Heads of Pakistan’s leading business houses have complained to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa of the government’s tepid response to the debilitating situation facing the drivers of the economy, The News reported.

According to reports, the complaints came as businessmen on Wednesday night called on the COAS to convey their serious concerns about the country’s stagnating economy.

Their main gripe was that the government does not go beyond verbal assurances and that its words do not match its action.


The delegates did not keep their anger and frustration at the government’s attitude towards the economy from the COAS and conveyed to him that their business units were being shut down, leaving countless labourers unemployed.

They also requested the army chief to do something, adding that if nothing was done on an emergency basis, the situation would deteriorate further.


The report quoted sources as claiming that the army chief heard the grievances expressed by the 16 to 20-member delegation and assured it of his help, adding that he would try to do something for the resolution of their problems.

As the meeting continued, Gen Bajwa floated the idea to form an internal committee comprising military officers to address the complaints of the country’s business community so that they could be resolved as soon as possible.

He also advised the business tycoons that they should cooperate with the government and not side with anti-government forces.