LAHORE - The Punjab government is paying special attention to the timely completion of public welfare projects, according to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

He was discussing the Orange Line Metro Train project with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Governor House on Saturday. He told the prime minister that the construction work of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project has already been started.

The CM, on behalf of Pakistani nation, thanked the Chinese government and people on this great gift.

“After successful launching of metro bus service in Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad, first metro train project of Pakistan is a revolutionary step for providing quality, speedy and comfortable travelling facility to the people in Lahore,” Shahbaz said.

Due to the combination of metro train and metro bus, citizens will feel comfortably travel in air-conditioned metro train of international standard, he added. “Citizens will not only rid of inconvenience of waiting in queues for transport but will also not quarrel over fares.

“Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project will bring a revolution in transport system. Metro bus projects are glorious example of spending national resources over the people and they are witness to it.”

Saudi envoy meets CM: Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday and discussed matters of mutual interest and promotion of bilateral relations.

“Saudi Arabia is a great friend of Pakistan which has always supported Pakistan in every hour of trial,” Shahbaz Sharif said adding that people of both the countries have deep affiliation with each other. “Pakistan gives great importance to the brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia, which are changing into useful economic contacts.

Saudi Arabia has always helped Pakistan during war, peace, earthquake, flood or any other natural calamity, the CM said and added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also wants to further strengthen relations with Saudi Arabia.

Expressing deep sense of sorrow and grief with Saudi Ambassador over the deaths of Haj pilgrims in Mina stampede, Shahbaz Sharif told the Saudi envoy that people of Pakistan are deeply grieved over the tragedy and equally share the grief of bereaved families.

The Saudi said that the kingdom gives special importance to the relations with Pakistan and these relations are further strengthening between both the countries.

He said that Shahbaz Sharif has written new chapters of development and prosperity in his rule of Punjab. Saudi Arabia extended cooperation to its brotherly country Pakistan in the past and will continue in future as well, he added.