Lahore - Pakistan Industrial and Traders Association Front (PIAF) Chairman Irfan Iqbal Sheikh has said that issuance of notices to industries by the Environment Department without even properly probing the issue is a sheer injustice.

“It has created unrest and panic among the businessmen as they were unaware of the whole issue.” Irfan Iqbal Sheikh urged Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif to direct the Environment Department to desist from such practices in future that are bound to put reverse gear to all government efforts aimed at economic turnaround.

He said that at a time when no new local or foreign investor is ready to put his money in any new venture in the province, the bureaucracy is busy in making moves against the existing businesses.

He said that the PIAF, since its very inception, is striving for the promotion of trade and industry but the recent issuance of notices to industrial units is a calculated move to thwart these efforts. He said that business community knows well that the environmental issues were of prime importance therefore the export-oriented industry has already been tackling them on priority, asking the Punjab government to also extend every possible help to the industrial sector in this regard.

He said that compliance to environmental standards was a prerequisite to do business with the developed world therefore the Environment Department should work tirelessly to educate the business community on these standards.

He suggested the government to encourage the establishment of low-cost water treatment plants and plants to control carbon emission, announcing some subsidy or incentives as the industry cannot afford high cost plants.

The Chairman said that the PIAF was taking all possible measures to educate its members about the environmental standards in vogue the world over.

He said that the cases should not be registered against the businessmen on environmental issues as the industrialists always try their level best to comply with all government rules and regulations.