LAHORE - Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the Punjab government is ready to help other provinces in their development.

Talking to a parliamentary delegation of Balochistan, which was led by Senator Usman Khan Kakar, the CM said there was a need of collective efforts for the progress and prosperity of the country. He added the Punjab government has included students of Balochistan, KPK, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir in its educational programmes and fixed special quota in this regard.

“Where the federal government is taking solid measures for the progress of Balochistan, Punjab also gave Rs11 billion from its annual share under NFC Award to Balochistan and, as such, Rs65 billion have been given to the southwestern province during the last five years,” Shehbaz told the delegation.

He assured that all out cooperation will be provided to Balochistan in solid waste management, emergency service 1122, PHA and other sectors.

The Baloch delegation appreciated the measures taken by CM Shehbaz for the uplift of education and other social sectors. They said that Punjab government launched revolutionary programmes for the development of education sector under the leadership of Shehbaz Sharif.

The delegation was comprising Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Abdul Kahar Khan MNA, Advisor to CM Balochistan Ubaidullah Jan Babat MPA and others. Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad, Secretary Higher Education, Commissioner Lahore Division and other concerned officers were also present on the occasion.