Lahore: Pakistan Muslim League senior central leader and Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi has said that slogan of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif is that they have taken revenge from Punjab and now will take revenge from Pakistan and this is their manifesto also. He said this while addressing inauguration ceremony of Gujranwala Export Processing Zone today.
The function was attended by the office-bearers of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, prominent industrialists, traders as well as the parliamentarians in large number. Ch Parvez Elahi said that Sharif Brothers are trying to hide their zero performance during their three previous tenures including last five years under the cover of new manifesto, when Nawaz Sharif had returned from Jeddah he had given the manifesto of bringing back the prices at 1997 level, where that manifesto has gone and why they have not brought back the prices at the promised level, we had told them leave aside their tenure bring back prices of even our tenure.
Continuing, Ch Parvez Elahi said that N-League had stopped the wheel of progress and progress of our tenure but we will start it again from where we had left, they should manifesto afterwards the nation ask them to first account for the last five years, N-League has also done nothing for 67 per cent population living in villages what to talk about Lahore and other cities. Ch Parvez Elahi further said that foreign investors trust EPZA because of our measures, we have always given preference to national interest and made efforts for strengthening of national institutions without any discrimination, ” on the historic occasion of today I congratulate Chairman Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) Saadat S. Cheema and Board that through our efforts 350 million dollars foreign exchange is being earned annually which will reach the level of one billion dollars by the end of current financial year for which I want to express gratitude to the foreign investors “.
He said that on his direction, the EPZA has established its Liaison Offices in many cities including Quetta more than the given target. He directed Chairman EPZA that all possible facilities should be provided to women for working in industry and its related other fields. Former Punjab Chief Minister further said that In order to provide maximum opportunities for employment to the people during his tenure that industrial development in Punjab should be ensured and investors provided all necessary facilities alongside safe investment and in this regard he had paid full attention to establish state of the art industrial zones, set up Sunder Industrial Estate, Faisalabad Value Addition City and Garments City, other estates were upgraded, now these saplings of our tenure have now become grown up trees and people of Punjab are benefitting from these.
Ch Parvez Elahi said that volume of halal market in the world is about 1. 3 billion dollars in which Pakistan’s share is almost nothing, Chairman EPZA and his team should pay special attention to establish halal zones for ensuring Pakistan’s share in this market. He said that on his special instructions implementation of project to generate electricity by acquiring dung from Gowala Colony adjacent to EPZA in order to reduce reliance on KESC has started.
Ch Parvez Elahi said that Sharif Brothers had scrapped our projects like Mubarak Centre and underground train in Punjab and thus stopped foreign investment of billions of dollars whereas not a single penny of Punjab Govt was being spent on these projects. On this occasion, Chairman EPZA Saadat S. Cheema also spoke while those seated on the stage included Muhammad Basharat Raja, Imtiaz Ranjha, Zahid Iqbal Chaudhry, Ch Zaheeruddin, Shaikh Abdul Rauf, Khwaja Asim Khurshid, Aamer Saleemi, Major Babar Nawaz, Khwaja Ammir Hassan and Zafar Bakhtarvi among others.