Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar Sunday urged all traders, businessmen and vendors not to overcharge keeping in view the sanctity of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The governor said that in Islam, profiteering, hoarding and over charging was totally prohibited. He said that Pakistan was a Muslim country and people must not only demonstrate but practice the cardinal values of Islamic teachings in their life in true letter and spirit especially in the holy month of Ramadan, a month of special blessing of Allah. He said rich people, philanthropists and traders must facilitate the poor segment of the society and make their life comfortable with their donations, Zakat and offering special discount on products.
Meanwhile, Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an apex body of chambers and traders in the country also appealed businessmen to sell only the best quality products at reasonable prices and offer special discount throughout the holy month.
FPCCI President Zakaria Usman and SAARC CCI VP President Iftikhar Ali Malik said that all chambers and its all affiliated trade bodies and organisations must constitute committees to monitor the prices in their respective areas and businessmen indulged in overcharging be taken to task without any discrimination.
Zakaria said, “We all are Muslims and Quran and Sunnah is complete code of life which must be practiced in true letter and spirit. We all must derive guidance from Quran and Sunnah to make our lives successful in every sphere of life.”
He said Quran and law of land prohibits profiteering and hoarding. He asked the business community especially small vendors and shopkeepers to get only marginal profit from people in the holy month of Ramadan and in return Allah will bless their business with bounties which will continue to flourish.
Iftikhar Ali Malik said that businessmen should sell their products through genuine “grand sale” on the pattern of western countries where all items are sold even up to 80 percent less than the actual prices on the occasion of Christmas and new year.