United Business Group (UBG) Central Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik Tuesday terming the victory of the Businessmen Panel (BMP) in the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) annual election totally bogus and illegal decided to take legal course to remove BMP from the chamber in order to restore the genuine leadership of business community for solution of their issues.
In a press statement issued here today, Iftikhar Malik said that this is an open secret now that present regime of BMP at Federation has not won the elections as their victory was due to the use of unfair means with illegal mandate.
He said UBG leadership decided unanimously that they would not recognize BMP legal existence as they have all proofs that 26 bogus votes have been cast in favor of BMP candidate and the case of 26 bogus votes is still in court and yet to be decided. Therefore, UBG asked its members and supporters not to apply for any Standing Committee or even straightforwardly rejected offers if they receive any.
He further pointed out that in history of Federation there is always one man and one vote but surprisingly Anjum Nisar candidate of President cast two votes; one from PCMA and one from PFMA which made both votes illegal and liable to be rejected besides cancellation of his candidature.
Besides this, BMP also managed to open the envelopes of those 26 bogus votes and declared these votes legal by counting them in their favor.
Iftikhar Malik added that UBG would fight to the last for their ultimate right of representation in the FPCCI that had been occupied by the BMP illegally. He said this is the reality f the day that UBG leadership had won respect, appreciation and support from the business community of the country for their untiring service for the betterment of the business community. He said that UBG leadership has worked hard and restored the respect of business community.