Pak-Sino complements each other: NA speaker Qaiser

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 24, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The national assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser said, Tuesday, that relations between China and Pakistan were unparalleled and complementing each other in various spheres and added that these relations were based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests and that both the countries had always stood with each other in difficult times.

According to an official statement, he expressed these views while talking to the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China (PRC/China) Yao Jing who called on him in the federal capital.

NA speaker Qaiser said that China and Pakistan were partners in progress and the ongoing collaboration in diverse sectors through China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will usher in prosperity for both the countries.

He said that special economic zones (SEZs) being established under the CPEC will further generate economic activity in the country and suggested for enhancing interaction between business communities of both the countries to further strengthen the existing business relations.

NA speaker Qaiser also suggested for enhancing interaction and cooperation between parliamentary friendship groups, commerce and agriculture committees of both the parliaments.

He said that coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had affected the world and Pakistan in particular, causing a dent to the progressing economy and added that the global pandemic had affected the livelihoods of the people specially the underprivileged segments, however, immediate steps taken by the incumbent through its emergent cash and food assistance had mitigated their problems to some extent.

NA speaker Qaiser said that Pakistan immensely values Chinese medical support in the time of crisis and vowed to extend such cooperation to each other in hour of need in future too.

Later, the selyani welfare trust (SWT) chairman Maulana Muhammad Bashir Farooqi and his team joined the meeting.

Apprising the ambassador about the philanthropic activities of SWT under the stewardship of SWT chairman Farooqi, NA speaker Qaiser said that SWT had been actively engaged in relief and rehabilitation activities throughout its countrywide network in natural calamities and catastrophes.

He said that SWT has been a partner to prime minister’s initiated shelter homes and in provision of food to the destitute and asserted that since Chinese government was working in social sector development, therefore, purpose was to connect non-governmental and philanthropic organisations like SWT to supplement the Chinese efforts.

Chinese ambassador Jing said that strong and prosperous Pakistan was the real strength of China and added that Pakistan had an unrivalled importance in Chinese foreign policy and the leadership of both countries had variously demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations.

He said that parliamentary interaction could strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation and added that CPEC will undoubtedly benefit not only China and Pakistan, but the whole region.

Chinese ambassador Jing appreciated the efforts of the NA speaker and said that his Chinese embassy will definitely like to involve local development partners for enhancing its social welfare outreach besides mobilising Chinese companies operating in Balochistan.

Later, the representatives of SWT apprised about their scope of activities and informed that the organisation was working for provision of free food, medical healthcare, education and skill development to marginalised segments of the society and briefed about the ongoing electrification and skill development work in Balochistan.