LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said gathering of prominent investors and industrialists of Punjab in Turkey is a historic event and will leave a far-reaching impact not only on the economy of Punjab but also of the whole country. The chief minister said this on Friday while addressing traders and industrialists who accompanied him on a visit to Turkey in Istanbul. Senior Provincial Advisor Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Minister Muhammad Ashraf Khan Sohna, Chairman Taskforce Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board Pir Saad Ehsan-ud- Din, Provincial Secretaries, Fazal Abbas Mekan, Arif Nadeem, prominent industrialist Sikandar Mustafa and a leading columnist and writer Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi. A large number of Pakistanis living in Istanbul were also present. The chief minister said all members of his team were infused with a spirit of sacrifice and three ministers accompanying him were paying the expenses of their visit from their own pocket. He said it was ironic that the nations like Germany and Japan conquered world market through hard work and commitment after devastation in the World War whereas we fought three wars and lost East Pakistan. He said it was his desire that Pakistani businessman should stay in Turkey for a few days and finalise their agreements with the local traders as well as chalk out a programme of joint ventures in Pakistan. The chief minister further said the successful tour of Pakistani traders to Turkey had encouraged him, adding the government had activated TEVTA for the assistance of industrialists. Earlier Governor of Istanbul Maummar Gular met the chief minister. He said the Turk people and rulers have a special place in their heart for the Pakistanis. During an interview with an international media organisation, Shahbaz Sharif said international investors should not shy away from investment in Pakistan. He said Pakistan would soon emerge as a peaceful and developed country. Addressing Turk investors at a reception arranged by Cola Cola International, the chief minister said Pakistan is currently facing power shortage of 3500 megawatts and there is a golden opportunity for international investment in Pakistan for meeting this deficit. Similarly, he said Pakistan is the fourth largest producer of milk and the Turk investors can achieve excellent results by investing in dairy farming sector. He said signing of MoUs between Punjab and Turkey in various sectors was not possible without personal interest of central leadership of Turkey and so much so Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan postponed his visit to Moscow for a meeting with him.