Published On: Sat, Apr 5th, 2014
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Pakistan wants friendly ties with neighbouring countries: Shahbaz Sharif

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wants to have friendly relations with all the countries of the region especially neighbouring countries and Pakistan Muslim League (N) is pursuing an effective policy in this regard.

He said that there is a need to resolve all issues with India including Kashmir through a meaningful dialogue. He said that Pakistan and India will have to come out of the past and move forward.

He was talking to Shuja Nawaz of a Washington-based Think Tank South Asia Centre who met him, here today. Matters of mutual interest, Pak-India relations and regional situation were discussed in the meeting. Provincial Minister for Irrigation Yawar Zaman, Minister for Industry Muhammad Shafique, Member Provincial Assembly Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Secretary Industry, Secretary Information, Chairman Punjab Investment Board and concerned officers were also present.

The Chief Minister said that there should be maximum exchange of delegations between Pakistan and India. He said that there is a need to increase the volume of trade between the two countries. Referring to energy shortage in Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif said that sincere efforts are being made to overcome energy crisis in the country.

He said that government has selected six sites for setting up coal-based power plants and a prominent Chinese company has expressed interest in setting up coal power plants in Sahiwal. He said that China is playing an important role in the progress and development of Pakistan and the investment package of 32 billion dollars for energy and other sectors is a proof of this fact. He said that several Chinese companies are already working on various projects in the country.

The Chief Minister said that economy of the country is improving due to timely and solid steps taken by PML-N government led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif while foreign investment has also increased. He said that special incentives are being offered to foreign investors in energy, infrastructure and other sectors.

He said that water is a blessing of Allah and its wastage can be checked through better management. He said that government is also paying attention to generation of hydle power and approval has been granted for construction of Dasu Dam. He said that work is also being carried out for construction of more water reservoirs. Shuja Nawaz said that continuity of democratic process in Pakistan is a good omen and better relations between India and Pakistan are necessary for stability in the region.
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