July 09, 2017
Shahbaz for France’s support in alternative energy sector
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday France had expertise in alternative energy sources, water and sanitation and agro-based industry; therefore, the two countries could enhance cooperation in these fields.
He expressed these views during a meeting with French Ambassador Martine Dorance as both sides discussed matters of mutual interest.
The French ambassador congratulated the chief minister over completion of energy projects in record time, terming it unprecedented. She said Punjab had witnessed extraordinary development under the visionary leadership of Shahbaz, with visible performance in education, healthcare and other social sectors.
Dorance said France attached great importance to ties with Pakistan and would continue cooperation with Punjab at every level.
The chief minister said Punjab provided a favourable environment for investment and the French investors could take advantage of the available opportunities, as he promised provision of every possible facility to them.
He cited the transparency and swift execution of projects under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which, he said, were acknowledged around the world.
The chief minister said there was no room for terrorism and extremism in Pakistan and the terrorists were an enemy of humanity, adding that the Pakistani nation was committed to uprooting terrorism.
Separately, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and Shahbaz during a meeting condemned atrocities inflicted on the hapless Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir and the unprovoked firing at the Line of Control by the Indian forces.
They paid rich tribute to the sacrifices rendered by the people of the Occupied Kashmir for their right to self-determination.
Fazl said the prime minister had raised the Kashmir issued vigorously at international fora; however, the silence of international community over the killing of innocent Kashmiris was tantamount to murder of justice. On the other hand, the chief minister said Pakistan had been economically strengthened under the Nawaz government.
Talking to MPA Maulana Muhammad Rehmatullah, he said speedy development in the country had unnerved the opponents.
“On one hand, there are visionless former rulers who badly damaged economy and on the other, the sit-in group which has tried to obstruct progress” he noted.
He said the unruliness of the sit-in group damaged the nation, as it could not tolerate progress and development in the country.
“The political opponents fear that their politics will be buried once and for all with the completion of development projects, he noted.
The chief minister said the politics of unrest and turbulence had failed in the past and would not succeed in the future as well.
The people of Pakistan only wanted progress and peace and the prime minister had fulfilled every promise made with them, he added.
Meanwhile, Shahbaz said late Abdus Sattar Edhi was the real identity and asset of Pakistan, who laid down the foundation of service to humanity. He had always found inspirations from the life of Edhi who taught him how to support and help the poor, Shahbaz noted.
In his message on the first death anniversary of Edhi, the chief minister said, “We often talk about change, but change does not come about with slogans. And for this purpose, extraordinary efforts are needed and Edhi did this.”
He said Edhi was a real harbinger of change, because he served the humanity irrespective of religion, caste or colour and laid the foundation of an institution that was serving millions of people.