Lahore: Modern trade city

Punjab Minister for Trade and Investment, Mian Mohammad Shafique has said that industrial department of the UNO has lauded the ongoing industrial development in the province and based on the said development, a programme has been launched to enhance production capabilities on modern lines and overcome the problems in this regard.

During a meeting with a delegation of traders in his office on Dec.11th 2007 he said, that a modern trade city is being established in Lahore over an area of six kilometers where every kind of industry would be allowed to set up and local and foreign industries would be able to introduce their products. The project will eliminate poverty and unemployment from the province as 3,000,000 people will be provided training and job opportunity while 70,000 people will get employed at local level, he added.

Souce: The News

6 Comments so far

  1. Dr.Jameel (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 6:35 am

    Yes..and pigs will fly and horses will talk in fluent chinese and chickens will lay golden eggs.

  2. KAMI (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 7:19 pm

    And the doomsayers will continue to try to entangle the whole nation into constitutional nonsense and legal wranglings. They should not be allowed to block the path of those who are trying to build. Pakistan it at a cross road, we are all set to leap ahead and make something out of this country, at the same time we have the option of committing Hara karri. Remember, if we drag this country towards un-certainty and chaos, the capital will take flight, and this time it will not come back.

  3. Aaiz (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

    this country has been at the crossroads since last goddamned 40 years!!!!!!!! how long are ur flipping crossroads?

  4. KAMI (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    Yes, indeed it was a screwed up creation to plrotect the interests of Muslim landed gentry of the sub-continent, the logic of its creation suffered a major blow in 1971 and in the late 90’s it almost ceased to exist as a viable country because it practically had nothing in its pockets. Since then it has come a long way, the change is nothing short of amazing. The cross road that we are at now is not such a bad one, from here we have a clear option of continuing to build and at the same time keep our military and politicians under pressure, but there is no need to cut the branch we are sitting on and jump into another un-known.

  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    Somehow, Kami does have a valid point. People! listen to him :)

  6. KAMI (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

    Thanks Hasan for your kind words.

    What I write is purely out of experience, I am witness to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and saw this nation being encapsulated by bigotry, violence, corruption and betrayal. From a progressive nation to the bastion of fundamentalism I have seen this country transform in front of my eyes. I have seen how the industry and commerce was dealt a blow by Z.A. Bhutto and I have seen how our crop of talented professional took flight. Everyone knows how difficult it is too build and how easy to destroy. Just look at Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE and China, none of them are perfect democracies, in fact some of them are far less tolerant than us viz a viz civil liberties. but they are moving forward and building something.

    The fact is that democracy is not a dress that could be worn; it’s a bye product of human social development particularly in the fields of trade and commerce. Merchant societies dictate rule of law and cherish merit, the change in our society is all too visible, now there is an emerging middle class in Punjab, previously, Karachi was the only true city of middle class in Pakistan. If this trend continues, the power axis will shift from the Land lords and the military, and we will have our democracy. What is important right now is peace and stability because these are the founding stones to build a society, where middle classes thrive and take the country forward.

    The person currently at the top is neither a screwed up dictator as Zia-ul-Haque nor is he incompetent or corrupt as BB or Nawaz. All he is asking is to bear with him, he is not denying you elections, he is not imposing absolute military rule. The fact is the current crop of politicians is fully capable of wrecking the country in two years, before the next elections, so a watch dog is necessary. If the politicians perform they will gain more power and the military will recede further. Also if we continue to privatize, our major corps will automatically break away from the influence of politicians and the military. This can be seen with the privatization of banks, which are now safe and secure from loot and plunder.

    On the other hand, there are among us, very powerful zealots who want to turn this country into a bastion of revolution and export it throughout the world, they don’t have sympathy with the judges or the journalists, for them the current military setup is an obstacle that needs to be removed. That’s the gravest threat to the very fabric of our society, to be thwarted at all cost.

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