KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday described China’s friendship as a precious asset for Pakistan as he unveiled a chandelier gifted by Beijing for Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum.
“China’s friendship is our precious asset and the gift of the chandelier is a beautiful symbol of this close relationship,” he said while addressing the unveiling ceremony. The president added that Pakistan and China are endeavouring for world peace and global development and prosperity.
The president, while writing down his remarks in the visitors book at the Mazar-e-Quaid, paid homage to the Quaid. “We are moving ahead for attaining our national goals in the light of the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam, for democratic freedoms, social justice, economic development and stability,” he said. He also appreciated the Mazar’s administration for looking after the mausoleum.
During the ceremony, China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong read out a message from President Xi Jinping. In his message, President Xi expressed his delight over successful completion of the China-aided chandelier project at the Mazar-e-Quaid. The Chinese president said “now the maintenance of the chandelier has been completed smoothly. It will become an important symbol of the friendship for generations between our countries and our peoples.”
Xi said that he attaches high importance to the China-Pakistan relations, and would like to join hands to promote greater development of China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.
President Mamnoon also gave shields to the China’s Ambassador and Commercial Councilor, Joint Secretary National History and Heritage Division Junaid, Mazar Management Board’s Engineer Arif Chaudhry and the representatives of the Chinese company which made the chandelier.
Prime Minister’s Adviser for National History and Heritage Irfan Siddiqui also spoke on the occasion. Senior Sindh Minister Nisar Khuhro and Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, among others, were also present.
Passing out ceremony
President Mamnoon also addressed the passing out ceremony of the 53rd batch of cadets of Pakistan Marine Academy in Karachi.
During his address, Mamnoon assured that there has not been a minor change in western or other alignments of the designated route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He said it was necessary for economic stability that all types of negative propaganda was rejected and joints efforts were made for the future of our children.
The President said the CPEC would bring revolutionary economic change and prosperity in the country, as the landlocked countries of the Central Asia would have access to other regions of the world.
President Mamnoon said marine routes were Pakistan’s strength and the country would benefit from it. He emphasised upon the need for paying attention towards improving professional capabilities to promote marine trade.
He also expressed his pleasure that the Pakistan Marine Academy was successfully playing its role in this regard.
Earlier, the President also inspected the passing out parade and gave awards to the cadets who gave outstanding performances. Mamnoon congratulated the graduating cadets and expressed the hope that they would play their role for development of the country.
Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bazenjo, Federal Secretary for Ports and Shippping Khalid Pervaiz and Commandant Pakistan Marine Academy Commodore Akbar Naqi were also present.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2016.