A delegation led by Haji Tariq, President of the Motor and Importer Dealers Association, visited the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to engage in discussions concerning the challenges faced by their sector, including auto city solution.
The delegation, which included notable figures such as Raja Amir Karim, Sardar Irfan, Muhammad Waseem Abbasi, Azhar Akhlaq Abbasi, Ajab Gul, and others, expressed their concerns about the impact of recent actions taken by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) against car showrooms in the region.
Significance of Auto City Solution in Islamabad
A press release issued on Wednesday highlighted the significance of car showrooms in providing employment opportunities and fostering business activities. Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, addressed the delegation, emphasizing the adverse effects of CDA’s actions on the sector’s businesses and the subsequent rise in unemployment.
Bakhtawari demanded that the CDA collaborates with motor dealers and importers to establish an “Auto City” for car showrooms in Islamabad. This initiative aims to address parking problems in markets and promote the smooth functioning of business activities in the sector. He assured the delegation of ICCI’s cooperation in finding solutions to the challenges faced by motor dealers.
Haji Tariq, President of the Motor and Importer Dealers Association, underscored the vital role played by motor dealers in business development and job creation. He expressed concern over the repeated attempts by the CDA to close car showrooms in Islamabad, causing significant hardships for the business community in the sector. Tariq highlighted that the Islamabad High Court had issued instructions to the CDA to find a permanent solution to the issue and urged the authority to analyze successful models from major cities worldwide.
Engr. Azharul Islam Zafar, Vice President of ICCI, echoed the importance of addressing the problems faced by motor dealers for the overall growth of the sector. He assured the delegation of ICCI’s collaboration in resolving their issues.
Zafar Bakhtawari, former President of ICCI and Secretary General of UBG Pakistan, stressed the crucial role played by the auto industry in contributing approximately 30 billion rupees in taxes. He called for government support to create favorable conditions for the industry and motor dealers, ultimately facilitating economic growth.
The representatives from various regions, including Raja Amir Karim, Sardar Irfan, Muhammad Waseem Abbasi, Azhar Akhlaq Abbasi, and Ajab Gul, also spoke on the occasion, emphasizing the need for the CDA to prioritize addressing their sector’s issues promptly. The delegation is hopeful that collaborative efforts will lead to sustainable solutions for the challenges faced by the motor and importer dealers in Islamabad.