LAHORE - Pakistan Muslim League-N leader MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has said the exemplary friendship between Pakistan and Turkey has opened up a new chapter of progress and prosperity for the people of both the countries, and the people of Punjab are proud of their historical, cultural, social and economic ties with the Turks. He was talking to the members of a delegation from Turkey at Chief Ministers Secretariat here on Tuesday. The delegation, led by Ismail Hakki, is currently on a visit to Pakistan, comprise traders and government personalities. Senior officers of Punjab government were also present on the occasion. Hamza Shahbaz said the rousing welcome accorded to the Punjab Chief Minister Muham-mad Shahbaz Sharif by the Turkish government and the people during his visit to Turkey and the agreements signed on this occasion would help strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. He said the warm welcome accorded to the Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Lahore reflected the deep rooted and cordial bonds between the two brotherly Islamic countries. He expressed the hope that the Turkish delegation would play its role in investment and promotion of trade activities in Punjab and the bond of friendship and Islamic brotherhood between the people of two countries would pave the way for development and prosperity of the people of both the countries. death anniversary 17th death anniversary of labour leader Bashir Ahmed Bakhtiar was marked on Tuesday at Bakhtiar Labour Hall under the auspicious of Pakistan WAPDA Hydro Electric Central Labour Union and Pakistan Workers Federation. A large numbers of workers participated in the ceremony and paid tribute to Bashir Bakhtair for his services to labourers. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary General of the Union Khurshid Ahmed and Chairman of Federation Talib Nawaz said that Bashir Bakhtair throughout his life worked for the welfare of depressed section of the society and low-paid workers. Khurshid said the late leader strived hard for development and progress of Pakistan and Islamic equality-based society. He was against the inequality and injustice in the society. Leaders of the Union vowed to continue struggle for the rights of workers and said that no hurdle could block their way. Workers of Union demanded to end the proposed privatisation of WAPDA and urged government to accept their demands. They said coal and hydle power station should be launched in the country to meet the power crises. Workers chanted slogans against the feudal system and demanded 100 percent raise in salaries.