Pakistan raising the issue of Indian intelligence agencies involvement in terrorist acts in Pakistan has asked for Chinese support to build counter-terrorism capacity.
This was relayed to the Chinese Defense Minister General Liang Guanglie with his separate meetings with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari and Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar.
Matters of mutual interest, terrorism, regional and international security also came under discussion during the talks.
The Chinese minister appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism, assuring that China will always stand with Pakistan in time of need.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in his meeting with the Chinese defense minister said Pakistan has a good evidence of involvement of Indian intelligence agencies in sponsoring militancy and acts of terrorism in Pakistan from Afghanistan.
He said that the increase of UN/NATO troops in South and East Afghanistan is creating problems in Balochistan. Pakistan has the will and the resolve to deal with these problems. He said however, we need Chinese support to build our counter-terrorism capacity.
The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan highly values Chinese support and cooperation. He said that China and Pakistan share common perceptions on regional and international security and strategic issues. He added that Pakistan-China Defense and Security interaction is playing positive role in this direction.
Expressing satisfaction over the progress of JF-17 and F22-P projects, the Prime Minister observed that the induction of 1st F22-P Frigate, PNS Zulfiqar into Pakistan Navy (The first brand new ship ever to enter PN) and PNS SHAMSHER has enhanced the professional capabilities to safeguard the territorial waters of the country.
The Prime Minister appreciated regular communication between Pakistan military and the PLA. He appreciated the gesture of the China side in extending credit facilities to Pakistan Armed Forces for purchase of defence equipment. He also appreciated that the companies like China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) and China National Electronic Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) etc are offering the credit to Pakistan Armed Forces.
He also underlined the urgent requirements of Pakistan defense forces including the helicopters and night vision devices for effective operations against the militants.
The Prime Minister urged more exchanges of training and goodwill visits between the armed forces of the two countries.
The Prime Minister offered condolence at the destruction and loss of human life by the recent earthquake in the Qinghai province in China. He expressed the confidence that the brave and resolute Chinese people will overcome the effects of this natural calamity and also expressed the resolve that Pakistan stands with the Chinese brethren in these testing times.
The Prime Minister congratulated him Chinese administration on the excellent conduct of 60th Anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China and impressive opening ceremony of the ongoing Shanghai EXPO-2010. He also wished him good luck and success for the excellent conduct of upcoming Asian Games 2010.
He thanked the Chinese Government for allowing the opening of Khunjerab Pass after the Hunza landslide in January 2010.
The Prime Minister assured that the Government of Pakistan is according highest priority to the security of Chinese nationals. He added that there is close contact with the Chinese Ambassador in Islamabad for coordination in this regard
Meanwhile President Asif Ali Zardari called for taking Sino- Pak bilateral trade, defence and commercial ties to new heights as the friendship between the two countries has matured into a comprehensive strategic partnership. “Strengthening and enhancing cooperation with China in all fields is one of the key principles guiding Pakistan’s foreign policy”.
Mr. Luo Zhaohui, Chinese ambassador in Pakistan was also present at the meeting of the 11 member Chinese defence delegation with the President.
From Pakistani side, those who attended the meeting included Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Defence Minister, Mr. Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi, Minister for Defence Production, Mr. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, federal secretaries of defence, defence production and foreign affairs and other senior government officials.
Sino – Pak bilateral relations, Defence cooperation, regional issues and Pakistan’s fight against militancy and extremism came under discussion during the meeting.
The President while referring to his previous four visits to China said that Pakistan was keen to learn from the Chinese economic and development miracle and benefit from its expertise in diverse areas of defence, energy, industry, agriculture, communications and commerce and trade. He said that the current level of bilateral trade is much below the available potential and urged for jacking it up to $ 15 billion by 2011.
Referring to the Sino-Pak ‘s time- tested friendship, the President said that these are solidly anchored on convergence of strategic interests, high degree of mutual trust and are driven by an abiding interest in progress and prosperity of each other as well as promotion of peace and stability in the region.
The President thanked the Chinese government and leadership for its proactive role in socio economic development and strategic stability of Pakistan. Appreciating the contributions of Chinese nationals, engineers and workers, for economic development of Pakistan, the President said that the Government of Pakistan accords highest priority to the security of Chinese nationals.
“Pakistan feels that China is a factor of stability in the region and together we would continue our common endeavors for building a better future for our peoples and promoting international peace, stability and prosperity,” the President said.
The President said that the region is facing a common challenge posed by extremism, militancy and terrorism and reiterated that the democratic government in Pakistan is committed to curb this menace of militancy and extremism at every cost.
The President during the meeting also offered condolences at the destruction and loss of human lives by the recent earthquake in the Qinghai province of China.
General liang Guanglie, Chinese defence Minister lauded the Pakistani people, government and the security Forces for their valiant struggle against terrorism and violent extremism. He assured China’s continued support in diverse fields including bilateral defence collaboration.