ISLAMABAD .: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government is looking forward to strengthening bilateral relations with China on religious grounds as well.
In a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Wednesday, the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri said Pakistan is willing to review the syllabus that is being taught in the religious seminaries in China and would provide possible assistance for improving it if required.
The meeting was held to discuss important issues like China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), social development and welfare work in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Afghan refugees and other matters of mutual interest.
The Chinese ambassador said that over 20 million Muslims are living in China and are enjoying religious freedom.
He vowed to work with Pakistan for developing curricula for Chinese Muslims.
The religious minister said that Pakistan is keen to start an exchange programme of scholars with the neighbouring country.
“This will help the Muslim scholars of both countries to discuss and come up with new ideas for promoting religious and interfaith harmony,” he added.
The Chinese envoy said that China is interested to work for the social welfare of the people especially of the women living in the erstwhile Fata and wanted to invest in the effort to provide them clean drinking water, quality health and education.
He added that CPEC will bring a positive change in the area.
The Chinese envoy added the initiative will also provide opportunities for promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
He also said that China will build around 50 schools in the region of Fata to boost the literacy rate.