LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Mayor of Istanbul Dr Kadir Topbas inaugurated modern radio cab service yesterday. Initially, 100 vehicles will be plied in Lahore and numbers will be increased in phases.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Shahbaz Sharif said friendship of Pakistan and Turkey was centuries old and the world knew that the hearts of people of both the countries beat together. He said that Pak-Turk friendship achieved a new dimension during the tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turk leadership Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He said that this friendship has been changed into useful economic relations and trade and investment between both the countries was increasing. He said that Albayrak Group had started investment in Punjab during previous tenure and now it reached billions of rupees.

The chief minister said that the role of brother Kadir Topbas has been prominent in increasing collaboration between Turkey and Punjab government. He thanked Albayrak Group and Kadir Topbas on launching modern taxi service and said that the service was a gift for Lahorities.

Kadir Topbas said that he has brought a message of love and sincerity of Turks for brothers of Punjab. He said that cooperation with Punjab government would continue in future. Turk Ambassador Babur S Gurgin, MNA Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmed, Kh Ahmed Hasaan, Albayrak Group Noori Albayrak and a large number of citizens attended the meeting.

Shahbaz Sharif and Kadir Topbas sat in radio cab and drove it.