LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that as a proud nation we will have to give up the habit of relying on others and work with commitment and dedication for the progress and prosperity of the country. He said that we will not need foreign assistance if each and every Pakistani works tirelessly and displays courage and determination in every field. He said that representation of Pakistanis in the democratic institutions of Britain is a matter of pride for the nation. He said performance of UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries is commendable. The Chief Minister was addressing at a luncheon hosted by UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries in his honour in London Thursday. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said Pakistanis are very talented and they have achieved a significant status through their abilities in various countries. He said that if overseas Pakistanis can achieve this status by hard work, we can also follow their example for achieving self-reliance and progress and prosperity of the country. He said though billions of dollars were received in aid in the former era but its benefits did not reach the common man and the situation at present is such that Pakistans economy is under the burden of heavy debts. He said Musharraf could use foreign aid for national reconstruction, but nothing was done in this regard. He said that every Pakistani is wondering today where this foreign aid of billions of dollars and loans have gone. He said that Pakistan is facing the consequences of wrong decisions and policies of a dictator. He said accountability of those who misused foreign assistance is necessary so that facts could be revealed. He said time has come to learn from our mistakes and move ahead with a new vigour and zeal for national development and prosperity. CM further said that Punjab government has created a fovourable atmosphere for the promotion of investment in the province and an autonomous investment board has also been established which is taking all out measures to facilitate investors. He said there is vast scope of investment in livestock, dairy development and agriculture sectors as well as projects of generation of energy from coal. He said Pakistan is facing energy crisis and there is a shortfall of 5000 megawatts which is seriously affecting industrial, agricultural and other sectors. He said there are huge reserves of high grade coal in Chakwal and Mianwali. He said Punjab government is working on number of projects of generation of energy through alternate sources including hydel power and coal. He said that foreign investors can invest in the projects of power generation with coal. He said that the whole nation is united to rid the country of the scourge of terrorism and the army has conducted a successful operation in Malakand and Swat. He said situation will soon normalize with the efforts of law-enforcement agencies and the masses. President UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce of Industries and other office-bearers also addressed the function and said that there are vast opportunities of investment in different sectors in Punjab and UK-Pakistan Chamber is interested in investment in different sectors. They also paid tribute to CM Punjab for rapid development of the province and provision of a conducive atmosphere for investment in the province.