ISLAMABAD: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan arrived here today on a three-day official visit to Pakistan.During the visit, the Chinese Vice President will call on President Arif Alvi and have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan. He will also call on Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The two countries will sign MoUs & agreements and inaugurate projects to enhance bilateral cooperation in a broad range of areas. The visit is expected to reinforce the strength of bilateral ties and impart further impetus to the growing, multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry (FM) spokesperson has said that Chinese Vice President’s upcoming visit to Pakistan would further deepen high-level exchanges, friendship and mutual trust between the two countries: “Visit will also advance the development of China Pakistan Economic Corridor besides bilateral cooperation across the board,” the Spokesman added.
FM spokesperson reiterated that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and iron friends, and firmly support each other on issues concerning each other’s foreign interests. He said Pakistan has been a priority on China’s diplomacy and now both the countries have witnessed a sound momentum in their cooperation and frequent high-level exchanges. He said both the countries are deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation and conducting close coordination in international and regional affairs.
It is pertinent to mention here that VP’s visit is in continuation of high-level exchanges between the two countries, which have acquired an increased momentum since PM Imran Khan’s visit to China in November last year and his participation in the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in April this year.
Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi who has received the honored guest has informed that five Memorandums of Understanding would be signed during the visit of the Chinese Vice President. Talking to media here he said the visiting dignitary will also inaugurate some of the projects. FM said an investiture ceremony will also be held in honor of Wang Qishan, where he will be conferred upon an award for his role to promote bilateral ties between Pakistan and China. Qureshi told that Chinese Vice President will also visit historical places in Lahore, where Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will receive the guest. He said the visit demonstrates the resolve of the two countries in developing and promoting CPEC.
Pak-China agree to expedite work on Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar and Ambassador of China Yao Jing during a meeting here on Monday agreed to expedite the work on Eastern Corridor from Sukkur to Hyderabad in BOT (Build, Operate, and Transfer) mode for its early completion.
The two dignitaries expressed satisfaction over the pace of projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework.
CPEC: Sukkur-Multan motorway benefits people
The Sukkur-Multan section of the Peshawar-Karachi Motorway being constructed under CPEC has vitalized the local economy and benefited the people in the area.
The motorway has a design speed of 120 km per hour, and it is a two-way six-lane road stretched from Sukkur, a city in Sindh province, to Multan, a city in Punjab province, People’s Daily Online reported here on Wednesday.
The project, being completed by the engineers of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) alongside local Pakistanis, has promoted private sector development and small and micro businesses in the local area and regions along the route.
A Chinese manager said the building materials such as gravel and cement were bought from local companies, accelerating the industrial chain cycle.
The construction corporation also worked with local companies to exploit natural resources, facilitating related industries such as transportation and sales.
The project officially started in the year 2016 has created job opportunities for graduates and specialized workers including 26-year-old Salman who came from a small town 130 kilometers away from Multan. After graduation, he applied for a job in the project.
With excellent English and professional skills, he was hired to lead about 1,000 Pakistani workers. A lot of Pakistani workers like Salman realized their potential in the construction project.
The motorway has created 23,000 positions, including administrative staff and senior technical workers. It has also helped create more than 40,000 jobs through the development of related industries.
The project has trained 4,500 machine operators and 2,300 administrators and technicians for Pakistan so far.
The CSCEC has sent a medical team to provide free services for 3,900 local people and has also built nine schools in Pakistan.
The project is expected to be completed by June 2019. By then, the distance from Sukkur to Multan will be shortened from 463 kilometers to 392 kilometers, and the travel time halved from 8 hours to 4 hours.
The Multan-Sukkur motorway is part of Peshawar-Karachi Motorway. This route starts from Karachi via Hyderabad, Sukkur, Multan, Islamabad, Lahore, and other cities, and ends in Peshawar with a total length of 1,152 kilometers.
Lt Gen Faiz Hameed is new DG ISI
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has appointed Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed as new Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), ISPR said.
Gen. Hameed will be replacing Lt-Gen Asim Munir, who has now been posted as the Corps Commander Gujranwala, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the army.
Gen. Hameed is from the Baloch Regiment. He was in-charge of the internal security wing at the ISI. He has commanded a division in Pano Aqil.
Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been appointed as Adjutant General of Pakistan Army at the General Headquarters (GHQ) while Lieutenant General Aamir Abbasi has been named as Quarter Master at GHQ.
Lieutenant General Moazzam Abbas has been named Engineer-In-Chief at GHQ, said ISPR.
Earlier in April, the Pakistan Army had announced a number of high-level appointments and transfers in its ranks.
Kartarpur Corridor to be completed on time: Khusro
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar Friday said the government would timely complete the Kartapur Corridor to provide easy access to Sikh devotees besides promoting religious tourism.
He was chairing a meeting on development of Gurdwara Kartarpur Corridor here. Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, Secretary Religious Affairs, Director General FWO Maj Gen Inam Haider Malik, Members Planning Commission, Commissioner Gujranwala, representatives from NESPAK and high level officials of the ministry were present during the occasion.
The minister said the prime minister had performed ground breaking of the Corridor on November 28, 2018 and will inaugurate the Corridor in the same month this year.
He said the incumbent government took a major initiative last year by announcing opening of Kartarpur Corridor to provide access to Sikh devotees to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib on the request of Navjot Singh Sidhu.
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