Pakistan set on journey of progress: CM

Foreign diplomats meet Shahbaz

Salim Ahmed

Lahore

The ambassadors, high commissioners, diplomats and high officials of different international bodies met with Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here Saturday.
Those who met the Chief Minister were the European ambassador Jeans Francois Cautain, French ambassador Mrs. Martine Dorance, High Commissioner of the UK. Thomas Drew, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawala, Australian High Commissioner Ms. Margaret Adamson, Ambassador of Tajikistan. Jononov Sherali, Consul General of the US. Yuri Fedkiw, Country Director of the World Bank. Illangova Patchamutu, Deputy Chief of Mission of German Embassy Dr. Jens Jokisch, Director of UNISCO Ms. Vibeke Jensen and other high officials.
Shahbaz Sharif, addressing the diplomats said, “Pakistan has started its journey of progress and prosperity under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. And, Pakistan is more secured, peaceful and economically viable country today as compared with the past. The situation has improved due to effective steps of the government for the eradication of terrorism and fanaticism. The terrorists and their facilitators are scourge of this land and their complete elimination is our mission.”
He said according to a recent report of Transparency International, Germany, the ranking of Pakistan has been improved by 9 points on corruption graph. He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has accelerated economic activities in Pakistan. Other countries also want to invest in Pakistan. Work on energy projects is being carried out speedily under CPEC in the country.
“The present government has eliminated culture of delay and now the development projects are being completed with an unparalleled speed,” he said. The Chief Minister said that effective steps have been taken for the promotion of tourism in Pakistan, especially in Punjab. He said that the civilization of Pakistan including that of Punjab is centuries old and the cultural heritage of Pakistan and that of Punjab is highly unique and marvelous.
He said that the historically important places of Sikh and Buddhist communities in the Punjab are fully taken care of. Economic activities would be further accelerated with the promotion of tourism, he added. Chief Minister said that the government is spending every penny of its resources for improving the quality of life of the common man and added that transparency and well-being of the common man are our priorities. Chief Minister said that cooperation of friendly countries and international bodies in progress and prosperity of Pakistan is commendable and proposed that these relations should be developed as multifaceted cooperation for the development and prosperity of Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan and India will have to jointly work for durable peace in the region, and proposed that positive development should be made by giving priority to well-being of the people of the region. Chief Minister said that the common man is being provided facilities that are his basic right.
The High commissioner of the UK said that the cultural heritage and historically important places are being well taken care of in the Punjab. Indian High Commissioner expressed best wishes for the people of Pakistan on behalf of India and said that he has been impressed by the work done for the restoration of cultural heritage and historic places in the Punjab. Australian High Commissioner said that economic activities could be increased with the promotion of tourism. He also congratulated the Chief Minister for looking after the cultural heritage of historic places.
The French ambassador said that there is tremendous potential in tourism and other sectors in the Punjab and we are ready to extend full cooperation to the Punjab government in this regard.

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