Former Prime Minister and PPP Senior Vice Chairman Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that although political parties extended mandate to the government to hold talks with Taliban, it did nothing and spoiled precious time.

Talking to the journalists here at Mauza Graywala on Thursday, he added that the political parties had expressed confidence in the govt for the sake of peace in the country but the rulers failed to deliver.

Answering a question, he said that he had already said that the rulers would not conduct local government elections. “Now the elections will not take place until the census is held,” he anticipated.

To a query on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he said that there was no age limit for becoming party chief, adding that Bilawal was a young, energetic and active political leader. “When Mohtarma entered politics, her critics objected on her young age but the time proved that she was a true leader of the nation,” he added. He declared that Bilawal Bhutto had come into politics and he would soon visit Punjab. He claimed that Bilawal would get warm welcome in Punjab as he was true representative of young generation.

MCCI, PTBA INK ACCORD: The Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and Pak Turk Businessmen Association (PTBA) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to attract Turkish investors to Pakistan and boost bilateral business. The MoU was signed by MCCI President Khawaja Muhammad Usman and General Secretary of Pak Turk Businessmen Association Taner Kocyigit during a ceremony here on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, MCCI President Khawaja Muhammad Usman said that MoU would go a long way in bringing the two sides further close to each other.

He said that Pakistani and Turkish businessmen should initiate joint ventures in all sectors of economy. He said that livestock and dairy sector of Pakistan has the abilities to fulfil the need of Turkish market.

He said that exchange of trade delegations and single country exhibitions on reciprocal basis would also increase volume of mutual trade.

According to MoU, both the organizations would work jointly for the economic development of the both countries through facilitation to each other’s members. Both the organizations would also take joint initiatives to synergize the efforts to achieve common objectives and for greater efficiency.

MCCI and PTBA will share vision and expertise with each other in formulation of policies, economic studies, sectoral reports, project-specific reports/information, promotional efforts and identification of prospective investors and traders.

PTBA has also agreed to provide its all facilitation services to the MCCI for promotion of trade and economic activities and will also facilitate MCCI members in Turkey in particular and in the world in general. PTBA will also make efforts for promotion of trade and investment in Punjab. Both organizations will also exchange trade related information. MCCI Senior Vice President  Tahir Rehman Naqi, Vice President Syed Iftikhar Hussain , PCGA’s Vice Chairman Sheikh Aasim Saeed , Secretary General Khurram Javed were also present on the occasion.