Shahbaz stresses resolving all issues with India through talks


LAHORE:  Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wants to have friendly ties with all regional, especially neighbouring countries, and that the government of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is pursuing an effective policy in this regard. 
He also said that there was a need to resolve all issues with India including, Kashmir, through a meaningful dialogue and that Pakistan and India will have to come out of the past and move forward.
Chief Minister Shahbaz was talking to Shuja Nawaz, director a Washington-based think tank, South Asia Centre, who called on him on Friday and discussed matters of mutual interest, Pak-India relations and regional situation, says a handout. 
Irrigation Minister Yawar Zaman, Industries Minister Muhammad Shafique, Punjab Assembly Member Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, and senior officials attended the meeting. 
The chief minister called for arranging maximum exchange of delegations between Pakistan and India and said that there was a need to increase the volume of trade between both countries. 
Chief Minster Shahbaz said that sincere efforts were being made to overcome energy crisis in the country. He said that the government had selected six sites for setting up coal-based power plants and a prominent Chinese company had expressed interest in setting up coal power plants in Sahiwal District. He said that China was playing an important role in the progress and development of Pakistan and that the investment package of $32 billion for energy and other sectors is proof of this fact. 
The chief minister said that economy of the country is improving due to timely and solid steps taken by the PML-N government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while inflow of foreign investment had also increased during the tenure of this government.
He said that special incentives were being offered to foreign investors in energy, infrastructure, and other sectors. He said that the government is also paying attention to generation of hydle power and many projects were in the pipeline. 
Shuja Nawaz said that continuity of democratic process in Pakistan was a good omen and that better relations between India and Pakistan were necessary for achieving stability in the region.

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