You are currently viewing Foreign firms will have to hire Pak. laborers!

Foreign firms will have to hire Pak. laborers!

BAHAWALPUR: Punjab Minister for Information, Fayaz-Ul-Hassan Chohan Saturday said that foreign companies investing in Pakistan would have to hire Pakistani labor instead of bringing manpower from their own country, adding that legislation would be made in this regard soon.
He was addressing a news conference here, after attending a meeting of Punjab cabinet that was held at Islamia University Bahawalpur premises to review the issue of demarcation of proposed Southern Punjab province and other issues.
He said that huge investment was being made in Pakistan by Chinese and other foreign companies. “Huge investment is being made in Pakistan under China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) project,” he said, adding that several foreign firms had also been heading towards Pakistan to invest in different sectors. He, however, said the government wanted all these foreign companies to hire and avail local labor of Pakistan instead of bringing it from their own countries. “Legislation will be made soon to make the foreign companies bound to hire local Pakistan laborers for their projects in Pakistan,” he said.
He said that the Punjab Power Development Board Act bill also be presented in the Punjab Assembly. He said the government was going to take measures to introduce modern technology on water in the province. He said that data on water would be collected from all areas of Punjab to make water policy. “We are going to form Punjab Water Policy to resolve issues pertaining to water,” he said. Regarding lifting the ban on jobs, he said that jobs would be given to unemployed youth including disabled persons.
“Quota of disabled persons in government jobs would remain and disabled persons would also be given jobs in government departments,” he said.  He said that the government would form a uniform policy regarding vehicles in government departments. “Government vehicles will be given to the officials in accordance with their designation,” he said. He said that incumbent Punjab government took steps for the welfare of people of the province within the last four years which could not be taken by previous governments even during the last 100 years.
He said that the former chief minister of Punjab was a ‘drama man’ who used to throw mike in press conferences.  He said that the PTI-led government took actions against all mafias including Zardari mafia. He said that former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif will listen to songs from Dilshad Begam on phone in prison. “Nawaz and Zardari will have to live in jail as they have no role in future politics,” he said. He said that 172 names were placed in the Exit Control List (ECL) as measures to take action against money laundering and corruption. “No one will be given NRO as no deal will be made,” he said.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.