OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said Daanish schools will open up new avenues of progress in backward and far-flung areas as the students passing out from these schools with modern education and broader vision will be able to play an effective role for a brighter future of the country. He also mentioned that the Aashiyana Housing Project had realised the dream of the poor and common to have their own house and modern residential facilities at par with the housing societies of the elite available. Welfare and solution of problems of the people is PML-Ns agenda, and rapid progress will be made for its fulfilment under the leadership of Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he said, while talking to Assembly Members from various districts as well as party leaders who met him here on Tuesday. The MPs apprised the CM of the pace of development projects and peoples problems of their respective areas. The CM observed that collective efforts were needed for the development of the country as the aim of progress and prosperity could not be achieved with foreign assistance. Pakistan has vast natural resources and their development can help achieve the goal of self-reliance as it is imperative for giving up the habit of dependence on foreign aid and achieving economic and political freedom in the real sense, he added. While talking about his visit to China, he said it was very successful and agreements of cooperation for the Lahore Mass Transit System, power generation and development of other sectors were signed during the visit. The Punjab government is working on various projects of power generation from alternative sources and the 120-megawatt hydel-power project at Taunsa with the cooperation of China is a milestone in that connection.