LAHORE -  Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman thanked Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for extending cooperation to the GB in education, health and other sectors of development.

Hafiz Hafeez who called on Shehbaz Sharif yesterday greeted him on his unopposed election as PML-N Punjab president and commended his abilities in completing public welfare projects in a record period.

“Public service of Shehbaz Sharif is unprecedented,” he said and thanked the Punjab government for providing his area every help in education, health, technical training and other social sectors, and provision of medicines.

He said Punjab government has always supported people of Gilgit Baltistan and praised the CM for allocating special quota and scholarships for the boy and girl students of Gilgit Baltistan in educational institutions and medical colleges of Punjab.

Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif said that people of Gilgit Baltistan are our brothers and sisters and Punjab government will continue its cooperation in education, health and other sectors. He said that special quota has been fixed for boy and girl students of Gilgit Baltistan in educational institutions and medical colleges of Punjab and special scholarships are being given to them for higher education.

He said that Punjab government will provide CT scan machine to Gilgit Baltistan government. These steps of Punjab government have resulted in promotion of brotherhood, unity and harmony, he added.

Shehbaz Sharif said that service to the people is his mission and politics of service is the pivot of Pakistan Muslim League-N. He said that protection of interests of Pakistan is top priority and we all have to work jointly for the progress and prosperity of the country.

The chief minister said that earlier, some elements failed to mislead the people for their personal interests and they will meet the same fate in future as well. He said that these elements have been defeated in local bodies elections, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and bye-elections after general elections. He said that sit-in politics damaged the country’s economy in 2014.

He said that talking to lockdown Islamabad is a conspiracy to stop the journey of progress of the country and prosperity of the people. He said that now conscious people will not allow anyone to create hurdles in the journey of prosperous Pakistan.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is making speedy progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the destiny of the country is going to change in next 18 months. Darkness will be removed and Pakistan will achieve its lost status in the comity of nations, he added.

He said that all projects in the country including Metro Bus, Lahore Orange Line Metro Train, Safe City Project, energy projects and all other development projects are unprecedented with regard to transparency. He said that all conspiracies aimed at stopping development process and lock downing Islamabad will be failed.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa former governor Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi met Shehbaz Sharif, yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that Pakistan is all of us and we all have to work together for its progress and prosperity. He said that stubbornness has caused great loss to the country and joint efforts are needed to move it forward.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government has always promoted national harmony, decency and accommodation. He said that work is being carried out on public welfare projects at a cost of billions of rupees but some political elements are out to stop the development of the country.