LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the agreement signed between Solid Waste Management and the leading Turk companies for maintaining cleanliness and beautification of Lahore on the pattern of Istanbul is a milestone and will help promote economic and trade activities between both the countries. He was speaking at the departure of the Turk delegation to its country after signing of the agreement between Solid Waste Management and renowned Turk companies for solid waste management here on Friday. Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa, Provincial Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan and Chairman Planning and Development also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that negotiations were being held between Istanbul Municipality and Solid Waste Management for the last two years for restoring the natural beauty of Lahore and solid waste management in the city and the signing of the agreement has materialized this dream. He said that after Lahore, the same model will be replicated in other cities of province for disposal of garbage. He said that the agreement between Solid Waste Management and Turkey is for seven years. He said that Pakistan is a poor country with limited resources and the Turk companies have proved their love and sincerity by reducing billions of rupees in the tender price. He also thanked the acting Turkish ambassador Aishi Cane Austop for coming especially from Islamabad for the agreement. Chairman Albarak Group of Companies thanked Punjab government and said that he considered Pakistan as a second home and Lahore will soon be made a clean and beautiful city through implementation of the project. He said that sanitary conditions of Istanbul were similar to Lahore in 1992, however, the Turk Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who was the Mayor at that time played an important role in making Istanbul one of the cleanest cities of the world and the same spirit will be displayed in the beautification of Lahore. Later the Chief Minister presented gifts of paintings and calligraphy to the members of the delegation.