Mini Pakistan to be established at Quaid’s mausoleum: Irfan Siddiqui

Karachi, May 09, 2016 (PPI-OT):Advisor to Prime Minister for National History and Literary Heritage, Irfan Siddiqui has informed that the government has decided to establish a ‘Mini Pakistan’ miniature park at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at an estimated cost of Rs1.5 billion which will display replicas of famous sites, rivers, mountains, lakes, and dams across Pakistan.

Talking to KCCI Office Bearers and Managing Committee members during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the Advisor added that the idea of setting up Mini Pakistan has been adopted keeping in view the miniature park titled ‘Mini Europe’ in Belgium, which displays replicas of the best monuments and sites of Europe. President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Naeem Sharif, Former President KCCI AQ Khalil and KCCI Managing Committee members were also present at the meeting.

Irfan Siddiqui said that numerous beautification projects of Quaid’s mausoleum have already been approved by the Prime Minister and work of these projects will start soon whereas some projects were pending due to lack of resources. Seeking contribution from the business community, he urged that the business community of Karachi to come forward and contribute for this cause. “It is very important for all of us to remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors and we must preserve what we have for our future generations. We must keep it in mind that Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah not only changed the history but also the geography of this region”, he added.

Referring to wide criticism and arguments in the media, he said that besides criticism and arguments, the media must also focus on promoting the positive aspects of Pakistan as negativity all the time triggers anxiety, uncertainty and hopelessness amongst the masses, particularly amongst our youth which should not be happening.

Irfan Siddiqui further said, “Karachi is the face of Pakistan which is not just known for its revenue contribution of 60 to 70 percent but this city is our identity, pride and honour.” He recalled that just a couple of days prior to taking oath as Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif summoned an important meeting in which he disclosed some of his top priorities which were to eradicate terrorism, improve law and order situation of Karachi, rectify Balochistan, overcome energy crisis and develop the infrastructure of Pakistan.

Terrorism and lawlessness in Karachi were the foremost priorities of the government as these two things were terribly destroying the industries and other business activities. “Peace, security and stability are the basic elements for business community and the same have been ensured now, thanks to the efforts made under Karachi Operation. Many businessmen and industrialists who fled from this city due to security concerns, are now returning and willing to re-establish their businesses in Karachi which is a testimony of present government’s success”, he added.

He was of the opinion that the country was likely to witness more improvements and prosperity in the days to come while the fruitfulness achieved will not just be limited to some families only but will surely reach out to every individual. Irfan Siddiqui further admitted that the business and industrial community of Karachi has been playing a commendable role in the economic development of Pakistan as despite so many odds, they have remained very resilient by continuing their businesses here and it was also very heartening to note that KCCI has also been effectively responding to numerous incidents and natural calamities suffered by the country.

Referring to concerns expressed by President KCCI, the Advisor assured that all issues highlighted at the meeting will be brought into the notice of Prime Minister and efforts will be made as far as possible to resolve the same in order to create an enabling environment for business and industrial community.

Earlier, while welcoming the Advisor, President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir urged the federal government to pay special attention to Karachi city which was constantly being ignored despite the fact that this city has continued to contribute massively to the national kitty. “It is high time that Karachi must get its due share and the federal government must give special attention to Karachi city deteriorating infrastructure”, he added.

He was of the opinion that the Karachi city, besides infrastructure problems, also faces severe water, electricity and gas crisis. The shortage of these basic inputs has terribly affected the performance of many industrial reasons and this must be one of the key reasons for the depressed performance of Pakistan’s exports, he added.

For more information, contact:
Aamir Hassan
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040