LAHORE - Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said on Thursday he would ask Punjab government to take steps to conduct local government elections in a transparent manner.
Interacting with newsmen after addressing convocation of Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design at Lahore Expo Centre here, the governor stressed that reservations voiced by the opposition about the electoral process be taken care of. Sarwar was of the view that the government must be bold about transparent and fair polls. He added he would also ask the Punjab government to make arrangements for conduct of free and fair elections.
Earlier in his address at the convocation, the governor said the award of GSP plus status to Pakistan by the European Union was a result of teamwork and far-sightedness of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
He termed the GSP plus status a milestone towards economic development and prosperity. This had indeed reposed international markets’ confidence in Pakistani products, he added. Sarwar said the award of GSP plus status was a step forward and a boost to Pakistani exports and economy. He said the government was taking steps for promotion of the fashion and textile industry and its education.
He said the Ministry of Commerce was also working hard for promotion of the sector. Speaking on the occasion, State Minister for Commerce and Textile Khurram Dastgir Khan said that textile had 65 per cent share in the exports of the country and after the award of GSP plus status its importance had increased, and that’s why “we are starting textile designing programme”.
He said, “We are starting new programmes of fashion marketing, jewellery designing, footwear and leather designing.”
Later, the governor gave away gold medals to Sara Azam Khan, Saira Fatima Sadozai, Anka Naeem and Nimra Muzammal. Higher Education Commission’s Acting Chairman Imtiaz Ali Gilani and renowned architect Nayyar Ali Dada also attended the convocation.