LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistan and Turkey have centuries old historic and cultural relations and people of both the countries are bound together in strong fraternal ties. He said Turkey is a sincere friend and always helped Pakistan in the hour of need. He was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of boys hostel in the main campus of Pak-Turk International School and College at Khayaban-e-Jinnah Road on Sunday. Rector Fatih University Istanbul, Prof Dr Serf Ali Tekalan, Chairman Pak-Turk Educational Foundation Unal Tosur, Regional Director Turgat Puyan, members of the high-ranking delegation from Turkey and people from different walks of life were present. The CM said schools and colleges of Pak-Turk Foundation were playing a commendable role for the promotion of quality education and the provincial government would extend all out cooperation to them for this purpose. Shahbaz Sharif said investment by Turkey in Pakistan was very encouraging, however, there was a need for further promoting economic and trade ties between the two countries. He said Punjab government was working on the project of setting up a university in the provincial metropolis with the collaboration of Fatih University Istanbul and an agreement was signed in this regard during his visit to Turkey. He said Turk experts had reached Pakistan for implementation of the agreements reached during his visit to Turkey for cooperation in different sectors. He said PakTurk Foundation School in Lahore is at par with any prestigious institution of the country and he has personally observed this fact during his visit to the school. He said he was delighted to see excellent classrooms, library and quality educational facilities in the school. Earlier, the chief minister visited different sections of the school where he was briefed about curricular and co-curricular activities. He also laid the foundation stone of boys hostel.