LAHORE - Leading businessmen and trade leaders have expressed their concern over the current economic situation of the country and demanded the coalition government to take concrete steps to resolve the problems being faced by the business community. They said that the imposition of withholding tax, sales tax and alarming increase in the prices of petrol, diesel, and gas and the law and order situation in the country are hampering the industrial growth. According to the news release, the trade leaders expressed these views at a dinner held in the honour of leading traders and businessmen by former President Gujranwala Chambers of Commerce and Industry Haji M Aslam. The trade leaders also discussed in detail the problems being faced by the traders of Gujranwala. On this occasion, President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Tanvir Ahmed Sheikh said that the government withdrew the condition of 35 per cent LC margin on the proposal of FPCCI, which reflected the business friendly approach of the democratically elected government. He further said that the condition of 35 percent L/C margin on other items would also be withdrawn soon as the trade leaders are in touch the government on this issue. Co-chairman Businessmen Panel Iftikhar Ali Malik said that we should focus on the agriculture sector, which is the mainstay of the country's economy. He also said that taking serious notice of the current economic scenario in Pakistan, the businessmen panel has decided to convene 'Businessmen Convention' in Islamabad to discuss the economic issues with the leaders of the coalition government so that the role of stakeholders could be redefined to bring the country out of the current economic uncertainty. Iftikhar Ali Malik said PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, PML (N) Quaid Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and ANP Leader Asfand Yar Wali and the private sectors of the country would be urged on this forum to institute a roadmap that could usher the economy on track of sustainable development. The business convention will be held very soon in the federal capital to discuss the present economic scenario in order to pull the country out of economic uncertainty as the top leadership is being contacted in this regard. He further said that more than 2,500 leading businessmen including the president FPCCI, presidents and vice presidents of all chambers, chairmen of sectoral associations and leaders of the other business groups will be invited to attend the convention. Vice President of the federation, Zubair Tufail, former vice president Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, and Riaz Ahmed Bajwa also spoke on this occasion.