Zardari worried over businesses going abroad again reaches out to businessmen

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Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistani businessmen are going out of the country with their capital.

Asif Ali Zardari, Minister for Industry and Production Syed Murtaza Mahmood, and Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue Saleem Mandviwalla spoke to members of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), the third meeting of the PPP leadership with businessmen in less than a month.

Addressing a press conference along with leader APTMA Gohar Ejaz, Zardari claimed that Pakistani businessmen can get 1,000 percent profit on investment in their country, which is not even available in Dubai.

Asif Ali Zardari suggested that the business community should sign a charter of the economy with every political party to bring Pakistan out of the financial crisis and strengthen the economy.

It may be recalled that just two weeks ago, Asif Zardari had reiterated the demand for a chartered economy during a meeting with the members of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

However, this time he urged the traders to support whichever political party they want, but every political party must sign the charter of the economy.

Asif Zardari reminded me that I had also told the cricketer (Chairman PTI) that I was ready for the economy but he did not understand the country’s real problems.

Asif Zardari promised textile millers that the textile industry would be provided a level playing field.

He also expressed the desire that traders should accept textile and finance portfolios in the cabinet, I want to see these ministries headed by a technical expert.

He said that he is aware of the problems of the business community, if they are resolved, they will be able to pay taxes to the government, and my dream of exports of $ 100 billion will be fulfilled with the help of the textile industry.

Referring to the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the former president said the development would help the region and facilitate Pakistan to get cheaper LPG from Iran.

He said that if the PPP comes to power, it will ensure the completion of the Pak-Iran gas pipeline and support the border trade, I will bring gas from Iran for Pakistan’s textile industry so that its import cost can be reduced.

Asif Zardari said that when I was the President of Pakistan, I had emphasized trade and not aid during the talks with the European Union.

Explaining the benefits of Bangladesh’s GSP plus status, Asif Zardari said that 70 percent of Indian textile products have the tag of ‘Made in Bangladesh’ and are sent to Europe for sale.

He also suggested provision of quality crop seeds to boost the agricultural sector and help strengthen the agricultural economy.