LAHORE - For extending Pak-China relationship to new levels, the Punjab government has decided to set up a college for learning Chinese language in Lahore, Chief Minsiter Shahbaz Sharif announced on Saturday.

He was talking to a 10-member delegation of Chinese scholars, led by Ye Hailin, Editorial Director South Asian Studies of China Academy of Social Sciences which is an international research institution of China. The Chinese delegation called on the chief minister at his office here.

Shahbaz Sharif said the increasing economic and trade relations between Pakistan and China demands that Pakistani youth should learn Chinese language for their own convenience during contact.

He also thanked the Chinese leadership, government and the people for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said the project is a great favour of Chinese leadership to Pakistan which will always be remembered.

He also hoped that new vistas of economic cooperation between the two countries will open after the visit of Chinese president.

Implementation on this package, he assured, will be made through untiring efforts and mutual coordination for which all concerned institutions and department will have to work round the clock.

He said 50MW solar project will be completed by August 2015 under Pak-China economic corridor projects while work is continuing on 900 mw solar project under this framework which will be completed next month.

The CM said that Pakistan is facing challenge of terrorism and energy crisis and the entire nation is united to eliminate defeat both. He said that political and military leadership is on one page against terrorism.

Lauding the vision of Shahbaz Sharif, Ye Hailin said that the chief minister has proved the metal of his leadership abilities by timely completing public welfare projects throughout Punjab including Lahore. Chinese Counselor General Yu Born said that Shahbaz Sharif is the best friend of China and its people.

CM rues Rs 700m irregularities

Taking notice of the negligence made in the use of Rs700 million machinery for DHQ Hospital Dera Ghazi Khan, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has formed a high level committee to investigate the matter and fix responsibility as to why this costly remained in cartons for two years and was not installed in the hospital.

Presiding over a high level meeting through video link on here on Saturday, Shahbaz Sharif said that non-usage of machinery imported for the upgradation project of DHQ Hospital DG Khan is tantamount to committing cruelty with the people. He said that the machinery closed in cartons is a criminal negligence.

Warning of stern action, he said those who committed irregularities in the upgradation project of District Headquarters Hospital DG Khan will be awarded punishment, he affirmed.

The chief minister said that non-implementation of third-party audit policy regarding the project is also lamentable. He said that there is no justification for not using the machinery of Rs700m for providing medical facilities to the people.

Shahbaz Sharif also directed to constitute a high-powered committee for completely reviewing all matters in this regard. He ordered the chief secretary to submit a report about the non-functional machinery in the hospitals within two weeks.

The Chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection Team presented investigation report about the upgradation project of District Headquarters Hospital, DG Khan.