Friendship with China a cornerstones of Pak policy: Chairman Senate

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has said that Pak-China relations are deeply imbedded in the hearts and minds of our two nations and friendship with China is one of the corner stones of Pakistan’s foreign policy, and we are very keen to add more value, depth and substance to our bilateral relations through increased cooperation, interaction and strong partnerships at all levels.

He expressed these views at a reception hosted in honour of the eleven members Chinese parliamentary delegation lead by Wang Zhengwei Vice Chairman 12th CPPCC National Committee, and Minister, State Ethnic Affairs Commission.

“Your visit is a commendable gesture of goodwill and a manifestation of our shared keenness to pursue a more substantive bilateral agenda” the Senate Chairman remarked, adding that it will certainly go a long way in our common and constant endeavour to augment the bond of friendship and cooperation that binds our two countries. Chairman Senate said that there are concrete opportunities for furthering mutually-beneficial bilateral relations, particularly in the sectors of agriculture, irrigation, energy, railways and infrastructure development.

Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari  said that the invaluable interaction between Pakistani and Chinese legislators would go a long way towards further deepening our already close and fraternal ties, besides augmenting inter-parliamentary relations.

Enhanced cooperation between our Parliaments is very essential to bring people closer and strengthen our bilateral ties. Leader of Chinese Parliamentary Delegation also underscore the need for enhanced cooperation between CPPCC and Senate and observed that the cooperation between two institutions is on very positive trajectory. He invited Chairman Senate to visit China with a Parliamentary Delegation.

Nayyer Bokhari expressed his confidence that Pak-China relations, which have withstood regional and global tests, will continue to flourish in the days ahead and move from generation to generation and strength to strength.

Earlier the Chinese parliamentary delegation met Chairman Senate at the Parliament House and exchanged views on matters of mutual interests and bilateral importance. The Chairman Senate observed that Pakistan enjoys a time tested friendship with china at all levels.

He underscored the need for more people to people contacts and enhanced parliamentary cooperation to further boost the mutual ties. He expressed satisfaction over the increase in trade volume and appreciated Chinese support in different sectors    particularly the assistance provided for rehabilitation of affectees of earthquake in Balochistan province and Attaabad Lake in Gilgit Baltistan.

The Chairman Senate observed that high level interaction between two countries is a hall mark of Pakistan friendship with China and is indicative of the desire of the top leadership in both countries to further reinforce the existing brotherly and time tested strategic partnership between Pakistan and China.

Leader of the Chinese Parliamentary Delegation thanked Chairman Senate and others members of the Senate for the warm welcome. He said that China and Pakistan enjoy a long time friendship and are good partners and good brothers. He expressed special gratitude for the support on China’s core interests. He also highlighted the importance of Pak-China economic corridor which would contribute to further expending economic and trade cooperation.

Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, while welcoming the delegation, observed that China is an economic development model and relationship between Pakistan and China is getting stronger and stronger. He also mentioned the recent visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and said that several agreements have been signed and cooperation between the two will continue on all important matters as it is a relationship between people of the two countries.

Leader of the Opposition Senator Aetezaz Ahsan endorsed the views of Chairman Senate and Leader of the House in the Senate. He said that there exists a unanimity of opinion among all the political forces as far as friendship with China is concerned and we want to see strong, powerful, and economically developed China.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Senator Dr. Saeeda iqbal also highlighted the importance of Pak-China friendship. They observed that people have love and regard for leadership and people of China.  Dr. Saeeda Iqbal said that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the pioneer to lay foundations of Pak-China friendship.

Leader of Chinese delegation reciprocated the sentiments of Chairman Senate and other members of the Senate. He expressed his satisfaction to visit Pakistan and observed that the purpose of the visit is to further strengthen cooperation in different fields. He expressed well wishes to the leadership and people of Pakistan.

Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizanjo and Secretary Senate Amjad Pervez were also present during the meeting.  Upon arrival at the Parliament House, the delegation was received by Secretary Senate Amjad Pervez and Senior Officers of the Senate. NNI