After meeting a delegation of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) at the Bilawal House here on Monday, President Asif Ali Zardari directed the government to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to textile mills from the first week of May.
Zardari said that textiles are an important export of the country, but further research was needed to develop newer varieties of cotton. He proposed a meeting between representatives of the textile ministry, APTMA and the State Bank of Pakistan to discuss crop insurance.
Mohsin Aziz, APTMA chairman, told the president about the problems faced by the sector and about the benefits of an increase in export of textile products.
Federal ministers Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Dr. Asim Hussain, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Syed Naveed Qamar and Rehman Malik were also present.
APTMA former chairman Gohar Ijaz, Punjab zone chairman Ahsan Bashir, central vice chairman Sheikh Mohammad Akbar, Yasin Siddique, Sindh and Balochistan zones chairman, Asif Inam and others also attended the meeting.The president also met with leaders from coalition parties.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2012.
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