Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has said that Pak-China relations are deeply imbedded in the hearts and minds of both the nations.
Expressing these views at a reception hosted in honor of the eleven members Chinese parliamentary delegation lead by Wang Zhengwei Vice Chairman 12th CPPCC National Committee, he deliberated that China was one of the corner stones of Pakistan’s foreign policy, and “we are very keen to add more value, depth and substance to our bilateral relations through increased cooperation, interaction and strong partnerships at all levels.
“Your visit is a commendable gesture of goodwill and a manifestation of our shared interest to pursue a more substantive bilateral agenda” the Senate Chairman remarked, adding that it will certainly go a long way in our common and constant endeavour to augment the bond of friendship and cooperation that binds our two countries.
Chairman Senate said that there are concrete opportunities for furthering mutually-beneficial bilateral relations, particularly in the sectors of agriculture, irrigation, energy, railways and infrastructure development, while also expressing his confidence that Pak-China relations, which have withstood regional and global tests, will continue to flourish in the days ahead and move from generation to generation and strength to strength.
Leader of Chinese Parliamentary Delegation also underscore the need for enhanced cooperation between CPPCC and Senate and observed that the cooperation between two institutions is on very positive trajectory, inviting Chairman Senate to visit China with a Parliamentary Delegation.
Earlier the Chinese parliamentary delegation met Chairman Senate at the Parliament House and exchanged views on matters of mutual interests and bilateral importance. The Chairman Senate observed that Pakistan enjoys a time tested friendship with china at all levels.
He underscored the need for more people to people contacts and enhanced parliamentary cooperation to further boost the mutual ties. He expressed satisfaction over the increase in trade volume and appreciated Chinese support in different sectors particularly the assistance provided for rehabilitation of affectees of earthquake in Balochistan province and Attaabad Lake in Gilgit Baltistan.
Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, while welcoming the delegation, observed that China is an economic development model and relationship between Pakistan and China is getting stronger and stronger.
He also mentioned the recent visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and said that several agreements have been signed and cooperation between the two will continue on all important matters as it is a relationship between people of the two countries.
Leader of the Opposition Senator Aitazaz Ahsan endorsed the views of Chairman Senate and Leader of the House in the Senate. He said that there exists unanimity of opinion among all the political forces as far as friendship with China is concerned and we want to see strong, powerful, and economically developed China.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Senator Tahir Hussain Mashadi and Senator Dr. Saeeda Iqbal also highlighted the importance of Pak-China friendship. They observed that people have love and regard for leadership and people of China. Dr. Saeeda Iqbal said that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the pioneer to lay foundations of Pak-China friendship.
Upon arrival at the Parliament House, the delegation was received by Secretary Senate Amjad Pervez and Senior Officers of the Senate.