LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tuesday urged the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to immediately withdraw SRO 191(1) 2012 pertaining to mandatory requirement of CNIC Number on all transactions.  

This was stated by the LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh after having an hour-long meeting with leaders of a number of trade and industrial associations, including Anjuman-e-Tajiran Pakistan, Qoumi Tajir Ittehad, Lahore Township Industrial Association, Ferozepur Road Industrial Association, Badami Bagh Auto Market Association, Katarbund Road Industrial Association, Kahna Kacha Industrial Association, Township Traders Association who called on him and assured their full backing for launching countrywide protest against the SRO.

The LCCI President informed the trade and industry leaders that he had already conveyed a strong resentment of the business community over this controversial SRO to the Chairman FBR and Member Sales Tax during his meeting with them.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the implementation of this SRO would not only result in closure of businesses but would also cause innumerable lay offs as both the trade and industry were passing through very difficult, challenging and crucial times due to non-availability of gas to the industry in Punjab for 78 days out of last 90 days and over ten hours daily electricity load-shedding.