ISLAMABAD - Budget should be completely balanced and it must meet the needs of all segments of society, said President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Ijaz Abbasi while addressing a meeting here on Monday. Abbasi said that people were already under pressure due to inflation and energy crisis, and were keeping eye on the coming budget for relief. He said that duty on all sorts of raw materials, which were not locally available, should be zero-rated and everyone be allowed to import raw material of any kind. The trade deficit had touched record high in the history of the country, which needed to be controlled, otherwise Pakistan had to face more economic problems, he added. Abbasi emphasised that government must check on the development expenditures, which were burden on the economy. He said Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and it was the responsibility of the government to make long and short terms plans and strategies. He said that government should work on a clear roadmap for the economic growth of the country, adding that it was the time to react fast and without any further delay. He said that government should immediately reach on some consensus for the survival of Pakistan's economy. President ICCI said that people of Pakistan had given the mandate to the government and now it was the responsibility of the government to deliver its best for the nation. He said that the people realised that the country was under strains due to drastic change in the global economy but in order to tackle this situation, government must find solutions to give relief to the people. Meanwhile, Ijaz Abbasi, in a meeting at ICCI, expressed deep sorrow and condolence over the death of Chairman CDA Kamran Lashari's mother.