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All options be used to improve security for Economic development: Zafar Bakhtawari

Islamabad, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has suffered immense economic loss of over $ 85 billion and sacrificed over 50,000 precious lives for being front line state against war on terror. Therefore, it is high time that the new government should use all available options to improve security situation in the country which is the key for attracting new investment and making sound economic progress.

This was stated by Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry while exchanging views with Col. (Retd) Azam Qadri who visited ICCI to present his book on Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) and introduce the business community about the role of some unsung heroes of Pakistan Army.

ICCI President said Pakistan possesses huge potential achieve better economic development; however, the uncertain security situation was holding back the country from exploiting its economic potential. Therefore, all stakeholders should sit together to find out a workable solution of security challenges that will enable the private sector to invest in Pakistan and put the country on better economic growth trajectory.

Mr. Bakhtawari paid rich tribute to Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (NH), terming him one of the most courageous military officers and symbol of bravery and velour for the new generation. He also lauded the role of Pakistan Army that has made great sacrifices to defend the country. He said business community would always extend its full cooperation to our armed forces to make Pakistan’s defense further stronger.

ICCI President appreciated the effort of Col. (Retd) Azam Qadri for writing a valuable book on Maj. Shabbir Sharif (NH) and said that there is a need to write more such books to inform the nation about the great contribution of our soldiers who laid their lives for defending their country. He said such books should also be made part of school and college syllabus to keep such heroes alive in the memory of our youth.

Speaking on the occasion, Col. (Retd) Azam Qadri said that he was writing 5-6 more books to highlight the role of Pakistan Army’s soldiers who rendered invaluable services and even scarified their lives for their motherland.

The book “What more can a solider desire” is a candid account of Major Shabir’s acts of valour and bravery he displayed throughout his military career and during the two Pakistan-India wars of 1965 and 1971.

Major Shabir embraced martyrdom on December 6, 1971 while firing and engaging the Indian tanks in the Sulemanki Sector.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950

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