KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Tuesday insisted on the need to focus on exporting pharmaceuticals, saying it could be worth more than textiles if efforts are made in the sector.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of the Ehsaas health card will provide medical coverage to millions of people and also boost the pharmaceutical industry,” the governor said at the opening of the three-day Pak Pharma exhibition and Healthcare.
The exhibition was organized by Prime Event Management in collaboration with the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA).
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Prime Event Director Kamran Abbasi, PPMA President Mansoor Dilawar, President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Muhammad Idrees, MC KCCI Members Zia-ul-Arfeen, Muhammad Arif Lakhani, Asim Ijaz, Abu Bakar Shamsi, Nasir Riaz Anwar, Tanveer Barry , Amir Churra and Qamar Usman were also present on the occasion.
Governor Imran Ismail visited various stands at the exhibition and also spoke with the exhibitors.
The governor assured the pharmaceutical industry that all their problems, including export issues, would be resolved “amicably”. He assured them that the development of this industry was part of the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
âCurrently, pharmaceutical exports amount to 300 billion dollars, which could increase further,â he said.
The governor said Ehsaas’ health card is an unprecedented program, as people who could not even buy medicine now have free, quality treatment facilities.
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Ismail claimed that drug prices in Pakistan were the lowest in the region and could be much cheaper if the raw material was not imported.
The governor also said the new law banning benefits granted by big pharmaceutical companies to doctors was helping patients.
Asked by a reporter about the increase in the price of petroleum products and medicines, he asked the reporter to name a country that had cheaper products than Pakistan.
âPrevious governments taxed the people, we reduced them. The government is not happy to make things expensive. It is a constraint because Pakistan cannot afford more subsidies, âhe said.
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In response to a question about the audio leak from former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, the governor of Sindh said the “video and Queen Calibri” blatantly lies but was captured all the time.
âThe audio plot against Saqib Nisar is full of lies and the senior judiciary should investigate it. There must be a forensic test on the audio tape, âthe governor said