LAHORE - Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi had a fruitful meeting with the Governor Bukhara Mr Botir Zaripov in Uzbekistan on Monday, during which a consensus was reached on the proposal to declare Bukhara and Multan as sister cities, according to a handout. The meeting involved an exchange of ideas regarding declaring both Multan and Bukhara as sister cities, and consensus was also reached on taking necessary steps in this regard.
While conversing with Governor Botir Zaripov, the CM noted that Sufism is our shared heritage, adding that linking Multan and Bukhara as sister cities will further promote Sufism and religious culture. Pakistan and Uzbekistan are bound by historical, religious, and cultural ties; he added and mentioned that Uzbekistan has strengthened its economy through revolutionary reforms in the agricultural sector. Pakistan, especially Punjab, will benefit from Uzbekistan’s agricultural initiatives, he expressed. He emphasized utilizing Uzbekistan’s experiences in developing improved seeds for cotton and wheat cultivation. The joint committee of Punjab province and Uzbekistan will take immediate steps for agricultural cooperation; he said and noted that the road connectivity between Pakistan and Uzbekistan will boost tourism. ‘’We are determined to revitalize our agricultural economy,’’ he added. Governor Botir Zaripov welcomed Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi and his delegation upon their arrival at the Bukhara Airport and assured of full cooperation. He expressed the intention to enhance cooperation with the Punjab government in agriculture, seed development, and other sectors. Earlier, the delegation visited a modern cotton factory and cotton fields in Tashkent. The CM inspected modern machinery at the factory and cotton processing operations. He commended the use of cutting-edge technology in the cotton factory and encouraged further steps in employing modern machinery. Uzbek officials briefed the chief minister and Punjab government delegation about the benefits of using modern machinery in the cotton factory. Efforts are being made to establish similar modern cotton factories in Punjab; the CM said and vowed that cooperation with the Uzbek government will be expanded in this context. The delegation also visited cotton fields and praised the efforts of Uzbek agricultural experts in achieving better cotton yields. The CM emphasized leveraging Uzbekistan’s expertise and experience to increase cotton production in Punjab. Uzbekistan can enhance Punjab’s agriculture, he noted and further said that this visit serves as a milestone in fostering cooperation in the agri sector. The CM and his delegation members were briefed that Uzbekistan is one of the leading countries in the region for cotton production, with an average yield of 700 to 1800 kilograms per acre. Uzbekistan’s seasonal conditions align with those of Punjab. Provincial Ministers SM Tanveer, Amir Mir, chief secretary Punjab, Maj Gen Shahid, secretary agriculture Punjab, APTMA leaders Gohar Ejaz, Fawad Mukhtar, Shahid Sattar, Naseerullah and Commissioners from Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan were also present.