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Punjab working on power generation projects: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that there are vast opportunities of investment in energy, mining and infrastructure sectors in the province.He was talking to China Investment Corporation President Dr Fan Kung Sheng who called on him here on Monday.

Shahbaz said Pakistan was facing serious energy crisis which was badly affecting all sectors. He said the Punjab government was working on various projects of power generation through hydro, bagasse, coal, solar, biogas and other sources. He said planning had been made for the construction of Rawalpindi Ring Road and Lahore-Sialkot Motorway.

Head of Asia Pacific Global Market (CIC) Clients Sufyan Zubairi, Managing Director Bank of America Merrill Lynch Ms Wei Wang, Punjab Energy Minister Ch Abdul Ghafoor, Lahore Transport Company Chairman Kh. Ahmed Hasaan, Hafiz Mian Nauman, MPA, the Punjab Investment Board vice-chairman, Planning & Development chairman, secretaries of Energy and Mining Departments were also present.

Shahbaz Sharif has said Ulema and Mashaikh should play their role for the religious and intellectual training of the people and draw their attention to their responsibilities toward their fellow beings to set up an Islamic welfare society by helping the needy. He was talking to a delegation of Ulema and Mashaikh led by Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah in his camp office at Minar-e-Pakistan on Monday.

MNAs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Pervaiz Malik, MPA Mian Mohsin Latif, Home secretary and Auqaf secretary were present. The CM said Ulema and Mashaikh should come forward for setting up a society based on Islamic brotherhood, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

The delegation comprised Pirzada Syed Imran Ahmed Shah Wali, Mufti Intekhab Ahmed, Pir Syed M Khalilur Rehman Chishti, Pir Abdul Zahid Chishti, Pir Rafique Ahmed Mujaddadi, Mufti Imran and others.

Shahbaz Sharif has said that agriculture and livestock sectors are important in the provincial economy as besides being a source of earning precious foreign exchange they also provide job opportunities to the masses.

He said the government was making heavy investment in the sectors to meet nutritional needs of the people and to increase exports. He was presiding over a joint meeting of PAMCO and Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board in his camp office at Minar-e-Pakistan on Monday.

He said that all the necessary facilities be provided in the cattle market set up over an area of 500 Kanal adjacent to mechanical slaughterhouse in Shahpur Kanjran. He further directed that a modern digital system be developed through Punjab Information Technology Board for computerized registration of butchers and they should be motivated to benefit from the facilities available at the mechanical abattoir.

Zulfiqar Khosa, MPAs Ch. Arshad Jatt and Rao Kashif Faheem Khan, Planning & Development chairman, provincial secretaries. Vice-chancellor Veterinary University, Punjab Investment Board vice-chairman, Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board CEO and prominent industrialist Syed Yawar Ali were present.

Shahbaz Sharif has said that help and assistance to the poor and destitute persons is the top priority of the Punjab government and all-out efforts are being made for socio-economic uplift and self-reliance of the needy.

He said setting up a welfare society was the mission of the government and special emphasis had been laid in the new budget on the betterment of the down-trodden. He was talking to the needy and disabled in his camp office at Minar-e-Pakistan on Monday. The CM heard the problems of the people and issued orders for their solution.

The CM said that no effort would be spared in mitigating the sufferings of the poor and the disabled. He also issued instructions to provide jobs to blind youths besides provision of financial assistance to other deserving persons. MNA Pervaiz Malik was also present. Shahbaz Sharif inspected Allama Iqbal Road extension project here on Monday. He directed the authorities that the project should be completed as early as possible.

Talking to the people on the occasion, the CM said widening of the Allama Iqbal Road would result in availability of high standard travel facilities to the people besides the flow of traffic would also improve resulting in saving time. He said that government was fully aware of the problems of the people due to implementation of the project; therefore, the departments concerned had been directed to complete the project on time.

MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MPA Mian Mohsin Latif, commissioner and district coordination officer Lahore, WASA managing director and senior officers of Nespak and others were also present. The Lahore Development Authority director general informed the CM about the pace of Allama Iqbal Road project.

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