KARACHI: Federal Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan said on Wednesday that government was serious and fully focused to solve economic issues of the country and by the end of current year the gas shortage in the country would be overcome.
This he said while speaking to traders and industrials during his visit of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) office. He said that government had find out a right path with a right intention for national economic growth and stability.
The commerce minister said that trade with neighbouring counties including India and Iran was the priority of the government as without regional trade rapid economic growth was not possible. “Yes, we have political issues with some neighbouring countries but they should not be become hurdles in way of bilateral trade,” he added.
He said that government was shifting electricity generation from the furnace oil to coal as the former was not sustainable. He said coal-based electricity was a big challenge but the government was fully determined to achieve this goal. He said by importing LNG, the gas shortage problem will be solved by the end of this year.
He urged business community to stop complaining about shortcomings of Pakistan as problems are everywhere in the world even in the developed countries but people of these countries always seemed optimistic. “The problems we face are not the main hurdles in our economic growth, we just need to work hard,” he added.
He said that the government was fully aware about the importance of peace for economic activities and is serious regarding targeted operation in Karachi. He said the mess of years could not be cleaned within a few months. He added that the operation would continue till getting complete peace in the city.