UK visit to open up new avenues of development: CM

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that meetings with UK authorities and Pakistani investors during his visit to the United Kingdom have been very fruitful and that they will open up new avenues of development in Pakistan. He also said that rendering service to the masses was a mission of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government and that every effort would be made to achieve this objective. 
According to a handout, the chief minister was talking to a delegation of UK chapter of the PML-N before leaving London for home on Monday.
He said that development projects in energy, education, health, infrastructure and other sectors were being executed in a transparent manner. He said that the proposed Knowledge Park project in Lahore would prove to be a milestone in the uplift of education sector in the region. 
He said that policies of the PML-N government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had restored the confidence of foreign and local investors. 
The chief minister said that overseas Pakistanis had played a commendable role in progress of the country and that they also raised their voice at international forums over different issues, including securing GSP (Generalised System of Preference) Plus status to Pakistan. 
He said that in acknowledgment of services rendered by expatriates, the Punjab government had decided to set up Overseas Pakistanis Commission, which would safeguard the interests of overseas Pakistanis besides resolving their problems. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said China had proved to be a true friend of the people of Pakistan by announcing a $32 billion investment package and that every effort would be made to capitalise on this opportunity. 
He said that solution of energy crisis was also a mission of the government and all-out efforts were being made for this purpose. He said that establishment of coal-based power plants in Port Qasim, Gadani and Sahiwal had been planned and that Prime Minister Nawaz would lay their foundation stones very soon. 
Referring to the Knowledge Park project, the chief minister said that the park would be built over an area of 852 acres and that best universities of the world would set up their campuses in the park. This would help Pakistani students obtain best quality higher education in their own country. He said that British universities would also set up their campuses in the park and that progress had been made in this regard also during his visit to the United Kingdom. 

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