A joint working group to expedite and new avenues of economic development

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI: The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Governor of Sistan Baluchistan of Iran Mr. Ali Osat Hashemi agreed to form a joint working group to expedite and identify the other new avenues of mutual understandings and to promote trade and commerce activities between both the provinces. This was decided in the meeting of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah with the Governor of Sistan and Baluchistan Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Ali Osat Hashemi, who called on him along with Syed Mehdi Nabizadeh the Director General for West Asia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iran and Consul General of Islamic Republic of Iran at Karachi Mr. Mehdi Subhani today at CM House.
The Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Sikandar Mandhro and Special Assiaatant to CM Sindh Waqar Mehdi were also present on this occasion. Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Pakistan and specially Sindh and people of Sindh have close historical, cultural and bilateral relations with Iran and its people. The Chief Minister recalled that historically Persian had been spoken in Sindh since the Argoon, Turkhan period and even it had got the status of official language during the rule of Kalhoras.
He said that Iran has been proven as close and confident friend of Pakistan and province of Sindh and had helped us in difficult time specially during the emergency of floods in 2010-11. He said that still Iran is building three major hospitals each at Garhi Khuda Bux district Larkana, District Khairpur and District Badin to facilitate the people of Sindh. He said that ex-President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari was taking keen interest to promote bilateral relations with Iran and had inked the Pak-Iran Gas pipeline project. He said that at present we are enjoying good working relationship with federal government and trying to pursue it to carry on this most important project to meet out energy crisis with success. He said that Sindh province is blessed with natural resources which include reserves of oil, gas, coal, wind corridor, mines, and agriculture and it has good potential to invest and exploit these resources.
He said that at present we here in Sindh province were experiencing energy crises and without energy no country can progress. The Chief Minister Sindh informed the visiting Governor that Sindh Government has already signed a MoU with an Iranian firm, under which it was supposed to invest in wind corridor to produce the energy, besides Sindh being an Agro province can export its Agro-products to Iran.
The Chief Minister Sindh informed the Governor Sistan & Balochistan of Iran that after 18th amendment in the Constitution, his government can enter into negotiations and even ink the agreement with any country or its province. He invited the industrialists, investors, traders and organizations such as chamber of commerce and industries of Iran to come here to invest and promote the trade relation between both countries. The Governor Sistan and Baluchistan Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Ali Osat Hashemi while talking on the occasion lauded the services of ex-President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari for promotion of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran, launching Pakistan Gas Pipeline project. He said that Iran can help Sindh in meeting with the energy crises not only by producing energy but also by refining the electric system. Expressing his interest for promotion of bilateral business, the Governor Sistan and Baluchistan proposed for holding trade exhibitions, exchange of business delegations and enhancing communication facilities between both provinces to ascertain the business capacity of each other.
He also expressed his interest for promoting tourism and extending more facilities to tourists. The Governor Sistan said that we the Iranian people are anxiously waiting for the visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan and expressed that he was optimistic that his visit will have positive impact on bilateral relations between both brother countries.