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Fawad Terms PM Imran Visit To China A Big Success

Islamabad (November 05, 2018): Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary has termed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China as successful and said that historic agreements in diverse fields were signed between the two countries. 

Talking to the media in Islamabad, Fawad said, “China has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times and that Khan’s visit to China has further strengthened these strategic relations.”

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“Pakistan and China will open new doors of cooperation in the fields of agriculture and industries”, he added.

The minister pointed out that both the sides have agreed to do trade in Chinese currency which will help reduce the burden on our foreign exchange reserves in dollar.

He said that the finance minister and the Minister for Planning will brief about the Chinese economic package and cooperation on their return to the country.

Talking about the recent protest, he said that those who were spreading hate in the name of religion have nothing to do with it.

“The protesters were damaging property in the name of Islam, but had no moral standing.”

“Those who were spreading hate in the name of religion have nothing to do with it,” he added.He further said, “The protesters did not leave a child fruit vendor nor a poor rickshaw driver. Women were disrespected and vehicles were set on fire. They stole bananas from a child and you can judge their moral standing from that.”

Regarding the agreement between the government and the protesters which led to an end to the sit-ins across the country, Chaudhry said, “There were two ways to deal with the protesters.”

“If we sent forces then it would have been said that the government transgressed. We had to make the situation across the country return to normal and should be credited for resolving the issue wisely,” the information minister further said.

“We want to resolve issues and will have to end sit-ins as it is not acceptable that two to three thousand people shutdown a city,” he added.

Further, Chaudhry said, “Prime Minster Imran Khan truly loves Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and has never even worn shoes while landing in Medina. He does not need a certificate from anyone.”Stating that “the state of Medina is our model”, the information minister said, “We will give all citizens, including minorities, their rights.”

The government has directed all provinces to submit data regarding damage to property during the protests and provide details of the rioters by tonight.

Chaudhry also thanked the opposition for their support when the protests were being staged. He also assured that those whose property was damaged by the protesters will be compensated.

Speaking about social media, the information minister said, “Facebook cooperated with us but we are facing issues with Twitter. We do not want to ban social media but they should cooperate on matters of religious hate.”

‘Some Pakistani politicians should be sent to space’
Speaking about Pakistan’s space mission, the information minister said, “There are some politicians who are creating chaos on ground and should be sent to space.”

“I will ask SUPARCO to ensure that once these politicians go to space, they cannot return,” he added.

‘Opposition should not expect us to back-off from cases’
Further, Chaudhry said, “We do not have any big fight with opposition parties.”

“Our only point of contention is that the opposition wants NRO and we cannot give that.”

He continued, “The opposition wants that corruption cases against them should not be taken forward and the All Parties Conference (APC) is also taking place for this reason. But this is Pakistan’s money and has to be returned.”

“Nobody should expect us to stop or back-off from the cases,” Chaudhry asserted.“In the past, accountability was used for politics. However, the current government is not using accountability as a political means on any level,” he added.

“PM Imran is a leader who needs no favours. He will not even take one rupee and neither will his children,” the information minister said.

Earlier on November 03, Pakistan and China signed fifteen agreements and MoUs for cooperation in diverse fields.

Prime Minister Imran Khan met his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Saturday and 15 agreements and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for cooperation in diverse fields were signed between the two countries.

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The agreements were signed during delegation-level talks between the two countries at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Khan, who is on his first official visit to China after assuming charge as prime minister, led the Pakistani delegation which included Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Finance Minister Asad Umar among others.

The Chinese delegation was led by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

Agreements pertaining to poverty alleviation in Pakistan, strengthening cooperation in agriculture and industrial sectors and technical training were signed by the two sides. It was also agreed that China will support Pakistan in establishing special economic zones, according to sources.

A document on strategic-level talks between foreign ministers of two countries was also signed.

The two countries also signed MoUs for cooperation in forestry, earth sciences and transfer of electronics.

Agreements between Higher Education of Pakistan and Science Academy of China and between the Chinese Academy of Science and Pakistan Metrological Department were also signed.

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