DGTO disqualifies Amjad Chaudhry from FPCCI membership

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) has announced the removal of the name of Muhammad Amjad Chaudhry of All Pakistan Customs Agents Association from the Executive Committee and the General Body of FPCCI for the year 2021.

According to details it has been done in compliance of the order passed by the Regulator TOs, dated 4th June 2021 in respect of disqualification of Muhammad Amjad Chaudhry, nominee of All Pakistan Customs Agents Association, on the Executive Committee and General Body of FPCCI for the year 2021. While the Association was also penalized Rs 10,000/- .

Mr. Riaz Ahmed, Regulator of Trade Organizations, Directorate General of Trade Organizations in his order said; Mr. Amjad Chaudhry of M/s Macafat International / nominee of All Pakistan Customs Agents Association is disqualified for FPCCI elections 2020-2021 as he has failed to provide any proof of being a Corporate member for election year.

In addition, the All Pakistan Customs Agents Association is penalized Rs 10,000/- for non-compliance of relevant rules at time of grant of membership to Mr. Amjad Chaudhry under Section 25 of Trade Organizations Act, 2013 while the matter stands disposed of accordingly.

It may be mentioned here that petitioner Syed Minhaj Ud Din Shah had argued that the participation of Mr. Amjad Chaudhry nominee of All Pakistan Customs Agents Association was illegal and that he may be disqualified due to his inability to produce documents in his defense before the Honorable High Court and the Regulator TO.

The Respondent failed to appear before the Regulator on 05-05-2021, however he appeared on 02-06-2021 and argued that as the license of All Pakistan Custom Agents Association was valid and he was granted membership by the Association, therefore he should be considered a valid voter.

However, during the course of hearing, the respondent failed to provide any documentary evidence that would render him qualified to participate in the FPCCI elections for the year 2020-2021. Hence, he was liable to be disqualified as a voter for the year 2020-2021.

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