Thar would change Pakistan and Pakistan would surely change the entire world because of its rich natural resources – Consul General Li Bijian
Envoy inaugurates 3-day ‘Colors of Thar Festival’ organized in Mithi jointly by SECMC, Thar Foundation and other companies
By GR Junejo
Mithi, Tharparkar: The Chinese Consul General in Karachi, Mr. Li Bijian has said that Thar had a great investment potential that would not only change Pakistan but would surely change the entire world for its rich natural resources and the hardworking and peaceful people.
He was addressing a huge gathering at 3-day ‘Colors of Thar Festival’ which started here on Friday. The festival organized by the District Administration in collaboration with Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company, Thar Foundation, Hubco, Sino Sindh Resources, Shanghai Electric and some other organizations under the aegis of “Thar will change Pakistan”.
Chinese Consul General Mr. Li Bijian attended some sessions of the festival. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Li said that Thar would change Pakistan and Pakistan would surely change the entire world for its rich natural resources and hardworking and peaceful people. “Under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Projects (EPEC), we have successfully completed phase one and now entering the second phase,” he said.
Chinese envoy said mining and power projects in Thar were moving very smoothly and had created thousands of job opportunities for the local people. “Thar is a beautiful place, and it has tremendous investment potential in all spheres. Let us work together to make Thar more beautiful and much developed,” he said.
Mr. Li said that Pakistan and China had always had a great bond of friendship and the CPEC projects had laid the strong foundations of prosperity and progress for both the great nations of the world.
He said that Chinese people were busy with the mega projects and they all wanted prosperous, strong and stable Pakistan. “I am very glad to see the beautiful culture and customs of Thar Desert during the festival,” he said and added that there was still need to further promote such rich culture by organizing such events.
“I am very happy to be among the local people during this beautiful colorful event,” he said and added that people of China also loved such culture and traditions.”
Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani along with MPA Qsim Siraj Soomro, MPA Faqeer Mohammad Bilalani, DC Tharparkar Mohammad Nawaz Soho and officials of the sponsors of the mega festival attended the cultural festival.
Dr. Malani speaking to the media persons during his visits to different stalls lauded the efforts of the organizers of the mega event and said that such events would not only promote and project the culture, traditions, music, art and various other aspects of the desert district but also inculcate trends of the competition especially among the students of the district. “We are trying our best to give exposure to the talent of Thar and an opportunity to people from other regions to come and see the various other hidden aspects”, he said.
Dr. Malani added that it was beyond any doubt that Thar was all set to change Pakistan but added that it was also the time to overhaul the infrastructure of the entire desert district by providing all basic amenities of life to all the desert dwellers. He said that it was the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to complete the mega power projects by utilizing the coal reserves of Thar and said PPP government under the dynamic leadership of Bilawal Zardari and the supervision of Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah made it possible much before the stipulated time.