LAHORE - Turkish Al-bayrak Group of Companies has agreed to the help Punjab in infrastructural development, transport and engineering sectors.

A delegation of the led by Ahmet Al-bayrak met Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here yesterday and agreed to this effect. On the occasion, the chief minister said that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey are strengthening with the passage of time and hearts of the people of both the countries beat together. He said that a number of Turk companies are investing in various sectors in Punjab and the increasing investment by Turk companies is helping in promotion of economic cooperation between Turkey and Pakistan.

Shahbaz Sharif said that a conducive atmosphere for investment has been created in Punjab. He said that transparency, standard and speed are ensured in the implementation of projects.

The members of the Turk delegation said that they want to work with Punjab government and benefit from the investment opportunities available in the province.

They said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has worked very hard for the development of the province and due to his efforts Punjab is moving towards progress and development. The Turk delegation further said that Lahore seems at par with Istanbul with regard to cleanliness.

Archaeological accord: The Punjab Archaeology Department and COMSATS Institution have signed an agreement to preserve historical heritage of Harappa and setting up of arts and craft village and international standard museum.

In the presence of Provincial Minister for Education and Archeology Department Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Director General Archeology and Director COMSATS Sahiwal Campus signed the agreement in a special function at Lahore Museum on Thursday.

This is the first example of project of conservation of remnants and changing them into an international standard tourist center under private public partnership in Punjab.

Provincial Minister for Archeology Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Secretary Archeology Humayon Mazhar Sheikh, Director Archeology Saleem-ul-Haq, Director Lahore Museum Sumaira Samad, students working on Harappa project and a large number of citizens were present on the occasion.

In his address, Rana Mashhood said that relics of Harappa were in the possession of local people up to 2011 and Punjab government took them into its possession and started work of construction of boundary wall there.

He said that Punjab government reviewed models of historic tourism places running with the help of private sector in Egypt, India, Japan, Sri Lanka and other countries and decided to convert Harappa into such a model.

The minister said that cooperation of COMSATS was sought in this sector and its History and Culture Department accepted the offer and started work on this huge project with the help of its girl and boy students.

After signing of an MoU in 2013, today both the institutions have formally signed the project.

Rana Mashhood said that this is a pilot project and more land of Harappa having the possibility of relics is being acquired for this project. He said that an exhibition was held in the museum on Discovery of Harappa, a few days ago, for highlighting the importance of Harappa.

The minister directed officials of Archeology Department to prepare best documentary of Harappa so that tourists from all over the world should view the civilization of the past through this documentary. He said that international standard museum will be set up in Harappa for the conservation and exhibition of coins, pots, musical instruments and other items discovered from Harappa.

He said that remains of Harappa are great asset of the region and excellent past of the area. He said that Chief Minister has inaugurated double decker tourist bus service the other day and through these steps, soft image of Pakistan is being highlighted throughout the world.