LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that historic brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey have been turned into valuable economic friendship which would be further enhanced in days to come.
He was talking to a high level delegation headed by Ahmed Al-Barrak, Chairman, Board of Directors of Al-Barrak Group of Companies, Turkey, which met him here on Wednesday.
Provincial Minister Tanvir Aslam Malik, Chairman Lahore Transport Company, Kh. Ahmed Hassaan, Secretary Housing, Secretary Planning & Development, Commissioner Lahore Division and besides other concerned officials, members Board of Directors of Al-Barrak were also present on the occasion.
Matters relating to housing sector, proposed project of running Mono Rail on Canal and Metro Train Project were discussed during the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that launching of flights operation by Turkish Airlines in Pakistan is a welcome step and it will help promote economic relations. First flight of Turkish Airlines will come to Lahore in this month. He said that a number of projects are being executed successfully in various cities including Lahore with the cooperation of Turkey. He said that metro bus project is a shining example of Pak-Turk friendship. He added that Punjab government wanted to extend the scope of metro bus project to more big cities so
that maximum people could benefit from this excellent bus service as more than one and a half lakh passengers were travelling by metro buses daily.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government is planning to run mono rail on Lahore canal and it will prove to be a unique project of its kind in Pakistan.
He disclosed that the preliminary work about running mono rail on canal has been started and expressed the hope that Turk Group of Companies Al-Barrak will extend cooperation
regarding implementation of this project.
The Chief Minister said that all facilities will be provided to Turk Company in housing sector with regard to construction of low cost houses.
Ahmed Al-Barrak assured on this occasion that his group will extend all possible cooperation to Punjab government with regard to proposed project of running mono rail on canal,
metro train and housing sector. He said that besides working on these projects, technology will also be transferred to Pakistan.
He said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has the ability of working with fast speed and also thinks more forward than us. The Chief Minister was told on the occasion that the mono rail project on canal will cost less than metro bus project and it will not cause loss to the trees.
Meanwhile, General Manager of Turkish Airlines Alp Yavuzeser met the Chief Minister Punjab and apprised him of flights operation being launched by Turkish Airlines current month.