LAHORE - Sherazi brothers of Sindh called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Tuesday.

The chief minister said the PML-N government was determined to counter the challenges being faced by the country. He said the aim of national development and prosperity could only be achieved through elimination of energy crisis and extremism. He said all the political forces and the entire nation would have to unite under one platform to bring the country out of the quagmire of problems. He said selfless service to the people and their welfare was the top priority of the PML-N.

Former District Nazim Thatta Syed Shafqaat Hussain Sherazi, Member National Assembly Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Member Provincial Assembly Ijaz Sherazi and Vice President Pakistan Muslim League-N Thatta Haji Hanif Memon were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said progress of all the federating units of Pakistan was essential for national development. He said the people of the country had common joys and sorrows. He said the hearts of the people of Punjab beat in unison with their Balochi brethren and by helping the flood affectees of Balochistan, they discharged their national obligation.

He was talking to a delegation led by Balochistan Local Government Minister Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen who called on him here on Tuesday. The chief minister said Balochistan had been endowed by vast precious resources and its people were hardworking. He said the Punjab government was extending cooperation to the Balochistan government in the various sectors including education and health.

He said the people of Punjab extended wholehearted cooperation to the flood affectees of Balochistan and donated Rs50 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund while relief items of crores of rupees were also sent for the calamity-stricken people.

He said Lahore had been made a beautiful and clean city with the cooperation of Turkey and this expertise and experience would also be utilized for transforming Quetta into a more beautiful city. He said all-out cooperation would be provided for making Quetta a neat and clean city like Lahore. He welcomed the delegation of Balochistan in Punjab, especially Lahore, saying it was their second home.

Local Government Minister of Balochistan Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen said he would always remember the love and affection extended to the delegation in Lahore. He said the people of Balochistan were grateful to their Punjabi brethren for helping them in the hour of need. He said the exchange of delegations between the provinces would promote sentiments of brotherhood and unity.