LAHORE -  An agreement between Punjab and China will be signed today (Thursday) for developing infrastructure and running $1.6billion Orange-line Metro Train in Lahore. The agreement signing ceremony will be held in Shanghai of China. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and National Development and Reform Commission Chairman would ink the agreement which envisages completion of 27.1km track and other allied infrastructure within 27 months.

Meanwhile, a delegation comprising Swedish parliamentarians and traders called on Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif. The Swedish delegation was led by Speaker Per Westerberg while ministers, lawmakers and prominent personalities also joined in.

Members National and Provincial Assembly, Ministers and Secretaries apprised the members of the delegation about the progress in various sectors in Pakistan. Gifts were also exchanged by Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and Speaker Swedish Parliament.

 Hamza Shahbaz Sharif gave painting of Hazoori Bagh to the guest. Members of the delegation thanked government of Pakistan on excellent hospitality.

Hamza told the visitors that Pakistan suffered a huge loss while fighting terrorism and the international community must acknowledge this fact. The government is determined to make good the loss caused by terrorism through ending poverty and turning the youth to book instead of weapon. He said democracy and democratic institutions are strengthening in the country and efforts are underway to ensure the fruits of democracy reach the masses.