AQ Khalil advises JPSD to focus on setting up universities for prosperous future

General Secretary Businessmen Group & Former President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) AQ Khalil has advised Jamiyat Punjab Saudagran-e-Delhi (JPSD) to enhance the scope of Jamiat’s operations by looking into the possibility of setting up universities for higher education instead of staying confined to just financing the deserving students.

“We should have owned at least three universities but, unfortunately, it has not happened so far and we are way behind so JPSD, which has taken several social welfare initiatives, must also struggle to enhance its ambit in order to catch up with the pace of developing world so that prosperous future for our next generations could be ensured”, he added while speaking at a meeting during the visit of JPSD delegation to KCCI.

President KCCI Mohammed Tariq Yousuf, Senior Vice President Touseef Ahmed, President JPSD Muhammad Saleem Farooqui, General Secretary JPSD Mufti Talha Abdul Malik, Former Presidents KCCI Saeed Shafiq and Shamim Ahmed Firpo and others also attended the meeting.

On behalf of the entire Urdu speaking community, AQ Khalil extended complete support to KCCI’s Office Bearers with high hopes that they would work enthusiastically to deliver the best services to the business and industrial community of Karachi.

Keeping in view the strong ties between KCCI and JPSD, AQ Khalil was fairly optimistic that the relationship between the two institutions would continue to strengthen further and both would work collectively for resolving some of the most pressing issues being suffered by Karachi.

President JPSD Muhammad Saleem Farooqui, in his remarks, highlighted numerous initiatives taken by JPSD which has been providing free groceries to a large number of families, sponsoring marriages and financing students in addition to providing healthcare facility to community members and others through BHY Hospital where state-of-art-facilities were being provided to patients. “Free-of-cost dialysis facility is also being provided to patients and 28 dialysis are carried out each day.”

He also requested KCCI to help JPSD in availing tax exemptions from the provincial and federal tax collection authorities as JPSD, which was an NGO, provides welfare services to community with a vision to serve humanity.

Speaking on the occasion, President KCCI Mohammed Tariq Yousuf stated that KCCI and JPSD have been enjoying excellent relations since many decades and it was really heartening to see that some of most prominent personalities of Urdu community have served Karachi Chamber as Office Bearers who took practical, concrete and resulted-oriented steps during KCCI’s journey to success.

Referring to LCs issue, he informed that KCCI took up this pressing issue with the State Bank that led to resolving 66 percent of LC cases which were brought to this Chamber’s knowledge. “The situation is still very disturbing so we are constantly pursuing the policymakers and requesting them to provide relief”, he added.

He also assured to take up the tax exemption matters with tax authorities at federal and provincial level as institutions like JPSD who have been dedicatedly serving humanity must be provided tax exemptions.

He also advised JPSD delegation to focus on introducing simplicity in various events being staged within the community as it has been observed that a lot of money and resources were being wasted on lavish events which have to be simplified according to the teachings of Islam so that the saved funds and food stuff could be provided to the poor and needy people. While extending full support and cooperation to Urdu speaking community, he said, “Any issue being faced may please be notified to this Chamber and we will make all-out efforts to get it resolved at the earliest.”

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