SIALKOT-The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has strongly recommended the early suspension of 50 corrupt government officers working on key posts in different departments.

They are involved in separate cases of corruption, fraud, fund embezzlement and power abuse.

According to the senior officials, the ACE has sent the copies of FIRs lodged against the corrupt officials to the Punjab government and the provincial heads of the different departments including the police, highways, buildings, education, health, public health engineering, food, agriculture, forest and district accounts, strongly recommending their immediate suspension.

The senior ACE officials added that these corrupt officials, nominated in the FIRs registered against them, were still working on the important posts in Gujranwala Division’s Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts by completely using their political influence.

On the direction of the Director General of Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) Punjab Brig (r) Muzaffar Ali Ranjha, the ACE teams had already conducted inquiries against these corrupt officials under the supervision of Regional Director ACE Gujranwala Fareed Ahmed.

SCCI MEETING: Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Zahid Latif Malik said that the Sialkot exporters played a pivotal role in strengthening national economy by earning the foreign exchange to the tune of US$ 2 billion annually.

He was addressing a meeting of the Sialkot exporters held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry SCCI). SVP Abdul Waheed, Vice President Abid Ahmed Khawaja and export tycoons of Sialkot Riazud Din Sheikh, Dr Aslam Dar, Dr Nouman Idrees Butt, Dr Mariyam Nouman, Khawar Anwar Khawaja, Masud Akhtar Khawaja, Mian Anwar, Maj (r) Mansur Ahmed and Mohsin Gull also attended the meeting.

The SCCI president said that the economic and political stability was vital to flourish the national exports. He added that the political uncertainty was the major reason behind the visible decline in the national exports during the last few years. He also urged the government to announce a special package of trade and export-related incentives for the Sialkot exporters from Export Development Fund (EDF) through Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

He said that the direly needed incentives would flourish the Sialkot’s export-oriented industries. He said that the government should also encourage and patronize the Sialkot exporters at every level enabling them to struggle hard with full devotion, dedication, enthusiasm and complete peace of mind for enhancing the national exports.

He asked the government to give some financial relief to Sialkot exporters in the shape of releasing their all the prolonged pending cases of duty draw back and refunds claims. He said that the Sialkot exporters were much perturbed as their duty drawback, sales tax, income tax refund claims had been pending for several years. He said that the inordinate delay in the payment of these refund claims was causing financial crisis for the Sialkot exporters besides creating hurdle in the flow of cash in the Sialkot’s export industries.