Pharmaceutical exports can beat textiles: Ismail

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KARACHI:

Pharmaceutical exports can overtake textiles if the necessary incentives are provided, said Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail.

Billions of dollars in medicines are exported from Pakistan and it could be more than textiles with all efforts, he said on Tuesday after opening the three-day Pak Pharma and Healthcare exhibition at the Karachi Expo Center.

Governor Ismail visited various stands at the exhibition and spoke with the exhibitors. He assured the pharmaceutical industry that all their problems including export issues would be resolved amicably, saying that the development of this industry was also the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“Currently, pharmaceutical exports amount to 300 billion dollars, which could increase further,” he said.

The governor said the Ehsaas health card is an unprecedented program, as people who could not even buy medicine now have a free, quality treatment center.

Ismail said the law banning big drug companies from granting benefits to doctors is a welcome step. This will benefit patients, he added.

Read more: E-Pharmacies: The Emerging Trend Shaping Healthcare In Pakistan

In response to a question about the audio leak from former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, the governor of Sindh said that the “video and Queen Calibri” were blatantly lying but had been taken all the time, but that she was not at all ashamed.

“The audio plot against Saqib Nisar was full of lies and the senior judiciary should investigate it. There must be a forensic test on the audio tape. Such things start to happen when their cases go to hearings. These people made fun of justice, the country can no longer be held hostage in their hands.

Speaking to the media on the occasion, Prime Event director Kamran Abbasi said the exhibition was held in two halls in collaboration with the PPMA and more than 70 domestic and foreign companies were participating.

Posted in The Express Tribune, November 24e, 2021.


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