Pakistan's Fauji Foundation on Saturday (21 December) formally opened its third textile mill -- this one completely equipped by China.
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Background: Pakistan's Fauji Foundation on Saturday (21 December) formally opened its third textile mill -- this one completely equipped by China.
Located in the village of Dhokh Gharib Shah near Hasan Abdal, about 35 miles (56 kms) from Islamabad, the new mill was opened in ceremonies attended by the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Lu Wei-Chao, and about 25 visiting Chinese textile experts.
Unlike its two predecessors operated by the Fauji Foundation -- formerly known as the Post-war Services Reconstruction Fund -- the new mill is equipped with Chinese machinery of a semi-high-production type. The high-production machinery in the other two mills was imported mainly from Britain at what a Pakistani spokesman said was four times the cost of the Chinese equipment, which he estimated at 25 million Pakistani rupees (just over one million sterling). The spokesman explained that the intention at the new mill was to perfect the man behind the machine rather than import the much more costly machinery for high production.
The newest mill, already in operation, houses 25,000 spindles being fed with 30,000 bales of cotton per day and averaging a daily output of 30,000 pounds of yarn. Spread over 100 acres, it is designed to provide work for 900 persons. The mill was sited at Dhokh Gharib Shah -- at the boundary of the Rawalpindi and Campbellpur districts -- because it is a region of high military recruitment, and, the Pakistani spokesman said, economic advantages would accrue to servicemen's families.
The Chinese equipment was imported via the National Machinery Import and Export Corporation of China under a barter agreement between the two countries.
The Fauji Foundation's other two textile mills are at Jhelum and Lyallpur.