LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan has lasting ties with Britain, which are being further improved with the passage of time. He lauded the efforts made by England for the promotion of socio-economic development as well as strengthening of democracy in Pakistan. He said Pakistani people have great respect for the assistance of British government for the rehabilitation of Swat affectees. He expressed these views while talking to media along with British Foreign Minister David Miliband at CM Secretariat here on Thursday. The CM said Pakistan was facing serious challenges of terrorism and extremism and will soon get rid of these problems. He said the British government was extending all out cooperation for the socio-economic uplift of the province as well as prosperity of the people. He said cooperation for the promotion of education, provision of better healthcare facilitates and improvement of law and order in the province is being expanded. He said British Department for International Development was also working on various projects for the development of backward areas of Punjab. He said assistance of 22 million pounds by England will help rehabilitate Swat effectees. British Foreign Minister, David Miliband, while talking on the occasion, said that Pakistani people were united for the eradication of terrorism and extremism and there was complete unanimity among political leaderships of Pakistan on this important national issue. He said England is the real friend of Pakistan and British government and people are standing shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan in its war against terrorism and extremism. He said England has always been supporter of democracy in Pakistan and supported the stability of democratic institutions and establishment of democratic government in Pakistan. He said DFID was working on various projects and has given an assistance of 600 million pounds for the development of various sectors for next three years in Pakistan. He said British government was making strenuous efforts regarding access of Pakistani traders to European markets so that financial problems of Pakistan could be resolved. He said majority of Pakistanis were against Talibans and was supporting government measures against war on terror. In response to a question, David Miliband said European countries were making practical measures for checking use of money earned from drugs in terrorist activities. He said due to these efforts, production of poppy had reduced by 25 per cent in Afghanistan. He said the British government wanted to work jointly with federal as well as provincial governments of Pakistan for the promotion of socio-economic uplift and maintenance of law and order. He said British government was with Pakistani government and its people for the relief and rehabilitation of Swat affectees and the process of assistance from it will continue till their complete rehabilitation.