LAHORE - Qamar Aftab of Image Garments (Pvt.) Ltd., Faisalabad was elected as Chairman, Mr. Zia ur Rehman Chaudhry of Fox & Associates, Sialkot as Senior Vice Chairman and Mr. Abdul Hameed of Creative Apparels (Pvt.) Ltd., Lahore as Vice Chairmen of the Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Exporters Association. Result of elections was announced in the Annual General Meeting of the Association held in Sialkot. The newly elected members of Central Executive Committee are Mr. Shahzad Saleem Asghar, Syed Hassan Masood Zaidi, Dr. Khurram Tariq, Mr. Shahid Ahmed Sheikh, and Mr. Faisal Mehboob Sheikh. Members elected on Zonal Committee include Mr. Adil Butt, Mr. Mohammad Zubair Sheikh, Mr. Shafique Butt, Mr. Tahir Mehmood, Mr. Kashif Zia, and Mr. Mohammad Younus Sony. Newly elected office bearers will resume their office from 1st October 2015.

Newly elected Chairman of the Association Mr. Qamar Aftab said that knitwear export industry is the largest employment providing sector of the economy, besides being the leading export earning sector. Export of knitted garment in the year 2014-2015 was US $ 2.4 billion which is higher than last year in spite of all adverse factors. He explained that constraints being confronted by the industry due to war like situation being faced by Pakistan over the last so many years is a major setback to our industry otherwise we could have done lot more than this. Non Supply of gas this winter will add to our problems many fold. Foreign importers are not coming to Pakistan for placing export orders while we have to cross so many hurdles for managing our foreign travels.

Mr. Qamar was critical about government’s decision about non supply of gas which will badly hurt the value added knitwear garment sector in particular. This way the benefits of GSP Plus in the shape of increased exports will remain only a dream. “What to talk of expansion of units or further industrialization and investment in the country where as the existing factories are remaining unable to utilize their capacity,” he questioned the government high ups.