Pak-China relations enter new era, says Shahbaz

PUNJAB Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said Pak-China friendship has stood the test of time and the strong relations between Pakistan and China have entered into a new era. He said the Chinese government was extending full cooperation to the ongoing development process under the present government and had proved Pak-China friendship by giving the biggest development package of the history to Pakistan. The Chief Minister said the people of Pakistan were thankful to the Chinese leadership, government and people for the commendable role in the development of various sectors of the country. Shahbaz Sharif said Pak-China relations would further strengthen due to an agreement between the Punjab government and China during his recent visit regarding the training of Pakistani doctors and paramedical staff in the best Chinese hospitals.

He expressed these views while talking to the assembly members of various districts who called on him on Thursday.

Shahbaz Sharif said useful dialogues were held with Chinese officials and investors during the recent visit. He said it was agreed to further enhance cooperation in energy, infrastructure, transport, health and other sectors.

The Chief Minister said Chinese investment companies had shown willingness to invest in various sectors in Pakistan particularly in Punjab which would help resolve problems like poverty and unemployment. He said Pakistani delegation was accorded a warm welcome during the visit to China and useful progress had been made with regard to enhancing bilateral cooperation. Shahbaz Sharif said the entire Pakistani nation was ready to receive Chinese President during his visit to Pakistan in September and due to the visit of Chinese President, relations between both countries would further strengthen. He said Pakistan was a lucky country of the region which had a reliable and sincere friend like China. He said Chinese government and the people wanted to see Pakistan a prosperous and developed country, that is why, Chinese companies were making huge investment in Pakistan.

The Chief Minister said China fully realised the problems being faced by Pakistan and was extending all possible cooperation for steering it out of the quagmire of problems. He said electricity projects of thousands of megawatts had been started with the cooperation of China and after their completion Pakistani people would get rid of the loadshedding. He said as per agreement made between China and Punjab government, Chinese government would provide latest medical training to Pakistani doctors and paramedical staff on its own expenses which reflected the love and affection of Chinese leadership and people for their Pakistani brethren. He said that under the agreement, training in emergency and acupuncture would be imparted to doctors and paramedics of Punjab in the best hospitals of China which would promote awareness in them about the use of modern technology in the medical field.

He said the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on the provision of modern and quality health facilities to the people and a solid strategy had been adopted for the uplift of health sector. He said the improvement of health sector and provision of modern healthcare facilities to the common man was the priority of the Punjab government. He said the agreement signed with China was an important step towards further improvement in the medical facilities for the masses in Punjab.

He said the government, led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, was making serious efforts to steer the country out of problems and put it on the road to progress and development. He said the nation would achieve its goal through adopting the golden principle of honesty, hard-work and sacrifice and Pakistan would be transformed in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. (Courtesy: The News)