Pakistan, China to jointly thwart any conspiracy to spoil bilateral ties

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said the state is utilizing all resources to ensure security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan.

He was talking to Counselor of the Department of External Security Affairs of China Mr Wang Daxue, who called on him in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Rana Sanaullah said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is himself supervising matters pertaining to the security of Chinese citizens.

He said all the culprits involved in Karachi terrorist attack will be given exemplary punishment.

He said a Foreign National Security Cell has been established at the Ministry of Interior, which is aimed for effective coordination to ensure security of all the foreign nationals, especially Chinese citizens, in Pakistan.

He said foolproof security arrangements have been made for Chinese nationals working on various projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The Minister said an effective coordination is being ensured between the provinces and the federal government to avert such incidents of terrorism in future. He said Pakistan and China are tied in decade-old historic relations.

During the meeting, discussions were held on bilateral relations and other matters of mutual interest. They also exchanged views on measures to ensure Chinese nationals in Pakistan.

The two sides expressed the determination that incidents like terrorism in Karachi will not affect Pakistan-China relationship. They agreed to further strengthen coordination between the Interior Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad to ensure security of the Chinese nationals in Pakistan.

The Interior Minister expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of Chinese citizens’ lives in a terrorist incident at the Karachi University.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Wang Daxue said China will continue financial and technical cooperation in ongoing development projects with Pakistan.

He said Chinese leadership gives immense importance to the relationships between the people of Pakistan and China. He expressed the determination to jointly thwart any conspiracy of miscreants to spoil Pak-China relations. He, however, wished that investigation into Karachi terrorist incident should be completed at the earliest and culprits, involved in this heinous act should be taken to the task.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Federal, Sindh govts agree to work together for development of Karachi

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister was given detailed briefing on administrative affairs and law and order situation of the province. He was also briefed on the recent incidents of terrorism in Karachi.

The Prime Minister said that the government will not allow the miscreant elements to disturb law order situation of Karachi.

The two sides agreed that the federal and provincial governments will work in collaboration for development and progress of Karachi.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PM reiterates desire to further deepen bilateral ties with EU

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says Pakistan-European Union Strategic Engagement Plan will help deepen bilateral engagement between the two sides, especially in the realms of trade, development and climate change.

Talking to President of the European Council Charles Michel in telephonic conversation on Wednesday, he said Pakistan attaches importance to its relationship with the European Union.

He reiterated his desire to further deepen and broaden the already existing bilateral cooperative ties with the EU member states.

The Prime Minister, while recalling his earlier conversation with President of the European Commission, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, expressed satisfaction over the current trajectory of Pakistan-EU bilateral exchanges and growing cooperation.

He also recalled Pakistan’s long-standing and highly fruitful economic and trade cooperation with the EU, including through the application of the GSP Plus facility, which had enabled Pakistan to enhance its trade with the EU.

On Afghanistan, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, while also highlighting its importance and urgency of taking necessary steps to avert humanitarian and economic crises in that country.

On Ukraine, the Prime Minister spoke of his concern that the ongoing conflict has implications for the developing countries, while reaffirming Pakistan’s principled position on the issue.

He urged the international community to remain engaged in the search of a diplomatic solution to the problem in accordance with the relevant multilateral agreements, international law and the UN Charter.

Shehbaz Sharif highlighted the serious situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Underlining Pakistan’s commitment to promote peace in the region, including with India, the Prime Minister stressed that peaceful resolution of the long-standing Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people, is indispensable for sustainable peace and security in South Asia.

The Prime Minister also extended a cordial invitation to the EU Council President to visit Pakistan, at an early date.

Source: Radio Pakistan