LAHORE – Chief MinisterShahbaz Sharif visited the headquarters of National Police Department, Turkey, where he received guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of Turkish police. During his visit to the Headquarters, the CM was given a briefing about the working of different sections as well as the measures for curbing terrorism and controlling organized crime.

During the visit, Chief Minister accompanied by Chairman Punjab IT Board Dr. Umar Saif signed an MoU with Middle East Technical University (METU) Turkey for setting up a technical university of international standard in Lahore. It may be mentioned that METU is a leading technical university of Turkey and is considered among the top institutions of Europe.

Addressing at the National Police Department, the CM said he was much impressed with the efficiency, professionalism, and commitment of Turk police officers.

He said that educated and competent Turkish police officers are performing their responsibilities with dedication and hard work and their service to the people is a role-model. He said that it would be an honour to seek guidance and assistance from such a force for improving professionalism of the local police. He said that guideline could be sought from Turk police for setting up model stations houses in Punjab.

 The head of the Turk police informed the Chief Minister that Turkey has prepared the estimates and the requirements for further improving the system of Punjab police and a roadmap will soon be given on which further working will be started. He said that the national police of Turkey will immediately send a team of Turk police experts to Punjab to assist Punjab police in intelligence-tracking system and centralized data system for the elimination of terrorism. He said that the performance of the Elite Force is up to the required standard.

Shahbaz Sharif was given a briefing regarding intelligence, special operations, counterterrorism and eradication of organized crime.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and members of his delegation saw the relics of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Istanbul, Turkey. He also offered a special prayer. He kept standing there in respect and continued to look at the relics with tearful eyes. Turk officials informed the CM about the details of bringing these relics to Turkey and their preservation.