LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that his government would take into account every option to ensure continuous supply of gas to the textile industry, which he termed backbone of the national economy and a major means to increase exports.
While talking to a delegation of the industrialists here Monday, the Chief Minister said the PPP rulers ignored textile sector which caused irreparable loss to this industry. The CM said that due to timely and effective steps of present government, textile sector is improving. He also informed that Punjab government is setting up a Garments City over 13,000 acres of land near Kala Shah Kaku Motorway for the benefit of industrialists and said all options would be considered for supplying gas to textile industry during winter.
Besides others Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MNA Pervaiz Malik, Provincial Industry Minister Muhammad Shafiq, office-bearers of APTMA Ahsan Tanvir, Gohar Ijaz, Shahzad Ali Khan, Syed Ali Ahsan as well as office-bearers of Pakistan Textile Exporters Association and Pakistan Textile Processing Industry were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that national economy can be strengthened and new job opportunities created by promoting industry and with this aim in view, the PML-N government is pursuing a solid strategy for promoting trade, economic and industrial activities.
He said that government is fully aware of the problems confronting the industrialists and would resolve them on priority basis. He said that the wheel of industry cannot be kept moving without energy. Shahbaz Sharif said that PML-N government is working round the clock to defeat the energy crisis. He also expressed strong hope that the country would make tremendous progress in textile sector after it gets the status of GSP Plus.
Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that practicable proposals of industrialists with regard to supply of gas to textile industry would be considered.