GSP Plus has opened vistas of trade with Europe: Sajad Karim

MIRPUR: The speakers have appreciated the efforts of Dr Sajad Karim, Member European Parliament (MEP) and Chairman Friends of Pakistan for attaining the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Plus for Pakistan, which will prove a big booster for industrial sector and economy of Pakistan.
The dinner was hosted by Ali Raza Syed, Chairman Kashmir Council EU and was addressed by Dr Sajad Karim, Ali Raza Syed, Sardar Muhammad Siddiq of Kashmir Council EU, Parvaiz Ahmed Advocate of APHC, Azeem Mushtaq, President Mirpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ch Tariq Farooq MLA of PML-N, Chaudhry Muhammad Siddiq former Mayor, former Health Minister Chaudhry Ashraf, Masood Khalid and PML-N leader Chaudhry Saeed. Former DIG Shah was also present on the stage.
The speakers the GSP Plus status was obtained by Pakistan after team efforts from Sajad Karim, David Martin MEP, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar and many other people have played their role in election in European Parliament. The GSP Plus status for Pakistan will not only boost the exports of the country but also generate thousands of jobs all over country in industrial sector, they added.
They have lauded the efforts of Dr Sajad Karim for Pakistan and Kashmir and Ali Raza Syed for highlighting Kashmir issue internationally.
Addressing the gathering Dr Sajad Karim said he is glad to see such a glorious reception by Mirpurites and they have encouraged him for his efforts in attaining GSP Plus for Pakistan.
Sajad Karim, who was given standing ovation when he arrived at rostrum for addressing the gathering, expressed dismay over speech of Finance Minister in a function of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, where the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has not lauded the efforts of Members of European Parliament for GSP Plus status. “The attitude of Finance Minister has caused embarrassment for me in presence of European Parliamentarians who had played role in this development”, he added.
People are feeling proud to discuss the Kerry-Lugar Bill, which is 1.5 billion dollar aid given by the US to Pakistan, while GSP Plus opened the corridors of trade with European Union which can help Pakistan to earn more than five billion dollar per annum, besides providing jobs to hundreds of thousand of people, Sajjad Karim said.
Sajjad Karim said many people are involved in attaining the GSP Plus for Pakistan, he particularly mentioned the efforts of Chaudhry Sarwar, Governor Punjab.
Sajjad Karim lauded the efforts of Ali Raza Syed and his team saying that they have highlighted Kashmir issue in a befitting manner on international forums. Solution of Kashmir is not only in interest of Kashmiris and Pakistan but it is 9in best interest of India as well and it is in best interest of South Asia to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue, he added.
Addressing the function, Deputy Opposition Leader in AJK Assembly Chaudhry Tariq Farooq said Dr Sajjad Karim and Ali Raz Syed have not only highlighted Kashmir issue in Europe and on international forums but have also highlighted the soft image of Pakistan. “On Emma Nicolson Report we met Sajjad Karim under the leadership of Ali Raza Syed and he has played an important role for removing negative points of the report and making them better for Pakistan”, he added.
Addressing the gathering Ali Raza Syed said Sajad Karim is a harworking MEP, who has done a lot to promote relationship between Britain, European Union and Pakistan and attaining GSP Plus status is his sincere efforts for Pakistan. “We congratulate Dr Sajad Karim for his efforts for Pakistan and especially for awarding the Doctorate Degree from University of Management Technology Lahore, which is best recognition of his efforts fo GSP Plus status.
Dr Sajad Karim during his stay in Mirpur addressed the Press Club,Bar Association and Mirpur University.