LAHORE - Any further increase in mark-up rate will not only be detrimental to exports but it would also aggravate ongoing economic crisis that had already shaken the very base of the industrial sector therefore the government must not accept any IMF advice aimed at further increasing cost of doing business in Pakistan. These views were expressed PIAF-Founders Alliance leaders Irfan Qaiser Sheikh and Abdul Basit while addressing a gathering of LCCI Corporate Class members in Defence and Cavalry Ground on Tuesday. Corporate Class Candidates Mian Muzaffar Ali, Tahir Javaid Malik, M Imran Khan, Haroon Chaudhry, Syed Mohammad Umair, Mirza Javaid Iqbal, Kashif Younis Mehr, S. Mahmood Ghaznavi, Shahzad Azam Khan, Munir Ahmed Bhatti, Kh. Imtiaz Ahmad, Arshad Baig, Siddiq-ur-Rehman, Shakeel Ahmad and Tariq Mahmood. The Alliance leaders said that business atmosphere is not as conducive as it should be therefore the government should avoid making any further increase in the rate of mark that is already too high when it is compared to other regional countries. They said that it was becoming very difficult for the Pakistani businessmen to get a place in the global market and if the IMF advice to secure loan was acted upon blindly, the economy would not be able to get back on rails. They said that the business community wanted of the government to take it onboard while taking any crucial decision because the businessmen were the real stakeholders and were affected directly by wrong decisions. They said that there was no denying the fact the Government had left with no other option but to go to IMF for a facility to cope with financial crunch but there was a need that it should put a cap on all unnecessary expenditures to get back on its feet in shortest possible time as the International Monetary Fund stimulus of $7.5 might have quite a few harsh conditionalities. The PIAF-Founders Alliance leaders also urged their fellow businessmen to play their role for economic well being of the country that had been passing through the most critical times of its history.