Chaudhry Sarwar appointed Governor of Punjab

I can be a bridge between overseas Pakistanis and Pakistanis here, says Sarwar.

Reuters/web Desk July 31, 2013
Chaudhry Sarwar. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday appointed Chaudhry Sarwar as the new Governor of Punjab, Express News reported.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday had sent a summary to the President recommending Sarwar for the post.

Sarwar is a British citizen who reportedly arrived from the United Kingdom and met Nawaz Sharif on the offers of two alternative posts, High Commissioner to UK or Governor of Punjab.

"Everything that I have learnt in my time in Britain - the knowledge and how to run institutions - I can use it for the benefit of Pakistanis," said Sarwar, 60, who was born in Punjab.

"I can be a bridge between overseas Pakistanis and Pakistanis here and work for the betterment of both."

Punjab is home to half of Pakistan's 180 million people and
is the country's wealthiest province, thanks to its fertile
fields and industry in the booming city of Lahore, home to an
ancient Mughal fort.

Having served as Labour Party Member of Parliament in Glasgow for 13 years, Sarwar comes with the experience of legislation besides having been a successful businessman.

Britain has promised to give Pakistan 446 million pounds
($680.57 million) next year in aid. The biggest chunk will pay
fees for poor students and improve schools in Punjab.