Faisal Khawer Butt Sialkot
The Federal Minister for Defense Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday has said that setting up of ICON, innovation center of NUST, in Sialkot would not only help in bridging the existing gap between the academia and industry but would certainly open new avenues of progress in the vide ranged industrial sector.
He said this while addressing the local business community at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, after inaugurating the office of ICON, a project of the NUST, the National University of Science and Technology, in the premises of SCCI.
The Federal Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif further said that ICON was a research base institution initiated by one of the leading universities of Pakistan and it effectively would assist the industrialists cum exporters of Sialkot through its innovations to add more value to various of the products manufactured by them and to minimize many of the problems faced by them.
The federal minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that the federal governments of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, PML-N, had always extended huge support for the encouragement and promotion of the interprises under the private sector.
While mentioning two of the mega projects recently launched by the business community of Sialkot, the Sialkot International Airport and Air Sial, federal minister Kh Muhammad Asif said taht such projects must always be supported by all the governments and be put above all political likings or dislikings.
He stated that recently the Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had asked all the stake-holders to set aside all the differences and get united to achieve a ‘charted of economy’ in order to restore the economy and ensure its steady progress. The federal minister Kh Muhammad Asif, while commenting recent havoc played by the floods all across Pakistan, said that apart from taking lives of more than a thousand people in Pakistan the floods had badly affected over 30 million by destroying their houses, fields and crops and killing their thousands of cattle.