The UK High Commissioner, Dr. Christian Turner, met with the Chief Minister of Punjab, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, in his office and discussed matters of common concern.
The two sides agreed to promote cooperation in various fields, including health and technical education. The British High Commissioner expressed regret for the loss of life and property due to the floods and pledged to continue cooperation with the government of Punjab in the areas of education, health and other sectors.
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The CM appreciated the contribution of the United Kingdom to help the victims of the floods. “The provincial government appreciates British cooperation for peace and security,” he said and expressed a desire to expand bilateral relations in different fields.
The government will extend the ongoing reform program initiated with British cooperation in different sectors, he said and added that a comprehensive plan had been designed for the rehabilitation of flood-affected areas and victims.
CM Advisor Amer Saeed Raan, UK Representative to Punjab Clara Strandhoj, Political Advisor Talal Raza and Senior Development Advisor Sana Zia attended the meeting.
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Separately, the Chief Minister met with renowned religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil in his office.
Speaking on the occasion, Elahi said that religious scholars are the guardians of the country’s ideological boundaries and he highly appreciates their invaluable services to the country and the nation. He praised religious scholars for providing careful advice to the nation on important issues.
He informed Tariq Jamil that his government had decided that all government offices would take a mandatory break from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon to offer the Zuhr prayer. “We managed to incorporate the finality of the prophecy affidavit into the marriage certificate. Allah Almighty has given us the noble opportunity to serve the religion.
CM Principal Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti, MPA Hafiz Ammar Yasir, Rasikh Elahi, Yousaf Jamil, former Provincial Minister Abdul Ghafoor Mayo, Dr. Fayyaz Ranjha, former CM Principal Secretary GM Sikander and relevant officials were also present.
In addition, the chief minister on Wednesday inaugurated the pilot project of the anti-smog team of the Department of Environmental Protection in his office. This squad would include the departments of traffic police, transport and environmental protection.
The secretary of the EPD informed the CM of the functioning of the team. The CM said the anti-smog team would regularly check smoke-emitting vehicles and take action against them.
Provincial Minister of Environment and Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat and others were also present.