LAHORE Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said there is a need of converting the existing brotherly ties between Pakistan and Turkey into trade and investment. The agreement signed between the Punjab government and Istanbul Municipality in the solid waste sector is the first step towards this long journey. A university will be set up in Lahore with the collaboration of Turkey for which the Punjab government will provide land free of cost. Time has come that businessmen of Turkey, Pakistan and Punjab should enhance their bilateral relations which will be beneficial for the people of both the countries, he said while addressing an inaugural ceremony of Pak-Turk Business Forum under the aegis of Pak-Turk Businessmen Association at a local hotel on Saturday. Honorary Consul General of Turkey, Mian Tajammul Hussain, Members of National and Provincial Assemblies and a large number of Pakistani and Turkish investors were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that religious, cultural and historical ties exist between Pakistan and Turkey. He said that Turk brethren never forget to mention the cooperation extended by the Muslims of subcontinent during the freedom movement of Turkey but Turkey is such a sincere friend of Pakistan which has supported it in every hour of trial. He said that the assistance extended by Turk government, people and investors to Pakistani brethren during earthquake and flood cannot be forgotten. He said that hundreds of investors of Turkey left their families and celebrated Eid ul Azha with their Pakistani sisters and brothers during flood which was unprecedented in the history of the country. The Chief Minister said that he salutes the love of Turk brethren with Pakistan and Pakistani people. He said that the hearts of the people of Pakistan and Turkey throb together and these brotherly relations should be visible in every walk of life. He said that Turkey has made an exemplary progress with the untiring efforts of leadership of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyab Ardagan and the people that is why Turkey has become 15th strongest economy of the world. He said that exports of Turkey are 114 billion dollars while Pakistans exports are 20 to 25 billion dollars. He said that we can strengthen our economy by adopting the development and progress of Turkey as a model. He said that Pak-Turk Education Foundation is playing an important role in the promotion of quality education in Punjab and now a university would also be established in the provincial metropolis with the collaboration of Turkey. Head of trade delegation of Turkey visiting Punjab Mr. Resul Secilmis, addressing the function said that Pak-Turk Businessmen Association is playing an important role for enhancing relations between investors of Turkey and Pakistan and the Turkish trade delegation will consider the prospects of promoting mutual trade and investment by meeting with the prominent trade, investment and business personalities of Pakistan.