Governor Sindh Imran Ismail has said that Pakistan is blessed with all the rich mineral resources and to get benefit from it and start new projects, Federal government would give full support to the Sindh government. He informed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is soon going to present first 100 days report and would comprehensively take nation in confidence regarding his government’s plan for the future ahead. Governor Sindh was addressing on Tuesday to the business community at the Korangi Association of Trade Industry.
On this occasion, Patron-in-Chief KATI S.M Muneer, President KATI Danish Khan, Senior Vice President KATI Faraz-ur-Rehman, Chairman & CEO KITE Zubair Chhaya, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan and FPCCI Vice President Zahid Saeed also spoke during the meeting. Vice President KATI Maheen Salman, renowned businessman Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, Gulzar Firoz, Zain Bashir, Masood Naqi, Johar Ali Qandhari, Hanif Gohar, Farhan ur Rehman, DC Korangi Ms. Quratulain and others were also present.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail viewed that according to the World Bank Report there has not been a single percent increase in exports of Pakistan during the last five years. However, our imports have jumped to staggering increase of 7 percent during the same period. He lamented that we could have still lived without the import of those luxurious items. Governor Sindh highlighted that there are lot of expectations of the people from the PTI government as we have been advocating for change during our 22 years of struggle. He mentioned that we owe gratitude to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for the restoration of circular railway in Karachi. He also underscored the importance of working with Karachi Water Board and the need to correct water supply system. He briefed that in the past, water was used without any care as a resource which had no cost and we are now working on it as a humanitarian issue. Governor Sindh Imran Ismail assured that he will talk to SSGC with regard to issue of gas supply.
Moreover, Governor Sindh shared that his father Abdullah Ismail started from KATI as one of the founding fathers of the Korangi Association. He said that it has only been 3 months of the new government and PTI would want support from all. Governor Sindh Imran Ismail also briefed that government is focused in addressing all the issues with regard to export. Governor Sindh expressed that Pakistan is at a critical junction and if we don’t support our country now, then nothing will remain, neither the industry nor our home, therefore we all need to work very hard for the progress of Pakistan. He shared that sacrifices have been started from the government side as well, if there has been a saving worth Rs.14 crore of Prime Minister’s House, there may not be a significant impact on the funds of the country, but with little drops of water we can make an ocean. Governor Sindh mentioned in his speech that we need to stop those who are involved in tax theft. Speaking about the Karachi package, he recalled that Prime Minister Imran Khan has already announced Karachi package of 5 projects including Desalination Plant, Northern Bypass, Water Treatment Plant, Green Line Project and Circular Railway. He also mentioned that he had discussions with the Chief Minister Sindh on K4 project and the Federal Government would give full support to the Sindh Government. However, he pointed out that there are some technical issues and after resolving the same we would make every effort to complete this project.
On the occasion, S.M Muneer viewed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is taking keen interest to increase our exports. Sadly, in Faisalabad, 80 percent of the industries are closed and it is high time that practical actions are taken to reopen these industries and to enhance exports it is the need of the hour to immediately pay back the refunds of the exporters.
President KATI Danish Khan, in his address said that including China, all the countries Prime Minister Imran Khan has visited so far, he has talked about increasing exports. He emphasized that Agro Industry should especially be focused as China is the largest import of agro based products and after completion of CPEC, China could massively import fruits and vegetables from Pakistan. President KATI urged to work diligently for the progress of Pakistan and Prime Minister should give a 10 year plan that how we could increase our exports to $40 Billion and could get rid of loans forever. He also highlighted the need for immediate Karachi Package announcement.
Zubair Chhaya, suggested that there must be separate bodies for trade sector. He lamented that Industrial Park has been engulfed by politics and even electricity is not provided there. He urged that this 250 acre park needs attention for making it fully operational so that it can boost national economy.
Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, mentioned that he has always heard Prime Minister Imran Khan talking about elimination of corruption and this is the reality that if corruption can be fully rooted out from the country then there is no reason why Pakistan could not prosper. He said that only Imran Khan can take actions against corruption and this is the time for it.
Zahid Saeed was of the view that unless resolving issues of the industries in the city, issues of Karachi could not be solved. He shared that previously in the Industrial Park, there were 65 members from the private sector, but today all 65 members are political and this is the reason of downfall of the Industrial Park.
Photo Caption: Patron-in-Chief KATI SM Muneer and President Danish Khan presenting KATI’s Shield to Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail. At the occasion AK Dhedhi Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Zubair Chhaya, Gulzar Firoz, Farhan-ur-Rehman, Faraz-ur-Rehman and Maheen Salman are also present.