Yao Jing calls on Shah Farman discusses bilateral cooperation
PESHAWAR (News Desk): Ambassador of China to Pakistan Yao Jing Thursday called on Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shah Farman here at the Governor House. They discussed bilateral cooperation in different sectors and investment opportunities in Pakistan during the meeting. The Governor on the occasion termed China as best neighbour and friendly country of Pakistan and offered investment proposal and assistance in sectors of olive fields and fruits production in tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Governor told Chinese Ambassador that the land of tribal districts was much suitable for production of olive and fruits. He said with assistance of Chinese investors and experts the barren land of tribal districts could also be brought under cultivation.
The Governor also showed keen interest in upcoming Pakistani exhibition especially “KP Mineral Based Road Show” in China and said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was rich in mineral deposits and could get befitting response in Mineral Based Road Show in China for its mineral products. Meanwhile, China has decided to open a visa office in Peshawar to further strengthen ties with Pakistan. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing said that the step will help further boost China’s economic relations with Pakistan. He said the first small economic zone of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Rashakai will strengthen trade and cultural ties through joint ventures and exchange of delegations, adding that it will be made operational this year. In response to a question regarding Kashmir, Yao said that China supported Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stance stressed that unilateral action to change the special status of the occupied valley will not be acceptable. The Chinese envoy also underscored the need for resolving the Kashmir dispute through peaceful dialogue.
Moreover, The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative, will not be influenced by India cancelling the Kashmir’s special status and Pakistan,in close cooperation with China, was making every effort to complete the project, Pakistan Ambassador to China, Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi said on Thursday. “Pakistan will continue to work closely with China to fully promote the completion of the project,” she said in an exclusive interview with the Global Times.
Ambassador Hashmi said that the CPEC will not be affected by withdrawal of status because “both Pakistan and China are fully determined to let this project reach its potential” for benefit of the region politically, economically and socially. The infrastructure and energy sectors of the CPEC have been completed, and other projects are progressing in an orderly manner, she added. To a question, she remarked that unless India withdraws its constitutional amendments to Kashmir’s status and its troops, Pakistan will not return to the negotiating table. While commenting on reinforcement of troops deployed in Indian Occupied Kashmir, she said that India’s recent dispatch of troops to Indian Occupied Kashmir and the implementation of martial law in the local area were “to trap the local 8 million people in prison.”
“Kashmir is bleeding and in this case, we cannot open a dialogue with India.” Ambassador Hashmi said that unless India withdraws relevant laws, withdraws troops to Kashmir, cancels local curfews and resumes communications, and takes the initiative to demonstrate its sincerity in resolving Kashmir, Pakistan will not return to the negotiating table. Pakistan, she said, has never taken military measures in the Indian-Occupied Kashmir region and will not initiate military operations in the future.
“But if India attacked, Pakistan will certainly defend itself. The desire for peace does not mean weakness.” She stressed that at the same time Pakistan will continue to adopt “moral, political and diplomatic efforts to solve the current test. Earlier, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Makhdom Khusro Bakhtiar has said China had expressed its satisfaction over the speed of development work on CPEC. Talking to private news channel on Wednesday, he said Railway line project ‘ML-1’ was the most important project for development of the country.
To a question, he said the previous government of PML-N gave priority to orange line train project and ignored the development of economic zones under CPEC. No initiative had been taken in PML-N government tenure to provide gas and electricity to these economic zones, he added.