Posted by: Rehan Today | January 19, 2010

President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari visited Manchester of Pakistan

FAISALABAD, Jan 18: President Asif Ali Zardari said that prosperity would come to Pakistan within three years and the government would cut petrol and electricity prices and provide jobs to the masses.
President was addressing a gathering at the National Textile University here on Monday. He spoke in Punjabi language.
President Zardari recalled the sacrifices rendered by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto and said: “The PPP government is trying to fulfill the Bhuttos’ mission of providing ‘Roti, Kapra aur Makan’ to the masses.”
“We will continue to follow the mission of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. We would continue our mission to work for the prosperity of the people in the country”, he said while addressing massive gathering here Monday in National Textile University.
He promised to provide basic amenities like electricity, gas, water and said farmers would be assured handsome rates for their crops. The government would soon reduce prices of electricity and petrol.
The government, he said, would also provide jobs to unemployed people.
He said the Faisalabad district would be the first to benefit from new power projects.
Accusing unnamed elements of hatching conspiracies, he said the conspirators did not want to see a popular president in the Aiwan-i-Sadr. Like before, he said, such forces would be defeated.
Earlier, the president had to travel to Faisalabad by road because of flight disruption caused by fog.
He inaugurated the academic and administrative blocks of the textile university and the 500-KV Muzaffargarh-Gatti transmission line. The president also announced a donation of Rs100 million for the university.
Delegations of local industrialists, most of them belonging to the textile sector and the People’s Lawyers Forum also called on Mr Zardari.
Industrialists told the president that foreign investors were reluctant to visit Pakistan because of the threat of terrorism, adding that the power crisis was also creating problems for the sector.
Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Textiles Minister Farooq Saeed also attended the meetings.
Farhatullah Babar, the president’s spokesperson, said Mr Zardari told lawyers and youths that the government had decided to upgrade existing power stations, besides using rental power plants to meet the rising demand for electricity.
He said the president also mentioned $125 million from the US for upgrading the Tarbela hydroelectric power station.
Mr Zardari said bad weather had not deterred him from coming to the city, adding that he had traveled by road.
He recalled that when he was in jail, he had turned down all ‘incentives’ and suffered incarceration for a long time.
President Zardari further elaborated that Benazir Bhutto has realized that she would be martyred on arrival in Pakistan, yet she came back for the masses and laid her life for principals and for the cause of democracy in the country.
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