LAHORE     -   US Ambassador Donald Blome called on Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi at Chief Minister’s Office here and discussed matters of mutual interest. Former federal minister Moonis Elahi and MNA Hussain Elahi were also present. It was agreed to promote partner­ship in population planning, alter­nate energy, agriculture and water management sectors. 

The CM briefed the US Ambassa­dor about public welfare initiatives and legislation for saving campuses from drugs and thanked him for extending support to Pakistan dur­ing the corona pandemic. Pakistan gives special importance to its rela­tions with the US; he said and noted that reforms were being introduced in different sectors. In this regard, US technical assistance would be welcomed, he said. The CM point­ed out that the education reforms programme of his last tenure was globally recognized and added that degree-level education, as well as textbooks, have been made free for the students. He also told the US envoy that legislation would be en­acted to rid the educational insti­tutions of drugs and US assistance would be beneficial in this regard. The CM stated that a special anti-narcotics force would be established and those giving information about the sale and purchase of drugs would be rewarded. Similarly, spe­cial courts would be set up to hold a daily trial of drug pushers. The CM stated that the Punjab government welcomes US collaboration with regard to the elimination of drugs and added that the water manage­ment programme was started in 2002 and was abandoned by the successive government.