LAHORE - Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif inspected the under-construction project of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute (PKLI) after his return from London.

He inspected the construction work of first phase, issued necessary directives and reviewed the installation of medical equipments.  A meeting was also held at the site of PKLI project with the CM in the chair to review progress. Provincial Minister Khawaja Salman Rafiq, PKLI BoG President Dr Saeed Akhtar and officials concerned attended the meeting.

Earlier on his arrival at airport, the chief minister said important meetings were held with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whereas meeting with Mayor of Istanbul remained very successful. Cooperation on Saaf Pani Program, water treatment, traffic management and solid waste management were discussed during the meeting and Turkey promised cooperation in these sectors, he said, adding that cooperation in different sectors between Punjab and Turkey will be further expanded due to his meetings with Turkish leadership and other officials.

Also, the Punjab CM held a meeting at the engineering university site office of Orange Line. Talking to the media, Shehbaz slammed PIT chief Imran Khan for causing delay in the project completion. However, he pledged to complete the project at the earliest. In another meeting, Shehbaz Sharif reviewed steps taken by the government about crushing season and solution to problems of farmers. The Chief Minister vowed to protect interest of the farmers and provide them every facility will be provided to them.

Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif said that interest of the farmers is foremost to him and no one will be allowed to play with the interests of farmers’ community. No excess will be allowed to be made with the farmers, he added. While giving a deadline of tomorrow to three mills failing to start the crushing, the Chief Minister directed the IG Police that legal action be initiated against the management of such mills and added that procurement of sugarcane from the farmers as per its actual weight should be ensured at every cost. He said that strict action will be initiated on the complaint of under-weight and added that concerned officers will not remain on seats if complaint of under-weight is received because no loss of farmers will be tolerated at any cost. Shehbaz Sharif said that he will personally supervise the crushing season as well as every step taken in this regard.

He was told in the briefing that out of 40 sugar mills in the Punjab, 37 mills are engaged in crushing.

Provincial Ministers Sh. Allauddin, Bilal Yasin, Naeem Akhtar Bhaba, spokesman Punjab government Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan, Chief Secretary, ACS (Home), IG Police, secretaries of concerned departments and high officials attended the meeting.