KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday that the culture of strikes in Karachi should be discouraged as it adversely affects the industrial sector and commerce, said a report published on Radio Pakistan.
He was addressing a function of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in Karachi this afternoon.
Nawaz said the government would consider the proposal to waive off duties on import of new plants and machinery, adding that the duties can be recovered when the plant becomes operational.
He announced that a Business Council would be formed to discuss problems and issues relating to industry and commerce, adding that it will meet regularly under his chairmanship, and hopefully become instrumental in boosting growth and exports.
The premier said work is about to begin on the Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway, which would later be extended to Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Peshawar.
He also said his government is making efforts to connect Pakistan with Central Asian States.
Nawaz also said construction of Gwadar-Quetta-Chaman and Kandhar route would open Balochistan to development.
He further said that massive investment of 46 billion dollars would be made by China under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He said two power plants of 330 MW each are to be established in Thar which would use Thar coal.
He said the ultimate objective of his government is to eliminate load-shedding and bring down electricity prices.
PM Nawaz said the government is also addressing issues of security in Karachi, Balochistan and overall in the country.