ISLAMABAD: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday announced that China will fulfill all its promises made to Pakistan.
Addressing the Parliament on the last day of his three-day visit to Pakistan, PM Jiabao strongly voiced China’s stance against terrorism and said it must not be linked to any particular country or religion.
“There should be no dual standards in this regard,” he said and called for making efforts for addressing the real reasons that lead to terrorism.
“China’s stance is clear and consistent. China, while standing along with Pakistan and the international community, was making sincere efforts to promote cooperation in this regard,” he said.
He said that “China and Pakistan ties will get deeper, closer and stronger.”
Jiabao, who is the first Chinese and sixth world dignitary to address the joint sitting, began his speech by greeting the parliamentarians “Asalam-o-Alaikum”. He paid a glowing tribute to the Pakistani people and said that the people of this nation were hard workers and Pakistan was a very important country in the Muslim world.
Premier Wen said Pakistan was passing through a difficult phase as it was facing many challenges and problems, however, he said that he was confident that the government and people of Pakistan were determined to tackle these and would move ahead.
“The government and people of Pakistan are united and moving forward to safeguard solidarity, prosperity and sovereignty of the country,” he added.
During his speech the premier also extended scholarship offers for 500 Pakistani students.
Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan thanked the Chinese Prime Minister and said that Pakistan was united in its views on China and that all political parties agreed on Pakistan-China friendship.
Jiabao left for China on Sunday after completing his three-day visit. The Chinese Premier and his delegation were seen off at the airport by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, members of the federal cabinet and other civil and military officials.