OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while saying that time is to wage war against poverty has urged the SAARC countries to join hand with each other for the economic development of the region. Addressing the seminar on Energy Problems in Sounth Asian Countries, Shahbaz Sharif added that goal of economic prosperity can be achieved through acquisition of modern technology and formulation of such economic policies which could help to boost the industry. Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP) and Federation of Engineering Institutions of South & Central Asia (FIESCA) jointly organised the two-day seminar at a local hotel here on Thursday. PML (N) MNA Engineer Ahsan Iqbal was the guest of honour on the occasion. The CM said that today was the age of global interaction, adding the time has gone to wage war against each other but to fight for gaining economic development. SAARC countries should join hands in different fields particularly Pakistan and India should join hands for the economic development of the region and for the eradication of the poverty. He stressed that both countries should work for the development of the region which would give boost to the economies of both the countries as well as it would bring prosperity in the SAARC region. He said at a time when Pakistan was facing severe energy crisis, the recommendations of the conference would be helpful to address the electricity problems. He urged the SAARC countries especially to collaborate with each other in energy sector. He was of the view that huge electricity could be generated through the by-products of sugar mills; similarly, he added that the country has been blessed with billions of tons coal reserves through which thousands of megawatt could also be produced. Ahsan Iqbal said that engineers could play an important role in bridging the gap between India and Pakistan. He suggested to constitute a joint committee of engineers for the solution of the problems between Pakistan and India particularly for the solution of water issues between both the countries. He also said that there should be no political or bureaucratic interference in the technical issues from both sides. President IEP Engineer Zaffar-ud-Din Ahmed Zuberi, President FIESCA Engineer Kishore Kumar Sakhya IEP Secretary General Engineer Mian Sultan Mahmood also spoke on the occasion.