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August 26, 2013

Sarwar for good neighbourly ties between Pakistan, India

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August 26, 2013

FAISALABAD: Good neighbourly ties are beneficial not only for Pakistan but also for India, said Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar.
Addressing the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here on Sunday, he said that the leadership of the two countries should realise this and resolve their issues through negotiation.
He said that the bill to grant GSP plus status to textile exports from Pakistan would be tabled in the European Parliament in the first week of January, 2014. “I will personally make efforts to get it passed”, the governor added. He said that GSP plus bill was under discussion and he had already met the ambassadors of Germany and Belgium in this regard. He said: “I am also in contact with various political parties of the UK for approval of the bill”. He said that GSP plus status would create at least one million jobs in Pakistan, besides giving a quantum jump to its exports to the EU countries. He said that eight Pakistani members of the UK parliament were also on board and supporting the GSP plus status for Pakistan. Ch Sarwar said that he would visit the UK and other European countries to get support for the bill.
He said that textile was the major industry that was earning precious foreign exchange for the country but it was facing complicated and ticklish issues due to domestic and international crises. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fully aware of the energy crisis and was making efforts to resolve it. He said that dams were imperative to store water and generate cheap electricity in addition to saving the people from rain and flood havocs. He said: “Water will be the emerging crisis for Pakistan and we must formulate a comprehensive strategy to tackle the issue.” He said that education was prerequisite to resolve problems but it was discouraging that seven million children were still out of school and those, who had been enrolled, were deprived of clean drinking water. He said that he would launch a

drive in collaboration with the international business community, NGOs and philanthropists to provide potable water to students. He pinpointed the dilemma of absence of teachers from schools and said that he would ask the Education Department to carve out a strategy to ensure 100 per cent presence of teachers. He said that goods trains were at least 50 per cent cheaper and they played a major role in saving roads and other infrastructures from wear and tear. He said that the railways minister was fully concentrating on the issue.
Regarding up-gradation of the Faisalabad Airport, he asked local MNAs to work on it as the people had voted them to power and they were justified in pinning hopes on them. He assured that he would also support them and ready to go to any one for materialisation of the project.
FCCI president Mian Zahid Aslam said that the energy crisis had inflicted colossal loss to the economy. Various industries were operating on 30 per cent of their installed capacity, he said, adding that the business community had rendered unprecedented sacrifices but any additional burden would be an economic collapse.
He demanded increase in sanctioned electricity quota for Faisalabad and commissioning of abandoned 350MW steam power gas station. He also demanded shifting of Gattwala toll plaza to the outskirts of Khurrianwala, establishment of the Lahore High Court bench, expo centre, up-gradation of Civil Hospital to Medical College, construction of new shortcut road from Faisalabad to Lahore and representation of the FCCI in all governing bodies and syndicates of government degree awarding institutions.
Meanwhile, addressing a ceremony arranged by Akhuwat under the CM’s Self-Employment Scheme at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, the governor called for promoting the brotherhood among the society. He said that the people were being killed in the country by terrorists in the name of Islam. He said that collaborated efforts were needed to steer the county out of crises.
About corruption, he said that stern action should be taken against the culprits, who looted the country, and the looted money should be recovered from them. University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Akhuwat Steering Committee Chairman Pervez Khalid, Dr Amjad Saqib and Moazzam Bin Zahoor also spoke on the occasion.