Pakistan Can Make Fighter Jets but Not Cars: Fawad Chaudhry

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, has once again criticized the local auto industry for lack of adoption of modern technology . The minister has been in limelight for formulating the much needed auto industry standards for locally assembled vehicles.

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Bashing the industry during the “Gateway to Halal Accreditation for International Trade” seminar, Fawad Chaudhry said:

“Pakistan can make JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft and Al-Khalid battle tanks but we don’t make cars.”

He criticized the local auto industry for its backwardness and said they will not let Pakistan’s auto industry cut itself off from the rest of the world. They must also make cars on world standards, he added. Fawad Chaudhry added that industry must give up the idea of improving and developing with the government’s help alone. He said:

“The government’s job is not to do business. It can only facilitate the private sector.”

Talking about the EVs, the minister said the advent of electric vehicles (motorcycles, cars and other automobiles that run on battery) will create a risk of unemployment. Roadside mechanics would lose employment opportunities & they must be provided with advanced training in repairing electric vehicles. He further said that Pakistan must make lithium batteries, which are used in making electric vehicles.

Full story: SAMAA

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