LAHORE The Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) has said that with a view to decrease automobiles prices in the country the government instead of raising age limit for import of the used cars, should force the auto assemblers to enhance localization in their vehicles, as indigenous parts are cheaper than the international market. It expressed severe disappointment and dismay on the govt decision to increase the age limit for import of used cars from 3 years to 5 years. The Chairman, Aamir Allawala and the Vice Chairman, Nabeel Hashmi has said that a total of 1,600 vendors and parts manufacturers, employing over 200,000 skilled workers are producing world class parts at prices lower than the international levels. These parts meet global quality standards and are manufactured for renowned brands Suzuki, Toyota and Honda. During the last two years, the parts manufacturers have been on the verge of closure and squeezed due to ever-increasing cost of production along with reduction in car production by up to 60 percent due to economic slump in the country, they said. Nabeel Hashmi said that rather than punishing the parts vendors, the government should focus more on implementation of the Auto Industry Development Plan, increasing stakeholders participation in Auto Policy issues, encouraging increase in localization through investment friendly strategies, reducing the cost of doing business in Pakistan and stabilizing the continuous devaluation of the Pak Rupee. The negative brunt of this decision, which is sure to be proved the last nail in the coffin of automobile parts manufacturers, will be borne by common man, besides affecting the job of 200,000 workers directly employed by the vending industry. This common man, working for a basic salary of Rs 7000 per month, can not even dream of buying an automobile and his livelihood will now be destroyed to please a small group of elite that wish to fulfill their needs for imported luxury vehicles PAAPAM demanded the government to revise the decision which is already driving away foreign investment in Pakistan for last 2 years.