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INDEPENDENCE DAY


Pakistanis, as a newly born nation, celebrated the first Independence Day on August 14, 1947 with tears of gratitude in their eyes and hearts filled with joy and happiness. Regardless of the price they paid to make the struggle for Pakistan a success, they were happy to have a separate homeland.
Today while celebrating the 53rd Independence Day the eyes are still wet due to sorrow and grief over their shattered dreams.
People don't feel guilty over fragmentation of the society on provincial, ethnic and sectarian grounds.

 


HEPATITIS B

The failure of the government to allocate funds for Hepatitis B vaccination is putting the lives of 5 million babies, born in the country each year, at grave risks. The failure to include hepatitis B in the national immunization programme despite WHO’s recommendation is blamed on the economic reasons. While Hepatitis B vaccine is expensive, its price can be cut by one-tenth if the government chooses to import it in bulk.

ONION

The minimum price fixed for onion exports by the government is discouraging exports despite a huge surplus. It is also forcing the exporters to resort to unethical trade practices to retain the business in the biggest market of Sri Lanka at the expense of local banks.

LPG TERMINAL

The LPG handling and storage facility of EPTL has been completed. It will replace the current marginal LPG facility of Port Qasim Authority. This will increase the LPG import and help in conserving fast depleting forests in the country.

PSF SECTOR

With PSF prices on an increase, capacity utilization of local manufacturers touches 95% mark and profit margins have improved. There is a need to expand PSF manufacturing capacity in the country. There is a forecast that Ibrahim Fibres will double its present capacity by the year 2002.

 

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