LAHORE - British Minister for Justice, Jack Straw, on Monday called on Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, at Chief Minister's Secretariat and discussed with him matters of mutual interest. Talking to the distinguished guest, Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that solid measures have been taken for development of the province and solution of people's problems. He said that due attention was being paid to the provision of quality education, health and other basic facilities to the masses. The CM further said that all out efforts were being made for the promotion of economic activities in the province and full patronage was being provided to foreign investors. He added that Pakistan was facing the challenge of terrorism which was hampering its economic development. He said that a free judiciary was also essential for the provision of justice to the masses. He also apprised the British Minister of developmental activities in the province. Shahbaz said that Pakistan and Britain had deep-rooted relations which would further grow through trade and economic cooperation. The chief minister said that Pakistan was frontline ally in the war on terror but no intervention in border areas would be tolerated. Speaking on the occasion, Jack Straw said that Britain wanted to see Pakistan as a strong and stable country. He said that bilateral relations between the two countries would further be strengthened. British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Provincial Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah, Minister for Minorities' Affairs Kamran Michael, Chief Secretary Punjab, Home Secretary, Advocate General of Punjab, Haroon Khawaja, MNA Anusha Rehman and MPA Zeb Jaffar were also present on the occasion. Our Monitoring Desk adds: A meeting between President Supreme Court Bar Association, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and British Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw was held in Lahore on Monday. Taking to media after the meeting, Aitzaz Ahsan said that he could not give details of the issues discussed in the meeting. However, he said, "Everyone knows what has been done with judiciary in Pakistan and the bahaviour that the US and the UK have shown on the issue." He said that the lawyers' movement had achieved several landmarks. He said that the leading political parties signed Murree Accord on March-9; then the Islamabad Declaration was signed on August-7; and afterwards, an announcement was made that deposed judges would be reinstated within 24 hours after Pervez Musharraf left the presidency. But, unfortunately, promises were not fulfilled, Aitzaz said adding, "What can be done if someone denies to honour one's words?" To a question about future of lawyers' movement, the SCBA President said, "It will continue until all judges including Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry are reinstated." He further said that the movement was participated by citizens of every class, and it was aimed at reinstating the deposed judges and restoring an independent judiciary in the country. Commenting on a statement by Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek about the proposed constitutional package, Aitzaz said that the minister had first adopted the Murre Declaration, then he (Naek) advocated the constitutional package for almost four months, but now a few judges were being appointed under a fresh oath without bringing any constitutional package or introducing any constitutional amendment as it had been stated initially.  He went on to say that reappointment of the deposed judges was not possible without the pressure asserted by the lawyers' movement.