Lahore - A delegation of German consultants and Chinese company Metallurgical Corporation of China, that are working on the project of mineral resources in Chiniot-Rajwa, called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday where speedy progress on the project was agreed.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that the discovery of iron ore, copper and gold reserves in Chiniot-Rajwa was happy news for the Pakistani nation. He said that the mineral reserves discovered in Chiniot-Rajwa were more precious than oil and gas, adding that this project would change the destiny of the country.

The chief minister further said that the mineral resources in the area were property of 180 million people of the country.

He said that his government had launched this project from its own resources and, only in a short period of nine months, an important progress has been made on the project. “We have to march forward expeditiously with regard to this project.

The interest shown by Chinese company in setting up a steel mill in Chiniot-Rajwa is a good omen,” Shahbaz Sharif said.

He added that the project of setting up of a steel mill in the area would provide jobs to local people and the economy would flourish.

The chief executive of the province said that this project would revolutionize country’s economy, particularly of Punjab. He expressed his hope that these hidden reserves would prove a guarantee to the development of the country and the nation.

“The international laboratories have certified the high quality of mineral reserves in Chiniot-Rajwa which is great news for Pakistani nation,” Shahbaz informed.

He vowed that under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan would develop and prosper by utilizing these hidden reserves and would achieve a dignified status in the international community.