ISLAMABAD (News Desk): Pakistan and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for educational cooperation. The signing ceremony was held at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Saturday, media reported. The MoU was signed by Executive Director Higher Education Commission from Pakistan and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Int’l Development Cooperation Agency. Under the agreement, China will provide E-learning facility and establishment of smart schools in Pakistan.
The third round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue is being held today Saturday. Talking to media persons at Noor Khan Airbase in Islamabad earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi termed this trilateral forum as a very significant one. He said the importance of this forum will further increase with the improvement of peace and security in Afghanistan as it will open doors of economic activity and trade in the region. The Foreign Minister said Afghanistan can also benefit from multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Gwadar port. He said peace and development in Afghanistan is important for overall regional development. Earlier, KP government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of China to cooperate in different fields.
According to a spokesman of the provincial government, the MoU has been signed between provincial capital Peshawar and Xuzhou, the Capital city of Chinese Province Jiangsu. Both the provincial capitals will cooperate with each other in areas of economy and trade, agriculture, technology, culture, education, and public health. The spokesman said the province will also benefit from Xuzhou city expertise in transport and construction of economic zones. Earlier on August 28, Adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on energy and power Hamayatullah Khan on Wednesday said that the province was producing 45,000 barrel of crude oil per day.
Presiding over a meeting in connection with the production capacity of OGDCL in Peshawar, Hamayatullah said that KP was also producing 400 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd) gas and 830 tons liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) on daily basis. He said that drilling for exploration of oil and gas reserves was underway in 20 blocks across the province. Moreover, Former prime minister AJK Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said India has turned occupied Kashmir into a jail.
Addressing a press conference in National Press Club Islamabad alongside with other Kashmiri leaders, the former AJK PM said India is violating human rights in the held valley and urged the world to take notice of the matter. “Kashmiri leaders are being jailed to halt the freedom movement”, he said. Majeed paying gratitude to China, Turkey, and Iran for openly support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, said the day is not far away when Kashmir will be freed from Indian occupation.
On August 5, the Indian government had announced the scrapping of the special status of occupied Kashmir by revoking Article 370 of the Indian constitution. Curfew and other restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir has entered 20th consecutive day on Saturday.
According to the KMS, the entire occupied territory particularly the Kashmir has been turned into a military garrison as Indian troops and police personnel are deployed in every nook and corner. Earlier, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh Friday said the CPEC was the main focus of government as it was manifestation of the country’s close economic relations with its great neighbour China.
He was talking to Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, who called on him, according to a ministry press release. Dr Hafeez Shaikh told the Chinese envoy that the CPEC projects were bringing a transformation in Pakistan’s economy and all its projects were being implemented on top priority. “We value the Chinese assistance and support in building infrastructure, road networks and energy projects, and we look forward to explore more avenues for further enhancing our bilateral cooperation for regional connectivity and stability,” he added.