and prosperous country. He said at the birth of Pakistan, its opponents had predicted that Pakistan would survive economically but Quaid-e-Azam motivated the economists and entrepreneurs to take active part in the economic development of Pakistan and make it a strong economy.
He said from the very beginning, Quaid-e-Azam had stressed upon the need of developing a strong industrial base side by side with promoting agriculture to reduce Pakistan’s dependence on foreign world. He said the whole nation along with business community has follow the Quaid’s golden principles to make Pakistan a strong economy of the region.
Hamza Shafqaat, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad said that Quaid-e-Azam had termed commerce and trade as the life-blood of the nation and had advocated for maintaining honesty and integrity to make Pakistan a hallmark for standard and quality in the marketplaces of the world. He said the annual anniversary of Quaiid-e-Azam reminded the business community to act upon the Quaid’s economic vision to make Pakistan a progressive and prosperous country. He said that the government was according high priority to trade and industry and assured that ICT Administration would take all possible measures to address the key issues of business community.
Tahir Abbasi, Senior Vice President and Saif ur Rahman Khan Vice President ICCI said that Quaid-e-Azam had stressed upon the need of eradicating illiteracy and providing the best possible training to technicians, scientists, businessmen and other professionals to produce trained and professional manpower for speeding up economic growth. They urged that government should pay heed to the guiding principles of Quaid-e-Azam and focus on establishing a strong network of vocational and technical training institutes across the country to produce trained and skilled manpower that would help in putting the country on the path of sustainable economic growth.