Pakistani delegation leaves for China to finalise relief package

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

"We decided that our strategic dialogue must be upgraded and its level be raised to the foreign ministers level", he said.

Umar's assertion that the balance of payments crisis was over came a day ahead of visit of a delegation of International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Notably, Pakistan had in October received $6 billion rescue package from Saudi Arabia.

The MD of the channel, Col (R) Hassan Immad Mohammadi, has been removed from his post with immediate effect until further notice, as per an order by the Government of Pakistan.

As Prime Minister Imran Khan landed in China on a state visit this week that has large financial assistance hopes on the agenda, the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) channel ticker displayed a Freudian slip: the Chinese capital was spelt as Begging instead of Beijing.

Feeling very confident after returning from a productive visit to China led by PM Imran Khan.

"Pakistan is China's all weather partner".

He said the government is committed to improve rural economy by properly focusing on the agriculture sector while Pakistan will also accelerate its industrial cooperation with China. "However, the reality is that Pakistan's export basket is confined to only a few goods".

CPEC, a $64 billion megaproject signed in 2014, aims to connect China's strategically important northwestern Xinjiang province to Pakistan's Gwadar Port through a network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport cargo, oil and gas.

During his election campaign earlier this year, Khan had questioned the usefulness of CPEC's infrastructure focus.

Umar's comments of China's assistance came in the backdrop of criticism in the Pakistan media that Khan has returned home empty handed without securing firm commitment from Beijing as it remained circumspect due his past criticism of projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an ambitious project of President Xi. But many foreign observers believe the program may be saddling those countries with unsustainable debt.

Apprising the federal cabinet of his recent visit to China, the prime minister said Pakistan and China had never signed such pacts which were done during his official visit. "China doesn't want Pakistan to be uncomfortably dependent on it". "In the future, in the light of Pakistan's need and as per our mutual agreement, we will continue to offer help economically and for betterment of people's livelihoods", she said. "The security dynamic is still paramount in terms of China's priorities", said Small.

Khan added that peace in Yemen is vital for regional stability.

The foreign minister underscored that the successful visit had also trashed the notion that Pakistan-China friendship would suffer under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

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