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- Saturday, March 05, 2011 - From Print Edition




CHIEF Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that all resources are being utilised for provision of basic amenities to the masses and speedy development of the province and special attention is being paid to the development of the backward areas.


Talking to the MPs belonging to various districts who called on him here on Friday, he said the dream of development could not materialise without education and the Punjab government had taken revolutionary steps for the uplift of the sector. He said that besides setting up the Punjab Education Endowment Fund and IT Labs in high schools, the project of Daanish Schools had been launched in backward areas first time in the history of the country. He said the dream of children of the poor of having quality education would also materialise with the project of Daanish Schools and they would also be able to play their role in the development of the country.


Those who met the chief minister included Muhammad Sanaullah Mastikhel, Malik Adil Hussain Utra, Rana Muhammad Arshad, Irfan Shabbir Gujjar, Syed Haroon Ahmad Sultan and Syed Abdul Basit.


beautiful lahore: Shahbaz Sharif has said that the strong relations of love and sincerity between the governments and peoples of Turkey and Pakistan are unprecedented and the help and assistance extended by the Turkish government to the flood affectees of Pakistan is a proof of this fact. He was talking to an eight-member delegation from Istanbul, led by Vasfiye Esra Olmez, during its visit to the provincial metropolis regarding solid waste management on Friday.


The CM said that he wanted to see the provincial metropolis as beautiful and clean as Istanbul. He said that after Lahore, the government would focus on the provision of a similar clean and healthy environment to people of other cities of the province. He said Turkey had signed an agreement with the Punjab government for solid waste management in Lahore for 450,000 dollars and had the agreement been made with any other country, it would have cost a lot more.


Shahbaz welcomed the cooperation of Istanbul Municipality with the Punjab government in solid waste management. He said that the Turkish experts should also visit Shah Alami, Bhaati, Shahdara, Kot Lakhpat, Shalimar and other areas to see sanitation arrangements for their improvement.


He said that Mayor Istanbul Qadir Tobash would visit Pakistan in April and expressed the hope that Lahore would have become cleaner and more beautiful city by that time. He expressed his gratitude to the mayor Istanbul for solid waste management agreement.


The leader of the Turk delegation, Vasfiye Esra Olmez, said the project of solid waste management in Lahore was being started for the service of Pakistani brethren and not as a commercial enterprise. She said that Istanbul was transformed into a beautiful and clean city in a few years and even less time would be taken for the beautification of Lahore.


Solid Waste Management Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan, Members Provincial Assembly Shehzadi Umarzadi Tiwana, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Mehr Ishtiaq, District Coordination Officer Lahore and Managing Director Solid Waste Management were also present.