SIALKOK/GUJRANWALA - The federal ministers for interior and law said that some political elements were busy creating hurdles in national progress and prosperity through their negative politics.

Addressing a public meeting at Baddo Malhi near Narowal after inaugurating a gas supply project, Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal said that such elements have no space in the future politics as the politically mature people will again reject them in the 2018 general elections.

The interior minister added that the masses know that the Dharna politics was aimed to destabilise Pakistan politically and economically. But ignoring their politics of confrontation, the PML-N government has successfully put the country on the highway to the national stability.

He added that Pakistan had now become an ideal country for the massive foreign investment. He said that the armed forces of Pakistan had broken the backbone of the terrorism in the country. He said that Pakistan would continue to play its frontline role for weeding out terrorism.

He said that Pakistan was committed to uprooting terrorism, adding that the entire nation stands united against terrorism and was ready to sacrifice even their lives to defend the Motherland.

He said that the PML-N government has ended the black era by removing the loadshedding of electricity starting the journey of lights.

Likewise, Federal Minister for Law Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk said that some groups were causing trouble to the public by blocking the roads in the name of protest. Talking to the media at Press Club Gujranwala, he further said that Pir Hameedud Din Sialvi should drop the agitation and solve the issue through talks.

He said that in view of the challenges being faced by the country, all the political and religious powers should show solidarity and unity to face the conspiracies against the country. Criticising Imran Khan, the minister said besides abusing the parliaments, he was still receiving salary from the same parliament.

On the other side, Technology Upgradation & Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) CEO Alamgir Chaudhry said that the government has focused on the development and upgradation of the surgical instruments and cutlery sectors of Sialkot, enabling them to be modernised through advanced technology.

He was addressing a meeting of the Sialkot exporters held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). He added that the TUSDEC has successfully started implementing a project "Industrial Technology Benchmarking" in order to address the needs of the technology advancement for priority sectors including Surgical & Cutlery in fields of electromedical, dental & surgical implants and mass scale production & continuous polishing of tableware for cutlery sector.

He also gave a detailed briefing to the Sialkot exporters about the initiative of "Technology Benchmarking" in the highly value added sectors of surgical instruments and cutlery sectors of Sialkot.

He shared with the manufacturers of surgical instruments and cutlery items that Rs36 million were allocated for study of gaps in the above mentioned sectors for which 3 International consultants would be hired for each subsector.

The study would identify the need for technology and the possible way forward in the adoption of the high tech practices through establishment of common facility centres, joint ventures and skill upgradation, he added.

He said that the practice would not only allow the exporters of surgical instruments and cutlery sector to exploit the potential in the high tech products markets but also enhance the production process.

Addressing the meeting, SCCI President Zahid Latif Malik said, "I believe that this is a right step taken by the government of Pakistan to enhance the two most value added sectors of Pakistan. The project will not only benefit the existing manufacturing setups in the two priority sectors but would also serve to achieve the long desired goal of export diversification and entering high value markets through technology benchmarking."

The SCCI president assured full support to TUSDEC in execution of the project. He said it was high time for the Sialkot's surgical Industry to move into high tech products like implants.