Pakistan, India need to promote trade: CM

* Visiting Indian Rajya Sabha member hails CM Shahbaz’s public work

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N government, led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, desires the best relationship with the neighbouring countries, including India. 
The chief minister said that relations between India and Pakistan have improved substantially during the recent years, however, there is a need to promote trade and economic ties between the two countries. 
He was talking to Indian Rajiya Sabha member and former chief election commissioner Dr Monohar Singh Gill, who called on him on Wednesday. Matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations between India and Pakistan were discussed in the meeting. 
The chief minister said that wars have given nothing but poverty, hunger and devastation to people of India and Pakistan and time has come to forget the bitterness of the past and take solid measures for the betterment of the people of the two countries. 
He said that India and Pakistan should resolve all their disputes including Kashmir issue through meaningful dialogue. He said that PML-N government believes in strengthening of democracy as well as democratic institutions and decisions on national issues are being taken after taking all parties into confidence. 
Dr. Monohar Singh Gill said that he is very happy to visit Pakistan especially Lahore and has seen a pleasant change in the provincial metropolis. 
He said that there is no doubt that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has executed splendid development projects in Punjab.
While declaring the steps taken by Chief Minister Shahbaz for the development and prosperity of people of Punjab as proper utilisation of national resources Gill said that he is pleased to see a positive change in Lahore. “No doubt, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has set a glorious example of completing public welfare projects in a short period in the real sense,” he said, adding that the examples of active personality of Shahbaz Sharif and devotion to work are also quoted in India. 
He said that Indian state of Bahar has launched a laptop scheme by following Pakistani Punjab, whereas some other Indian states are also emulating the programme of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for empowering the youth. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in a fire incident at a plaza on Bund Road and sought a report from the concerned authorities. 
He also ordered inquiry into the incident. Expressing sympathies with the families of the deceased, the chief mprayed that may God rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the members of the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

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