Business community urged to invest in aviation industry

  • ‘Close liaison between private sector and aviation industry will go a long way in strengthening the defence of Pakistan’

ISLAMABAD: Former chief of the air staff Sohail Aman has urged the business community to fully capitalise on the investment opportunities offered by the aviation industry.

Addressing the business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) on Friday, the former air chief said that the aviation industry needed parts, wings and many other products to manufacture aeroplanes and other defence equipment. He invited the private sector to come forward and invest in the aviation industry so as to help strengthen this important industry of the country.

Sohail Aman stressed the need for linking the downstream industry with the aviation industry, as it would not only create new business opportunities for the private sector but would also promote exports of the aviation industry.

“Close liaison between the private sector and the aviation industry will go a long way in strengthening the defence of Pakistan,” he remarked.

The former air chief said Pakistan has started working on 5th generation aircraft, which was a landmark development in the aviation industry.

Being the patron of Friends Hospital, he also briefed the business community about the health services being provided by the hospital to the poor people, urging the business community to cooperate in further expansion of the hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, ICCI Acting President Iftikhar Anwar Sethi paid rich tributes to the services of Sohail Aman as the chief of air staff.

He reaffirmed that the business community would always be ready to cooperate with the armed forces in its endeavours to further strengthen the air, land and naval defence of the country.

He also announced a significant amount of donation for the Friends Hospital and assured that the business community would cooperate in the expansion of the hospital.

Friends Hospital BoD Chairman Qaim Hussain Shah, former ICCI presidents Khalid Iqbal Malik, Mian Shaukat Masud and Zahid Maqbool also spoke on the occasion.