LAHORE/ Islamabad Opposing the two weekly holidays declared by the federal government, the business community on Thursday urged the authorities to exempt the industry from this with a view to prevent cuts in export orders and setback to industrial growth. President Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Senator Ghulam Ali said that the decision would affect industrial sector, especially the manufacturers, already hit by high input costs and weak Pak rupee against dollar. All this would hamper the industrial production in the country, he expressed. SVP of the LCCI Meher Kashif Younis said that two weekly holidays would burden the industrial sector already facing brunt of high markup rate, and serious energy crisis. He said that all these factors are increasing the cost of doing business. All federation VPs Khalid Tawab, Dawood Usman Kakhura, Fazle Elahi, Muhammad Tariq Shafi, Muhammad Usman Shakih, Ch Aamer Ata Bajwa and Muhammad Akbar Khan also endorsed the federation chief on exemption of weekly holidays. Iftikhar Ali Malik said that the industry is already facing severe energy crisis, increased electricity tariffs and high prices of petroleum at this critical juncture would squeeze the liquidity. He said that high tariff of power, gas and petroleum have created another severe liquidity crunch for the importers of industrial raw material. Meanwhile, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has strongly opposed the anticipated plan of the government to announce two weekly holidays. President ICCI, Yassar Sakhi Butt has strongly opposed the anticipated plan of the government to announce Saturday as a weekly holiday and said that government should take solid and concrete steps to cover this power gap instead of opting the 2 holidays in a week and shutting down of markets before sunset. ICCI President said that this decision would further slowdown the already fragile economic wheel and would directly affect the national GDP growth. He urged the government to take steps for revival of economy by eliminating power theft on war-footing rather than taking the measures as announced yesterday. He said that this decision would badly affect the working of industries especially export-oriented industries which work round-the-clock to meet the export targets throughout the year. Butt suggested the government to consider alternative measures for saving energy and enhancing the capacity of electricity generating units. He said that an additional holiday in a week would also cause financial loss to the national exchequer. He was of the view that permanent solution should be worked out to overcome energy crisis. ICCI President showed serious concern for labours, which were working on daily wages and said that this segment of society would badly suffer due to this unwise move of the government.0