LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif remained in touch with the affairs of his government during his visit to China.

The chief minister as part of the prime minister delegation reached Chinese city of Guangzhou where Deputy Governor of Chinese province Henan and senior officials received him warmly.

During his 2-day visit, Shahbaz Sharif will attend a dinner to be hosted by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and also attend international conference of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

After landing in China yesterday, the Chief Minster continued to monitor administrative affairs of the province and issued various instructions to provincial and district authorities on telephone and email. He especially inquired about the programmes being made at the official level in the province to commemorate the martyrs of Peshawar. Issuing instructions to the concerned authorities in this regard, the chief minister said that martyrs of Peshawar tragedy are benefactors of the whole nation and they have given a new courage to the nation in the war against terrorism.

He said that commemorating the sacrifices of martyrs of Peshawar and holding functions in their honour is not only a responsibility of the government and the officials but a national obligation as well.

Earlier, talking to media at Lahore airport before departure to China, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said, during his stay in Beijing he is also scheduled to meet the Chinese investors and heads and representatives of different institutions in energy, infrastructure and agriculture sectors.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif took notice of brutal torture of a girl in Gujranwala and sought a report from RPO concerned. The CM directed the accused involved in the incident be immediately arrested and legal action be initiated against them. He further directed that best treatment facilities be provided to the affected girl and provision of justice to the aggrieved family be ensured at any cost.