China and Pakistan reaffirmed their support for each other during an event in Islamabad on Monday held to collect donations for the two policemen martyred during the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi.
Deputy chief of mission at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad Lijian Zhao said the efforts of all those trying to sabotage the friendship between Pakistan and China will go in vain. Lijian said similar events to collect donations will be held in other cities including in China’s Beijing.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that hostile foreign elements were involved in the terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said inimical foreign elements are behind Friday’s terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi.
Addressing an event in Islamabad held in connection with collecting of donations for two policemen were martyred while foiling the attack on the Chinese consulate. “These forces cannot sabotage Pakistan-China relations. Our ties are deep-rooted and time-tested,” Chaudhry said.
He said the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China has further strengthened these relations in different spheres including economy and defence. “This close collaboration is [annoying] certain forces which is why they are resorting to such cowardly acts,” said the info minister.
He recounted the sacrifices rendered by the security forces and the people of Pakistan in the war against terrorism, and said Pakistan has proved to be steadfast in the war against terrorism.
Chaudhry lauded the Chinese people’s initiative to collect donations for the martyrs of the Chinese consulate attack, saying it was proof of the strong ties between the neighbours.
Addressing the event, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy Zhao Lijian said the Chinese community in Pakistan including businessmen and students, as well as those living in other countries, are contributing to the donations to show their respect and love for those who offered the ultimate sacrifice in defending the Chinese consulate and its staff.
He said similar events to collect donations will also be organised in other cities including Beijing.
The envoy added that those trying to sabotage Pak-China relations through such attacks will never succeed in their designs.
In the meanwhile, an article published by Global Times, one of the leading Chinese newspapers on Monday said that with the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), interference and destructive actions from terrorist groups and foreign forces is an inevitability. The steady and sustained China-Pakistan collaboration will not be shaken, yet facing continuing threats, more response measures must be taken. One key to ensuring the smooth development of the project is to continue to promote development there, elevating ordinary people’s living standards so as to improve the social foundation to implement good governance.