LAHORE - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman call on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, separately on Sunday.

Matters of mutual interest, promotion of inter-provincial harmony and situation of the country were discussed during the meetings.

Talking to Balochistan Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif said that there was a need for collective efforts for national progress and development. He said that Pakistan comprises four federating units and their equal development is essential for national prosperity.

He said that people of all units of the country will have to work together for elimination of poverty, unemployment and ignorance besides economic stability and there is a greater need now for concentrated efforts for progress and development of the country.

The chief minister said that all political forces should work together for national progress and development and steering the country out of crises. He said that 18 crore people of Pakistan want elimination of political jugglery and are interested only in resolution of energy crisis, elimination of terrorism, poverty and other issues.

He further said that there is a need to rise above mutual differences and move forward with the force of unity. Shahbaz Sharif said that in view of this fact, Punjab government has also included students and people of other provinces in its educational and health programmes.

He said that by including students of all units of Pakistan in its educational programme, Punjab has played an active role for promotion of national solidarity. He said that students of Balochistan, Khyebr Pakhtunkhawa, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir have been included in Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Laptop Scheme and study tours to foreign countries.

He said that participation of boy and girl students of the whole country in the educational programmes of Punjab has promoted national unity and brotherhood and this process will continue in future as well.

Dr Abdul Malik Baloch paid tributes to Chief Minister Punjab for the steps taken for the progress of the province and said that Shahbaz Sharif has worked in the real sense for development and prosperity of Punjab.

He further said that Shahbaz Sharif had also taken practical steps for the promotion of inter-provincial harmony and national unity. Earlier, Chief Minister Punjab received Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on his arrival in Lahore.

Speaking to Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, Shahbaz Sharif said that PML-N government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has achieved many successes during two and a half years and socio-economic sector has considerably improved.

He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister, economy of the country has strengthened due to solid economic policies and foreign exchange reserves are touching record level in the history of the country.

The chief minister said that all out steps are also being taken for purging the country of the menace of terrorism and overcoming the problem of shortage of energy. He said that peaceful, bright and prosperous Pakistan is the agenda of Pakistan Muslim League-N and its mission of public service will change the destiny of the nation.