ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has thanked President Xi Jinping of China and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey for their strong and steadfast support to Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir.
In a letter to President Xi, Shehbaz said, “I am writing to thank you on behalf of the people of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz [PML-N] for China’s strong and steadfast support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.”
He said: “This demonstrates that China is a reliable and sincere partner of Pakistan … My party and I will continue to resolutely support the Belt and Road Initiative and its flagship project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), with all the strength at our command.”
The PML-N leader believed that CPEC heralded a new era of shared prosperity for the region and stressed that he would like to see it transform into a successful model of interstate relation. “I wish greater prosperity and successes for China under your dynamic and visionary leadership.”
In a separate letter to President Erdogan, the PMLN president thanked Turkey for its “strong and steadfast support to Pakistan” on the Kashmir issue. “This demonstrates that our brotherly country Turkey is Pakistan’s longstanding sincere and reliable friend,” he said.
“Let me assure you that my party and I will continue to resolutely strengthen this bond of brotherhood… I pray for greater prosperity and successes for Turkey under your dynamic and visionary leadership,” Shehbaz added.