National Assembly Standing Committee on Textile Industry Wednesday recommended establishing textile universities in southern Punjab and northern Sindh.

The meeting, chaired by Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, observed that textile education institutes should be built in underdeveloped areas of the country on priority.

The committee, during its discussion on the issue of Karachi Garment City Land, showed its displeasure over the absence of the Deputy Commissioner, Malir, Karachi.

Committee observed that the increase in the cost was primarily due to unnecessary delay in the completion of the project. A Sub-Committee was constituted by Standing Committee under the convener-ship of Rashecd Ahmed Godil, MNA, to further discuss the said issue. The discussion on finalization of the budgetary proposals relating to PSDP for financial year 2016-17 was postponed by the committee till its next meeting. However, the committee directed all the heads of projects mentioned in the budgetary proposals to make them self available to brief the committee in the next scheduled meeting.

Federal Secretary for Textile Ministry, Amir M Khan Marwat and Director Research and Development Cell, Kanwar Usman briefed the committee about the ongoing and future projects. The meeting was attended by lawmakers Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayal Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Abdul Rasheed Godil, and Jamshed Ahmed Dasti.