LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a marathon meeting to review the annual development programme (ADP) for 2014-15 fiscal on Monday that lasted for over five hours.
According to a handout, the chief minister took notes of the proposals given by officials concerned and directed them to further improve the ADP. The participants of the meeting reviewed in detail the provincial government’s priorities for welfare, progress and prosperity of the people of Punjab Province. The chief minister issued necessary directions to fine-tune priorities set under the ADP.
According to officials, more funds would be allocated for the uplift of social sectors and for the development of backward districts, especially of south Punjab, under the ADP.
Meanwhile, a high-level Turkish delegation led by Albayrak Group of Companies Chairman Ahmet Albarak called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday and discussed matters regarding promotion of cooperation in energy, solid waste management (SWM) and other sectors.
The chief minister said that there were deep-rooted historical and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey which have been transformed into useful economic ties.
He said that after the success of the modern SWM system in Lahore, its scope was being extended to other big cities of the province and that an agreement had been signed with the Albayrak Company for launching this system in the cities of Rawalpindi and Murree.
Ahmet Albarak said that cooperation with the Punjab government in different sectors would be further promoted. Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan and other officials were also present.
Meanwhile, Turkish Ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin also called on the chief minister and discussed with him matters of mutual interest, bilateral ties and promotion of cooperation.
Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique and the health secretary were also present.
The chief minister said that friendship between Pakistan and Turkey was strengthening with the passage of time. He said that a modern hospital had been constructed in Muzaffargarh with the cooperation of Turkey. He said that the hospital named after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would start working during the month of June.
The Turkish ambassador said that there was a strong bond of love and brotherhood between the people of both countries. He said that cooperation with the Punjab government would continue in future as well.
Meanwhile, Jamiat Ahle-Hadith Emir Senator Prof Sajid Mir called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday and discussed with him overall political situation.
The chief minister said that the country was facing the challenges of extremism and terrorism; however, the PML-N government was determined to overcome all of these challenges. He called for national unity in order to steer the country out of lawlessness. He urged clerics to promote religious tolerance, brotherhood and amity for creating a peaceful society. MNA Hafiz Abdul Karim was also present during the meeting.
CM condemns attack on pilgrims: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned attacks on Shia pilgrims in the Taftan area in Balochistan Province.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
CM condemns attack on Karachi Airport: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, and paid tribute to personnel of security forces for carrying out a successful operation.
According to a handout, the chief minister said that security personnel foiled the evil designs of terrorists by laying down their lives and by safeguarding national assets through displaying unmatched valour, courage and bravery. He said that the entire nation was proud of personnel who had embraced martyrdom. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured personnel.
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