FAISALABAD (APP) - Federal Minister for Textile Industry, Rana Farooq Saeed Khan has said that government is fully aware of economic potential of textile sector and President Asif Ali Zardari during his recent visit to UK has stressed on market access for Pakistani textile products to European countries. He was addressing a public gathering in his home town Sammundri near here Wednesday. He appreciated the political maturity and vision of President Asif Ali Zardari and said that he has made it clear to the British Officials that war on terror has inflicted a colossal loss to the Pakistani economy but in spite of this fact Pakistan being a responsible member of the international community emphasized for trade instead of aid. Rana Farooq Saeed Khan said that textile sector is the backbone of national economy as it was contributing 60 per cent towards foreign exchange earnings in addition to offering 40 per cent jobs to the work force. He said that in spite of role of a frontline country in the war against terrorism America and European Union are extending extra ordinary concessions to Bangladesh and other countries which has inflicted direct blow to the Pakistani exports. He said that these discriminatory policies coupled with global melt down has plunged textile sector in to deep crisis. However, he said that PPP government has a privilege to announce a consensus, viable and most dynamic 5-year textile policy with main emphasis on enhancing production and export of value added textile products. He said that revival of textile sector would also create new job opportunities for the male as well as female work force in addition to enhancing our exports. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari as well as Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani is striving hard to get the facility of direct access for Pakistani textile products. I am optimistic that as a result of recent visit of President to UK and America he would be able to convince those countries to give direct access to the Pakistani products he said and added that this would be a big achievement of this government which would not only stabilize textile sector but also pave way to further strengthen the national economy.