Sino-Pak friendship: Celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations

Rich tributes paid to leadership of both countries for maintaining exemplary ties.

Express May 14, 2011


The Gilgit-Baltistan Chinese Overseas Association (G-BCOA) organised a ceremony to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations with China. They paid rich tributes to the leadership of both the countries for maintaining exemplary ties over the years.

In Pakistan, the occasion was officially marked on January 1 this year, at a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese embassy at the Pakistan-China Friendship Centre, presented to Pakistan as symbol of friendship.

“This year reflects our love for both the countries and a friendship which stands taller than the Karakoram mountains,” said G-BCOA General Secretary, Abdur Rehman Bukhari.

G-BCOA is a regional body of Chinese Uyghur expatriates, a Muslims community now settled in Gilgit-Baltistan and Rawalpindi. They had migrated from China’s Sinkiang province before partition. Around 5,000 Uyghers families in Pakistan have ties with their relatives in Kashgar and other parts of Sinkiang.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2011.


amjad | 10 years ago | Reply Chinese & Pakistani friendship has so far withstood the test of times. Pakistan was among the first to recognize Communist China. Chou-En-Lai was among the first few foreign leaders to visit Pakistan. The relationship was always based on mutual respect. There were no selfish motives involved on either side. PIA was the only connection for Communist China with the rest of the world, and Pakistan was instrumental in openning the door of friendship between US & China.
Khalid Rahim | 10 years ago | Reply Today there are people in this country who call themselves analyst and write articles trying to convince the people that we need to revise our relations with China? Such so called analyst are a few but paid agents of those powers who want this relationship shattered. I hope we do not make this mistake by listening to such think tanks, but strive to make this friendship more stronger by learning from their experiences as they moved along with time.
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