Peshawar    -    While addressing the Annual General Meeting held here at the chamber’s house on Friday, the newly elected president of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Muhammad Ishaq demanded the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announce a special relief package for the flood-affected business community of the province. Instead of putting an additional burden on existing taxpayers, he urged that steps should be taken to bring new people under the tax net. Mr Ishaq called for revising the unprecedented hike in power tariffs and demanded a smooth supply of power and gas to industrial and commercial consumers along with domestic users as it is the legal right of the people under article 158 of the constitution. “The government should formulate business-friendly policies and provide special incentives to the business community to boost up industrial, trade and commercial activities, he stressed. He also said that SCCI believes in selfless service to the traders’ community. On the occasion, Chief Minister’s Focal Person on Ease of Doing Business and Investment Ghazanfar Bilour, outgoing president Hasnain Khurshid, other office bearers Imran Mohmand, Javed Akhtar, and newly elected Vice President Shahid Hussain and Ejaz Khan, members of the election committee Malik Niaz, Abid Yousafzai and Haris Mufti, former presidents, elected members of the SCCI’s executive committee, industrialists, office bearers of traders’ bodies, and members of the business community were present in a large number. The newly elected president paid tribute to the business community for its resilience during Covid-19, flood and terrorism situations, and adding a provision of relief and incentives to flood and the terrorism-hit business community is their topmost priority. The chamber President Mr Ishaq assured to take traders and industrialists on board and devise a strategy to resolve issues of the business community amicably. He vowed to closely and collaboratively work with all chambers for stabilizing the national as well as provincial economy. On the occasion, the SCCI chief voiced concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as incidents of extortion, hurling of hand grenades inside business premises and street crimes have increased unprecedentedly. He reiterated his firmed resolve that SCCI Citizens-Police Liaison Committee is revived to stabilize and improve relations between the business community and police authorities. Ishaq assured to build up a concrete liaison with the government and relevant authorities and vowed that the businessman forum who showed trust in him, will try to come as per their expectations.