Pak, China agree to hold Parliamentary security dialogue in Kashgar in July 2014

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has proposed to initiate a Parliamentary Security Dialogue between China and Pakistan to discuss the regional situation particularly in post- US withdrawal from Afghanistan next year.

He said that the post-2014 situation is important for the countries bordering Afghanistan particularly China and Pakistan. Senator Mushahid floated this proposal during meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence with the 11-member Chinese Parliamentary delegation headed by Wang Zhengwei Vice Chairman 12th CPPCC National Committee, and Minister, State Ethnic Affairs Commission.

He said that Pakistan and China have a commonality of opinion on issues of regional and global significance and both are strong strategic partners. Commencement of the dialogue will enable the two to have mutual understanding on dealing with post-2014 situation.

At the outset, Senator Mushahid gave a brief overview of the working and composition of the Senate Defence Committee and observed that issues of national, regional and global significance were being discussed and debated by the committee thoroughly involving experts and scholars.

About Pak-China relations Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed remarked that Pakistan enjoys a time tested and all weather friendship with China and expressed the hope that relations between the two neighboring countries would grow in future.He termed the speech of Chinese President as important one which would help boost regional cooperation and people to people contacts.

Leader of the Chinese Parliamentary delegation agreed with the views of Senator Mushahid. He said that the proposal of Parliamentary Security Dialogue would be an important initiative and would enable Pakistan and China to mutually work for security, development and stability.

He underscored the need to step up cooperation to eradicate roots of terrorism. He also highlighted the significance of bilateral cooperation and friendly ties with Pakistan.

Wang also extended an invitation to Senate Standing Committee on Defence to visit China which accepted by the Committee.

During the meeting of the Senate Defence Committee with the Chinese delegation,the two sides reached a broad consensus on three fundamental points regarding a common vision for the future strategic partnership between Pakistan and China.

First, both sides have a common enemy in the ‘evil forces of terrorism, extremism and separatism’, so both should have a joint strategy to confront such a common enemy of humanity. Second, both countries should give priority to promoting economic development, to raise living standards of people to build a better life and help in poverty alleviation. Third, both countries want stability at home and in their vicinity, as without stability there can neither be security nor any development.

Senators Shujaat Hussain, Farhatuallh Babar, Sardar Ali Khan, Haji Adeel and Syed Tahir Hussain Mashahdi, Chinese Ambassador and senior officers of the Senate were also present during the meeting. Senator Mushahid Hussain also hosted a reception in honour of the delegation which was attended by Senators from different political parties.