PML-N’s president Shehbaz Sharif discusses Pak-China cooperation with Ambassador Nong
ISLAMABAD – PML-N President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif visited Chinese Embassy here and met with the Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong on Thursday.
Former Prime Minister Shahid Kahqan Abbasi, Secretary General Ahsa n Iqbal, Senetor Mushahid Hussain and PML-N Secretary Information Marriyum Aurangzeb also accompanied him.
This was Shehbaz’s first meeting with the Chinese Ambassador after his appointment which was held in a pleasant, lively and friendly environment. Shehbaz welcomed the Ambassador and congratulated him on his appointment. He said China is like second home to Pakistanis and vice versa. He expressed the hope that this relationship between iron brothers would strengthen and deepen in coming days.
Calling China an exemplary partner and friend of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif said during Nawaz Sharif’s term in government this friendship transformed into a lasting and strong economic partnership.
This, he said marked a new era of Pakistan China ties that turned the friendship that was deeper than oceans higher than the Himalayas and sweeter than honey into a bond of iron brotherhood.
Shehbaz’s hardwork in Punjab was very impressive and praiseworthy: Nong Rong
Shehbaz while thanking China and its people said that China helped Pakistan in an exemplary way during the pandemic. From sending masks, medics and gear to donating vaccines, thus role of China should be recorded in golden words in the history, he said. He said no words could be enough to thank China for this. He said every Pakistani so proud of its Chinese brethren and only a true friend could have helped in this manner.
The PMLN President said the Belt and Road Initiative’s Flagship project CPEC is not just an instrument of prosperity for Pakistan but for the entire region.
He paid rich tributes to the resolve of President Xi Jinping and the commitment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that could transform the future of not just the people of the two countries but of the region. Nawaz Sharif made it possible only within 3 years that majority of CPEC projects were either completed or were nearing completion, he added.
All this was achieved during an ailing economy and 18 hours of power outages but China held Pakistan’s hand and took it on the path to prosperiy and development, he stated. Shehbaz expressed gratitude to Allah Almighty that the Chinese diplomats were safe in the Quetta blast. This was a conspiracy to derail the ties between two countries, he stated.
He said protection of all Chinese people in Pakistan was the responsibility of Pakistan government. The Chinese Ambassador appreciated Shehbaz visit and accorded him a warm welcome. He welcomed the delegation. He said that he already knew Shehbaz because of his Punjab Speed fame in China.
He said Shehbaz’s hardwork as CM Punjab was very impressive and praiseworthy.
Nong Rong said he could not keep himself away from praising Shehbaz for his ability to deliver because he knew this from personal experience as he was a mayor in China himself. He said the two countries can benefit from Shehbaz Sharif’s idea, methods and performance in future. Nong Rong said Nawaz Sharif was an old friend of China and Beijing does not forget its friends, he added.
He expressed good wishes for Nawaz Sharif.
The Chinese envoy said he endorsed Shehbaz’s perspective that nations cannot progress without industrialisation and industrial production.
For this the philosophy of Industrial Zones can take this vision forward, he said.
Referring to his visit to Sahiwal power project he praised it and appreciated Shehbaz Sharif’s efforts.
He said this project is considered the most speedily built project not just in Pakistan but all over the world which was inaugurated In May 2017, 6 months before it s scheduled time.
The envoy invited Shehbaz to China to attend the 100 years of Chinese Communist Party foundation in July.
Shehbaz thanked the Ambassador for the invitation and assured that Pakistan and PML-N will ensure that this day is celebrated wholeheartedly.
He also pledged that the Communist Party of China and PML-N ties will grow closer and will grow stronger.