LAHORE - Relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom will grow, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Friday.

“Pakistan and the UK enjoy cordial relations and these ties have been cemented during the tenure of PML-N government,” the CM said while talking to the UK PM’s Trade Envoy for Pakistan and MP Rehman Chishti here. Shehbaz told Chisti that different programmes for bringing improvements to social sector were being ongoing successfully in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID). Chishti praised Shehbaz Sharif for taking up revolutionary steps to overcome energy crisis, saying: “The Punjab chief minister’s efforts for overcoming energy crisis are commendable.”

“There is no doubt that the performance of CM is the best and the Punjab government has provided best facilities to its people under his leadership,” he said, adding that the UK would further promote its ties with Punjab in different sectors. Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz said British investors and companies will be welcomed to Punjab.

“A culture of transparency has been promoted by the Punjab government and records of public service have been set by the PML-N government,” the chief minister told the visiting dignitary. He added: “Instead of making any claims, we have spent every movement for development and Pakistan has got rid of of loadshedding. Meanwhile, a new history has been written by completing energy projects on a war-footing. The projects have been given practical shape and a new culture has been introduced by saving precious time and billions of rupees.”

CM takes notice over village girl’s burning

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of burning of a girl in Phalia tehsil of Mandi Bahauddin and sought a report from the DPO. He ordered authorities concerned to bring culprit to book. Also, Shehbaz Sharif expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the demise of Ibrahim Joyo. In his condolence message, he extended sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.

With the departure of Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo, Pakistani literature has deprived of a towering scholar. It is sanguine that Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo spent all his life in the field of art and literature and his literary services will be remembered till late, concluded the Chief Minister.