Islamabad: A delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by its President Zafar Bakhtawari and accompanied by Munawar Mughal former President ICCI & Baber Chaudhry called on Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar at Lahore and congratulated him on taking oath as the 35th Governor of the Punjab. The delegation also participated in his oath taking ceremony.
Exchanging views with ICCI delegation, Ch. Muhammad Sarwar said that he has come with a mission to serve Pakistan and would play a positive role for creation of a business friendly environment so that more investment could come to Pakistan and trade & industry could flourish smoothly.
He expressed his pledge to work for the alleviation of poverty, welfare of the masses and provision of health and education as he had done back in the UK as a Member of the British Parliament from 19972010, taking pride in the fact that he was the first Pakistani Muslim who took oath on the Holy Quran in the 1000 years old history of the British Parliament.
The Governor Punjab said education emergency in the province was the need of the hour to eradicate poverty and expressed his resolve to send one million children to school in order to overcome poverty. He said he would make use of his international connections to spread education in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, Zafar Bakhtawari, President, ICCI said that Ch. Sarwar is a self-made successful businessman as well as an experienced professional who has worked in a developed democracy and hoped that he would act as a bridge to promote public-private partnership to improve the economy.
He said Ch Sarwar has good relations in UK and European countries and hoped that his appointment as Governor Punjab would not only improve Pakistan’s relations with these countries, it would also greatly help in promoting Pakistan’s trade and economic relations with European countries.
He lauded the government’s decision of appointing Ch. Sarwar as Governor and added that many Overseas Pakistanis have gained valuable professional knowledge and experience by working in advanced economies and government should bring them back by giving them prestigious slots so that they could contribute for the economic development of Pakistan. He said appointment of Ch. Muhammad Sarwar as Governor is the first step in that direction.