LAHORE - The Punjab government has decided to celebrate completion of 65 years of unprecedented friendship between Pakistan and China in an enthusiastic manner.

It was decided in a meeting presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, here yesterday. These ceremonies will start from May 19 and continue until May 23.

Besides seminars on the strong ties of friendship between Pakistan and China, a pictorial exhibition will also be arranged. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that completion of 65 years of Pak-China friendship will be celebrated in a befitting manner. He said that Pakistan and China are bound together in lasting relations of friendship.

He said that friendship between Pakistan and China has stood the test of time and China has helped Pakistan in the times of need. Pak-China friendship is exemplary, he added. Shehbaz Sharif said that China has supported Pakistan in the times of time of test and trial and Pakistani nation is thankful to Chinese leadership. He said that work is continuing on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects speedily. He said that CPEC projects are a guarantee to progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

CM okays modern sports facilities to youth: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved a comprehensive programme for providing modern sports facilities to the youth in all major cities across Punjab.

He was presiding over a meeting yesterday. The programme is part of the government project of promoting sports activities in the province as a means to not only promote culture of sports among the youth but to also curb extremist sentiments in the young generation that lead them to terrorism activity.

Under the project construction of playgrounds for carrying out various disciplines of sports particularly cricket, hockey, swimming, cycling, wrestling and athletics in addition those played indoors have been visualized.

The chief minister at the meeting also in principal gave approval to the programme of constructing sports complex in Lahore following which others on the same pattern would be set up in other cities of the province.

Shehbaz Sharif said outdoor and indoor sports facilities would be provided in sports complexes. He said that swimming pools, badminton, tennis, volleyball and other sports facilities would be provided in these sports complexes.

He said that the project of construction of sports complex is of vital importance and there is a need to execute this project expeditiously. He directed that where land is available, the construction work of sports complexes should be started immediately and the project should be furthered speedily.

Shehbaz Sharif said that like other projects of Punjab government, special attention should be paid to transparency, standard and speedy completion of the project of provision of sports facilities. He said that youth should actively participate in positive activities like sports. He said that Punjab government will provide all out resources for the promotion of sports activities among the youth.

Lahore Division Commissioner, LDA DG, DCO, former DG LDA, DG Punjab Sports Board and Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab attended the meeting.