Pakistan Observer

New airport for Faisalabad

Monday, July 11, 2011 - Faisalabad—Member National Assembly Tariq Mehmood Bajwa said Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has announced a new airport for the city and various development projects which will be started soon. In a statement issued here, Bajwa said that he met Prime Minister in Islamabad on other day and informed him about problems being faced by the masses. He said the Prime Minister assured him that a big development package was being prepared for Faisalabad. Under the package, a new airport would be established besides initiating free distribution of five-marla plots under the PM Housing Scheme, MNA Tariq Bajwa said, and added construction of Chiniot and Okara Roads were also included in the development package. Tariq Bajwa also congratulated the Prime Minister on PPP success in AJK elections and said the PPP not only in past but also at present is a big popular political party. Energy crisis leaves Pakistan textiles in tatters:Spinning yarn into cloth used to be a path to fortune in Pakistan, but a story of decline encapsulates how far a crippling energy crisis and rocketing inflation are suffocating the economy. Power cuts sometimes lasting more than 12 hours a day have forced factory owners in the country’s cloth capital Faisalabad to switch off the lights and sell their looms for scrap, leaving tens of thousands of workers jobless. The country is the world’s fourth-largest producer of cloth and the industry accounts for 60 per cent of export revenue according to official data. But the shortages are heaping pressure on Pakistan’s crippled and debt-ridden economy. Malik Ammanullah Mani, 31, used to be a leading light on the party circuit. As manager of his family’s textile factory, he belonged to a small, rich cabal that regularly graced private members’ clubs and dined at five-star hotels. But in the three years since Pakistan returned to elected rule, the energy crisis has steadily worsened amid poor investment and rampant theft from the grid, causing daily cuts and a sharp rise in the cost of power.—APP
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