LAHORE - Turkish Ambassador in Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at Chief Ministers Secretariat, here on Thursday. Matters of mutual interest as well as cooperation in various sectors were discussed in the meeting. Honorary Consul General of Turkey, Mian Tajammal Hussain, Member Provincial Assembly, Col. (r) Shuja Khanzada, Home Secretary Punjab and Capital City Police Officer Lahore were also present on the occasion. Talking to the Turkish Ambassador, the CM said Turkey and Pakistan were bound in strong friendship ties. He said cooperation in trade and economic sectors between Turkey and Pakistan was the need of the hour for cementing bilateral relations. Turkey has made progress in different sectors and the Punjab government wants to benefit from its skill and expertise. There is a wide scope of cooperation in different sectors in Punjab and provincial government is working on alternate sources of power generation, he said, while adding that the Taunsa Barrage Hydel Project was being implemented which would generate 120-megawatt energy. Turkey has technical expertise in hydel power projects and it can extend assistance in setting up such projects at different places in the Punjab. There are large reserves of high grade coal in Chakwal and Mianwali and the government is working on different projects of generation of energy with coal, he added. Shahbaz Sharif further said the Punjab government had created a favourable atmosphere for foreign investment in the province and all out encouragement was being extended to foreign entrepreneurs. While thanking the Turkish Ambassador on his offer of training of Police, the CM said the Punjab government was giving top priority to maintenance of law and order and protection of life and property of citizens and training on modern lines was being imparted to Police force for this purpose. Besides training of the Elite Force on modern lines, it is also being equipped with the latest weapons. A committee has also been set up for this purpose under Col. (r) Shuja Khanzada, he said, while directing Shuja Khanzada to hold detailed talks with officers concerned in Turkish embassy for Police training and requirements in this regard. The CM said a joint business conference of Pakistan and Turkey would be arranged for promotion of trade and economic relations. He said that the Punjab government would host the conference. He said the Turkish Prime Minister was coming on a visit to Pakistan, and the Punjab government would be glad to have the honour play host to him in Lahore. He thanked Turkish Ambassador on invitation to visit Ankara. Mustafa Babur Hizlan said there were strong historical and cultural relations between Turkey and Pakistan and the people of both the countries had deep love for each other. Turkey is interested in cooperation in different sectors in Punjab and bilateral cooperation will be promoted, he added.