CHINA AND PAKISTAN: PARTNERS IN PROGRESS: SAYS NA SPEAKER.

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Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that relations between China and Pakistan were unparalleled and complementing each other in various spheres. He said that these relations were based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests and both the countries had always stood with each other at difficult times. He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Yao Jing who called on him in Islamabad, today.

The Speaker said that China and Pakistan were partners in progress and the ongoing collaboration in diverse sectors through CPEC would usher in prosperity for both the countries. The Speaker said that Special Economic Zones being established under the CPEC would further generate economic activity in the country. He suggested for enhancing interaction between business communities of both the countries to further strengthen the existing business relations. He also suggested for enhancing interaction and cooperation between Parliamentary Friendship Groups and Commerce & Agriculture Committees of both the Parliaments.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that coronavirus pandemic had affected the world and Pakistan in particular, causing a dent to the progressing economy of the country. He said that the global pandemic had affected the livelihoods of the people specially the underprivileged segments, however, immediate steps taken by the government through its emergent cash and food assistance had mitigated their problems to some extent. He said that Pakistan immensely values Chinese medical support in the time of crisis. He vowed to extend such cooperation to each other in hour of need in future too. Later, the Chairman Selyani Welfare Trust Maulana Muhammad Bashir Farooqi and his team joined the meeting.

Apprising the Ambassador about the philanthropic activities of Selyani Welfare Trust under the stewardship of Maulana Muhammad Bashir Farooqi, the Speaker said that Selyani Welfare Trust had been actively engaged in relief and rehabilitation activities throughout its countrywide network in natural calamities and catastrophes. He said that they have been partner to the Prime Minister’s initiated of Shelter homes and provision of food to the destitute. He said that since Chinese government was working in social sector development, therefore, purpose was to connect non-governmental and philanthropic organizations like Selyani Welfare Trust to supplement the Chinese efforts.

Chinese Ambassador Mr. Yao Jing said that strong and prosperous Pakistan was the real strength of China. He said 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. He said that CPEC would undoubtedly benefit not only China and Pakistan, but the whole region. He appreciated the efforts of the Speaker and said that his Chinese Embassy would definitely like to involve local development partners for enhancing its social welfare outreach besides mobilizing Chinese companies operating in Balochistan.

Later, the Representatives of Selyani Welfare Trust apprised about their scope of activities. He informed that his organization was working for provision of free food, medical healthcare, education and skill development to marginalized segments of the society. He briefed them about the ongoing electrification and skill development work in Balochistan.

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