Punjab, Balochistan CMs discuss prospects of cooperation


Staff Reporter

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Tuesday called on Punjab CM Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office and discussed various matters of mutual interest as well as expansion of bilateral cooperation in different sectors.
Speaking on the occasion, Usman Buzdar said that all possible cooperation would be extended to Balochistan government in different fields including information-technology, tourism, horticulture, education and healthcare for durable development of the province.
He said that special quota had been reserved in the educational institutions of Punjab for the Balochistan students. The Punjab government would also set up a cardiac hospital in Balochistan and Rs 2 billion funds had been allocated for the purpose, he said.
The chief minister said that Punjab would not lag behind in serving the brethren of Balochistan. He said that funds had also been provided for restoring the original condition of the mausoleum of Mir Chakar Azam Rind in Okara as a goodwill gesture to the people of Balochistan.
Similarly, bilateral cooperation would be extended in the tourism sector as well.
Jam Kamal extended an invitation to CM Usman Buzdar to visit Balochistan and said that Punjab had given a lot of love to him and both the provinces would move forward in the journey of development.
While local tourism could help strengthen the national economy, but regrettably it was ignored by the past governments, he said.
DG Walled City of Lahore Authority gave a briefing about restoration work on the mausoleum. Provincial ministers Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Jehanzeb Khichi, Dr Yasmin Rashid, M Hashim Dogar, Husnain Bahadur Dreshak, Samiullah Chaudhry as well as provincial ministers of Balochistan including Naseebullah Khan Marri, Noor Muhammad, Aziz Ahmad
Jamali, Muhammad Umar Khan Jamali along with principal secretaries of both the chief ministers were present.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan returned to his province after a two-day Lahore visit on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar saw him off at the airport. He said that he was happy to host his Baloch counterpart in Lahore and the visit would help promote inter-provincial harmony and new chapters of love and cooperation would be written between the two provinces.
He also presented an album of pictures of Lahore visit to Jam Kamal. Jamal Kamal said that he was going back with fond memories and the love extended to him in Lahore would never be forgotten. He thanked CM Usman Buzdar for the wonderful hospitality. Provincial ministers Mian Aslam Iqbal, Samiullah Chaudhry, chief secretary and others were present.

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