KARACHI - Vice President and Regional Chairperson Balochistan of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Fahmida Jamali has alleged that Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Chief Executive SM Muneer was interfering in FPCCI affairs which is unfortunate.

FPCCI is an independent apex body of the country, and no government official has authority to influence us. She cited that across the world, Federation Chambers have played their independent roles and we didn’t see any example that their respective government trade officials interfered in the chambers of commerce domain.

Speaking at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Jamali alleged that Muneer had insulted her, using unethical language, and threatened to ban her entry to FPCCI offices. She maintained that she had rendered great services for the federation and Muneer’s behaviour towards her was inexplicable.

She appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan to look into the matter and initiate necessary disciplinary action against him.

Businessmen panel (BMP) present at the presser also spoke against Muneer, claiming that since he was a dual national, Muneer was not eligible to be TDAP chief executive.

Former President FPCCI Senator Ghulam Ali said that SM Muneer had been interfering in FPCCI affairs despite having no authority over the organization, adding that he had also defied a court order from Islamabad high court refraining him from such intrusions.