LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the country is facing enormous challenges but these could be overcome by joint efforts and collective wisdom.

He was talking to the participants of Security and War Course of the National Defence University in a meeting at his office.

Separately, the CM was reported as saying that yesterday’s jihadis have become today’s terrorists.

Chinese companies discuss co-op:

Delegations of two Chinese companies, China Civil Engineering Corporation and Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Company, met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Monday (today). The delegations were led by Overseas Director General Wang Hui and Chairman Qiu Yafu.

Views were exchanged at the meeting for cooperation in various infrastructure projects, including bus rapid transport system and textile industry.

Talking to the delegation of Chinese Civil Engineering Corporation, the chief minister said the Punjab government had taken revolutionary steps for infrastructure development and was providing all-out facilities to foreign investors. He sought cooperation of the engineering corporation in infrastructure sector. He said the project of running underground train from Data Darbar to the railway station would be a revolutionary step whereas the project of BRT in Rawalpindi would result in provision of modern and comfortable travelling facilities to the citizens.

The chief minister said modern infrastructure was vital for promotion of trade and economic activities and the government had allocated billions of rupees for this sector. While thanking the Chinese company for showing interest in the Lahore underground train project, Metro Bus Project Rawalpindi and others, the chief minister assured them the Punjab government would provide a favourable atmosphere as well as maximum facilities for the projects.

The delegation head, Wang Hui, while appreciating the standard of the projects in infrastructure sector, said his company was willing to extend cooperation to the Punjab government in infrastructure sector and evolve a strategy soon for this purposes.

Talking to the delegation of Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Company, the chief minister said Pakistan was one of the biggest cotton producing countries and cotton production could be increased by benefitting from Chinese technology. He stressed the need for promoting trade and economic cooperation between China and Pakistan. He was sure that exports of Pakistan would increase if GSP status was granted to the country.

Shahbaz Sharif said vast opportunities of cooperation existed in garment industry in Punjab. He disclosed the Punjab government was working on the project of setting up a garment city on the Motorway near Kala Shah Kaku where maximum facilities would be provided to foreign and local investors.

The head of the Chinese delegation, while expressing his views on the occasion, said an industrial zone could be established with collaboration between textile group of China and the Punjab government, adding his company wanted to extend cooperation to the Punjab in the textile sector.

MNAs Haji Akram Ansari and Ch Asim Nazir, Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan, additional chief secretary, secretary communication & works, secretary industries, the Punjab Investment Board chairman, prominent industrialists, the LDA DG and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion.