LAHORE - Mohammad Ibrahim Siddique stood first in the Non-Professional category of LCCI Qirat Competition while second and third positions were bagged by Mohammad Musa Shahid and Hafiz Mohammad Abu Bakr.

In the Professional category two candidates including Qari Attaul Mannan and Khadim Bilal jointly won first prize while second and third prizes went to Hafiz Mohammad Awais and Qari Sajjad Ahmad. The first prize winners of the professional category were also awarded Umrah tickets. The prizes to winners were given by MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif. MNA Pervaiz Malik and Adviser to Chief Minister on Trade Mohammad Ali Mian were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif paid rich tributes to the office-bearers of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry for making the Qiraat Competition a part of Lahore Shopping Festival and urged them to make it an annual event.

He said that today country is facing multiple internal and external challenges and we all should fulfil our respective responsibilities to cope with these challenges.

He said that it was very unfortunate that the country has been facing unparalleled energy crisis despite the fact that the value of our coal reserves is around $30 trillion that is 187 times more than the GDP of Pakistan. The worth of our coal reserves is higher than the combined oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and Iran. Only 2% of Pakistani coal reserves could generate 20,000 MW electricity for almost 50 years. Despite this never ending wealth, Pakistani people and industry are facing the worst power crisis.