Karachi, Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said on Monday that discontinuity and disturbance had always been created in the democracy that consequently took away sense of ownership among people of the country.
In a meeting with businessmen at Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khuhro said once was a time when freedom of expression was stifled while Karachi was the city that always sparked voice against oppression of dictators since the country made independent.
He said dictators always downplayed importance of people by saying they could not elect stable government and in the wake of military coups, the people lost sense of ownership.
Speaker Sindh Assembly said private sector in the country was slow in progress, mainly due to numerous issues including power and gas crisis. He said India was producing 15,000 Mega Watts of electricity using solar energy while Pakistan had not benefitted from this resource. He said, no feasibility report could be prepared in last 12 years on how to generate power through solar, wind or hydel energy.
He said enhancing exports in the country could solve many economic problems.
Earlier, KCCI President Mian Abrar Ahmed said government had not introduced any comprehensive energy security plan for steering country out of power crisis. He said no country progress if it was solely dependent on aid rather than trade.
Abrar said European Union (EU) was doing around 45% trade among its members while in SAARC the stats were dismally poor. He also emphasized the need concentrate on nuclear energy.
He told that KCCI was embarking upon establishing the Karachi Chamber and Commerce University and summary in this regard had been sent to the Chief Minister. He requested the speaker to support them in the initiative.
He urged the speaker to take KCCI leaders on board in the budgetary process so that their proposals could also be incorporated. He said 18 to 19 different kind of provincial taxes were imposed that had also increased corruption in this sector.