Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday announced Rs10 million financial assistance to the kin of Sabir Hussain, a security official martyred in an operation against extremists. The government also announced financial assistance for the security personnel injured in the operation. They would get Rs1 million each. Shahbaz praised the law enforcement agencies. “The law enforcement agencies executed the operation with a high degree of professionalism and have set an example with their fortitude and gallantry,” he said.
Separately, the government and a consortium of German companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday. Under the agreement, the consortium would ensure quality standards of the Chiniot-Rajwa iron ore project. The consortium would also provide resident supervision. Mines and Minerals Secretary Dr Arshad Mehmood and GEOS Managing Director Jurgen Hartsch signed the agreement. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion.
Shahbaz Sharif welcomed the agreement and said that the project was of national importance. He said that the iron ore reserves in the area were as important as oil and gas reserves. Sharif said that Punjab’s mineral wealth would be exploited for strengthening the economy.
The chief minister said German technology was world class. Sharif said that other proposals of cooperating with GEOS would also be considered. The German delegation said that high standards of quality would be maintained at the project. Members of the delegation praised the chief minister’s working style.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2014.