LAHORE: Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday strongly condemned the unprovoked firing of the Indian forces at Line of Control. He expressed sorrow and grief over the death of two women due to the firing and extended sympathies to the heirs. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured. The chief minister termed the targeting of civilian population by Indian forces as highly condemnable act and said that Indian brutal aggression has been fully exposed before the world. “Aggressive Indian designs are the threat to durable peace in the region. India should not miscalculate the bravery of Pakistan Army as the brave armed forces of Pakistan have the fullest capability to give a befitting reply to the Indian army and the whole nation stands shoulder to shoulder with their armed forces,” he said. Separately, Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif also strongly condemned the incident of firing at police officials at Zarghoon Road in Quetta. He expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of police officials and extended sympathies to the heirs of the bereaved families. He has also prayed for early recovery of the injured persons. “The nefarious activities of the terrorists cannot weaken the solid commitment and passion of the nation against terrorism and the terrorists are the menace of the society who will be eliminated forever with the power of unity,” he said. Aga Khan Trust delegation: A delegation of Aga Khan Trust for Culture called on Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday. The delegation was led by General Manager Luis Monreal. During the meeting, bilateral discussion was held regarding further expanding the program of protection and conservation of historical places. The delegation assured of providing their technical assistance with regard to conservation, repair and maintenance of Shalamar Gardens and Jahangir’s Tomb. Talking to the delegation, the chief minister appreciated various welfare-oriented steps taken by the Aga Khan Trust and added that its services in the field of education and healthcare are commendable. “The mutual cooperation between Punjab government and Aga Khan Trust is expanding. Unprecedented steps have been taken for the restoration of historical places as well as the centuries’ old walled city.A lot of benefit has been gained through the expertise of Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Punjab government shall provide all sorts of resources for Shalamar Garden and Jahangir Tomb as we only need technical assistance and expertise of the Aga Khan Trust,” he added. Luis Monreal said that support to the Punjab government with regard to restoration of historical places would be continued and expressed the satisfaction that partnership with the provincial government has remained wonderful. “This partnership will be expanded in future as well,” he added. Director of Historic Cities Programme Cameron Rashti and Chairman Board of Directors of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan Akbar Ali Pesnani were also present along with Lahore Walled City Authority DG Kamran Lashari. PM: Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif received the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Lahore Airport on Thursday. The chief secretary, the Lahore CCPO, the Lahore Division commissioner, the Operations DIG and others were also present on the occasion. CM condoles death of Zahirul Hassan Javed: Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif condoled the death of senior journalist and poet Zahirul Hassan Javed on Thursday. In his condolence message, the chief minister prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. Published in Daily Times, January 19th 2018.