The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that the political unrest is badly affecting the industrial, business and export activities here.

Talking to the newsmen, the SCCI president said that the persisting political crisis had also worried Sialkot exporters’ foreign clients. President Dr Sarfraz Bashir added that the foreigners had been calling them here in Sialkot to know the actual situation, as they were also showing dismay and expressing grave concern over the uncertain situation. He said that several foreign customers were thinking to divert their import orders from Sialkot-Pakistan to other countries in a bid to avert their business loss because of the political unrest.

He said that political unrest was also causing inordinate delay in the shipments from the different dry ports across Pakistan as the containers carrying the import and export consignments worth millions of rupees were being caught and placed on roads by the administration in various parts of Punjab for roads blockades.

He said due to this alarming situation, the Sialkot exporters were unable to ensure timely dispatch of their export consignments to different foreign destinations. He said that the unrest was promoting bad image globally, besides, leaving bad impacts on national economy. He said that the foreign investors and foreign customers were reluctant to visit Pakistan to launch or promote business.

He urged the government and the protesting parties to find a peaceful and amicable solution to the persisting political crisis through talks not through the protest to save the country from great financial losses, paving the way for political and economic stability in the country.