LAHORE - Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the progress made by China through continuous hard work and commitment, is a role model for the world today.

The Chief Minister said this while speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by the City Council at Jinig, China.

Shahbaz Sharif said that people of Pakistan are proud of their friendship with China and value it as an asset. He said that China has proved to be a true friend of Pakistan by announcing historic package of $32 billion at a time when Pakistan was facing the worst energy crisis .

He said that a substantial portion of this package will be spent on power generation in Pakistan.

He said that China has played its due role and now it is the responsibility of Pakistani leadership to achieve the best results from this package.

Shahbaz Sharif said that as he is outside Pakistan, he would not like to mention about the failure of the former government about taking the issue of loadshedding seriously but would assure the Chinese leadership that sitting government will spare no effort in achieving self-sufficiency in energy sector with the help of its friendly countries.

He said that efforts being made by the government in energy sector are a proof of its commitment in this regard and the contract of the first 100-mw project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park has been awarded while Nandipur power project will also start production by the end of the current month after its rehabilitation. He said that he is accountable to the masses and will come up to their expectations.

The Chief Minister further said that he is thankful to the Chinese authorities, investors and people for extending warm hospitality to him and other accompanying him on every visit to China.

Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the most modern coal-based energy park in Jinig. As much as 4640 mw of electricity is produced from this energy park while the only 1000 mw coal-based power plant of the world is also a part of this energy park.

The Chief Minister visited various sections of the park for about two hours. Talking to Chinese officials and experts, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan is making all out efforts for generation of electricity from water, wind, fuel, coal, gas and other sources and requires cooperation of friendly countries like China in these sectors.

However, he said, as the cost of power generation from coal is less than that of fuel, it will help stabilise electricity tariff in the country.

Shahbaz Sharif said that transparency, speed and quality are the hallmark of energy policy of the government.