DEVOS - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistani students are playing an important role in research going on at European Organisation for Nuclear Research ‘CERN’ in Geneva.

He said this while visiting CERN yesterday where he was warmly received by its Director General Fabiola Gianotti.

The director general acknowledged Nobel Prize winner Pakistani scientist Dr Abdul Salam's role in establishment of the organisation.

Nawaz Sharif said Dr Abdul Salam was a great Pakistani and the nation was proud of his achievements.

He said services of Pakistani students were commendable. The prime minister also spoke to Pakistani students at CERN.

Pakistani scientists and engineers are benefitting from the organisation.

The prime minister was briefed about CERN's services in the field of science and technology.

CENRN is known as the biggest laboratory of physics in the world. Pakistan became associate member of CERN on 19th December 2014.

Earlier, talking to media in Davos, before leaving for Geneva, Prime Minister Sharif said the world leaders held positive opinion about Pakistan because of its progress on economic front.

He said the presence at the World Economic Forum provided him the opportunity to interact with the world political and business leaders and apprise them of Pakistan's economic successes.

To a question, Nawaz Sharif said his government was pursuing a progressive and forward looking agenda as per the vision of the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. “It is in this context that women are being encouraged to take active part in the country's progress and development.”

He said women had been given reasonable representation in parliament, besides other schemes for them. He pointed out that under the Youth Loan Scheme, 50 percent loans are being given to women.