KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain has termed the government’s energy policy a step in the right direction and said it would take some time for the situation to improve.
The government had started work on various projects to cope with the energy crisis, which would take some time to complete, he said addressing a dinner hosted in his honour by S M Munir, Chairman Din Group of Industries on Thursday.
Mamnoon Hussain said a very talented, honest and dedicated team was serving the country under the leadership of Prime Minister. Referring to the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi, he said it was a good omen that the business community was happy over the operation.
The President said next week he himself and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would review the steps taken to control law and order, and for establishing peace in Karachi.
The President said the government was aware of the fact that Karachi was an economic hub and peace in the city would improve the economy.
He said there were different types of problems in other parts of the country and the government was paying equal attention to settle all.
President Mamnoon Hussain said the business community should extend help in promoting education in the country. Over 60 per cent of population of Pakistan comprised youths, and those, who had resources, should come forward to help promote education, he added.
He also called for concerted efforts for dispensation of justice. He said peace was imperative for the country’s economic development, and the government was committed to establish lasting peace.
When the present government will complete its constitutional tenure, the overall situation of the country will be much better, he said.
Earlier, in his welcome address, prominent leader of the business community and Chairman Din Group of Industries S.M. Munir felicitated the President and the government on approval of GSP Plus status to Pakistan by the European Union (EU).
He said the GSP Plus status would provide a duty-free access to Pakistani goods to the European markets.
S M Munir appreciated that the government was working to minimise the electricity shortfall and the load-shedding of electricity would decrease in the coming days.
He said the law and order situation in Karachi had improved after launching of the targeted operation.
He also suggested that a fund should be established to help the policemen and the business community could help in this regard.
Later, he presented a copy of his autobiography titled “Born to Lead” to President Mamnoon Hussain.
Among other notables, Governor State Bank of Pakistan Yaseen Anwer, prominent businessmen including Mian Zahid Hussain, Khalid Tawwab, Khawaja Qutubuddin, Zakarya Osman, Gulzar Feroz, Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig and former governor Sindh Moinuddin Haider were also present.