Pakistan Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif meets PM, takes metro ride

Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visited Delhi Metro`s busiest Rajiv Chowk station.

IANS| Updated: Dec 12, 2013, 16:24 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visited Delhi Metro`s busiest Rajiv Chowk station.

Shahbaz, the younger brother of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, arrived here this morning on the invitation of his Punjab counterpart in India, Parkash Singh Badal.
India and Pakistan can combat poverty if both the sides resolve their differences, said Shahbaz after holding 20-minute meet with the PM.

He also extended an invitation from Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Pakistan and his village, a source told a news agency.

Shahbaz Sharif "delivered a message of goodwill from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while emphasising Pakistan`s desire to forge friendly and cooperative relations with India, in the interest of peace and prosperity of the people of the two countries and of the region", said a Pakistan High Commission statement.

The Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister also underscored the importance of resumption of dialogue and peaceful resolution of all issues.

"The meeting was cordial, constructive and forward looking."

Shahbaz Sharif was accompanied by Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi, Minister of State for Commerce Khurram Dastagir Khan and Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashood Khan besides outgoing High Commissioner Salman Bashir.

Later, Shahbaz, who launched a Metro Bus Service project in Lahore, also visited the Patel Chowk Metro station.

After taking the metro ride, Shahbaz said he had a great time and said Delhi Metro was of great benefit to travellers.

Keen to ease the power situation in his state, Shahbaz would be visiting the Timarpur-Okhla Solid Waste Management Project in Jasola and the New Delhi Mahatma Gandhi Thermal Power Plant, Jhajjar, village Khanpur Kalan, according to the Pakistan High Commission here.

He is slated to be the chief guest at the World Kabaddi Championship final in Ludhiana on Saturday.

(With Agency inputs)