Elimination of terrorists must for development, says Shahbaz

* Chinese foreign minister says doors of Beijing always open for Pakistani guests

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has met with Chinese Foreign Minister (FM) Wang Yi in Beijing on Wednesday. Regional situation besides ongoing development projects being implemented in Pakistan with the cooperation of China were discussed during the meeting that lasted for about an hour. Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal was also present during the meeting.
Talking to the Chinese foreign minister, the chief minister said that he had brought a message of goodwill from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the people and government of China, says a handout issued here.
He also thanked the Chinese foreign minister for his role in the implementation of economic package announced by the Chinese government for Pakistan. 
He said that considerable progress made on the economic corridor project during the short period of one year was reflective of sagacity and extraordinary interest being taken by the leaderships of the two countries. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that Pakistan had decided launching a decisive war against terrorism, as it was a fact that no progress could be made without elimination of menace of terrorism. He said that the Pakistani government was speedily implementing projects in the port city of Gwadar and that the process of acquisition of land had been completed after making payments.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that doors of China were always open for the Pakistani guests. He said that no hurdle would be allowed in the way of implementation of economic package including the construction of Karachi-Lahore Motorway and other projects. He said that China was ready to even relax rules and regulations for its friendly country Pakistan in this regard.
He further said that terrorism was a joint problem of China and Pakistan as terrorists were enemy of both of the countries. He said that China fully supports the military operation launched by Pakistan against terrorists in its tribal belt.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi commended Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s efforts for strengthening China-Pakistan relations. 
It may be mentioned that the chief minister had a very busy schedule during his visit to China. He met with heads and high-ranking officials of over 30 government and private companies and industries besides holding meetings with senior Chinese leadership. 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of rape and murder of a 30-year-old woman in the Harbanspura locality of the provincial capital and sought a report from the CCPO. 
The chief minister directed the CCPO to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the incident.

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