ISLAMABAD, Jun 9 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday said China’s support for Pakistan’s security, stability and economic development is a source of strength.He thanked China for its steadfast support and solidarity to Pakistan through thick and thin and termed Pakistan-China relations a central pillar of Pakistan’s foreign policy.The Prime Minister expressed these views at the start of bilateral talks held between Pakistan and China here at the PM House on Wednesday evening.The Chinese delegation was headed by Vice Premier Mr. Zhang Dejiang.Pakistan and China on at the conclusion of the bilateral talks also signed five agreements.
Pakistan and China and its upgradation would greatly help boost economic ties.
Unfortunately, some sections of Karakoram Highway, he added, have come under deep water of Attabad lake, caused by recent landslides. Pakistan would like a Chinese technical team to evaluate the situation of Karakoram Highway, in the wake of creation of Attabad lake, with a view of its urgent restoration, he added.
He called on the Government of China to consider immediate assistance for Pakistan for construction of a bypass on KKH to re-open it for traffic and to facilitate issuance of visa permits and licenses to the personnel of the transport companies and business houses involved in arranging much needed surplus from China to the people of Hunza and other affected areas near Attabad lake.
Pakistan, he maintained, is keen to pursue rail link between Havelian and Khunjerab, which would provide a direct link between Pakistan and China. The Gwadar port, he said, will provide an optimal trade route for China, Pakistan and the Central Asian States after completion of Havelian Khunjerab rail link.
While appreciating the significance of IT sector, the Prime Minister said that both countries need to explore the possibility of development of an Integrated high-tech Manufacturing and ICT Services Technology Park in Pakistan and a Telecom University at a mutually agreed location with Chinese help.
The major Chinese Electronics Companies, he said, should be encouraged to establish telecommunications.