Mashood urged British investors to invest in Pakistan

LONDON: Rana Mashood Ahmed, Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs has urged the British investors to invest their money in development projects in Pakistan and forget the wounds incurred on them by land or other mafias.

“Now you can get full protection from the government”, Rana Mashood said while addressing a reception hosted by UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The reception was addressed by Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Pakistan High Commissioner and Abdul Majeed Shaheen President Chamber.

Rana Mashood admitted in past British Pakistanis have received various wounds at the hands of land mafia in past and the money they invested in Pakistan was totally lost. “Now this will not happen as government will provide complete protection. One window operation will be started for investors and they would have no problem”, he maintained.

He told the audience he has made it clear in meetings with British officials that some rulers and few people have caused huge dent to Pakistan’s image. “Pakistani nation is neither corrupt nor beggars, Pakistan is full of natural and human resources”, he added.

Talking on law and order situation prevailing in Pakistan, he said terrorists need no mercy or leniency and people who are killing innocent people should be replied in the same language.

Rana Mashood said in Britain Common International Education Forum Punjab and Educational Development were kept on number one position. During Youth Festival last year 26 world records were made by youth and this year they will made more than 50 world records, he announced.

He said a special attention is being paid to youth development which will start giving dividends.

He said present government has started projects of hydel and solar power generation to meet the energy crisis. In past corruption in previous governments has taken country to the worst stage and due to this practice Rs 400 billion is being paid 21 state enterprises to keep them alive.

He said in 1988 Pakistan was making an agreement with India to supply electricity to India and today this country is facing worst type of load-shedding.

He thanked PML-N Britain’s Vice President Malik Riaz and Farooq Butt who have cooperated with him during this visit.

Speaking on the occasion Wajid Shamsul Hassan said Punjab has made efforts in educational development.

He said DFID is paying Pakistan and educational aid of 650 million pound and it is an opportunity for Punjab to avail this opportunity/

Abdul Majeed Shaheen, President UK-Pakistan Chamber said UK-Pakistan Chamber will make all out efforts to increase the investment in Pakistan, The GSP Plus status obtained by Pakistan has opened the vistas for Pakistan to enter in European Market and it is high time to avail this opportunity, he added.

Dr Ghulam Murtaza, Secretary General of Chamber conducted the function, which was started by recitation from Holy Quran by the Chairman UKPCCI Chaudhry Muhammad Siddiq.

Mayor of Walthumstow Councilor Nadeem Ali, Chairman British Muslim Friends of Labour Ch Shaukat Ali, Former Mayor Cllr. Liaqat Ali, VP UKPCCI Nazer Lodhi, Mushtaq Lashari, Ayub Aulia, Ahmed Shahzad, the commercial and press counsellors from High Commission, Shaukat Nawaz, Councilor Afzal Akram, Natasha Khan, Pam Puri and others attended the event.

Earlier Punjab Provincial Minister Rana Mashood addressed an event arranged by Forum for International Relations Development at Shezan London. President Pakistan Press Club UK Fayyaz Ghafoor presided the event while General Secretary Azher Jawed conducted it. Besides the Chief guest Rana Mashood, Chairman FIRD Toaha Qureshi, M Sarwar, Mobeen Chaudhry, Shaukat Dar, Malik Riaz, Naseem Siddiqui, Meer Ikram Shah and others expressed their views. Rana Mashood told he has been visiting UK to attend World Education Forum where more than 200 representatives from different countries are participating. He told that the initiatives taken by the Punjab Government in Education has bee widely appreciated and discussed as role model among delegates from developing countries.

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