'Iron friends': Pakistan to will help China fight Xinjiang militants

Published: November 8, 2014
China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at their family photo session prior to the Dialogue On Strengthening Connectivity Partnership at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on November 8, 2014.  The Pakistani leader is here on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the Chinese capital. PHOTO: AFP

China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at their family photo session prior to the Dialogue On Strengthening Connectivity Partnership at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on November 8, 2014. The Pakistani leader is here on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the Chinese capital. PHOTO: AFP

China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at their family photo session prior to the Dialogue On Strengthening Connectivity Partnership at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on November 8, 2014.  The Pakistani leader is here on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the Chinese capital. PHOTO: AFP Agreements signed to promote cooperation in fields of energy, infrastructure under Economic Corridor Project, and other sectors. PHOTO: STOCK IMAGE

BEIJING: Pakistan will help China with its fight against extremists which Beijing says are active in its unruly far western region of Xinjiang, the country’s prime minister said on Saturday during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China, Pakistan’s only major ally in the region, has long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are militants from Xinjiang, who are holed up in a lawless tribal belt, home to a lethal mix of militant groups, including the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif told Xi that his country would “continue to resolutely fight the East Turkestan Islamic Movement terrorist forces”, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement following the meeting in Beijing.

Pakistan will increase its coordination with China on Afghanistan too, so as to “jointly maintain regional peace and stability”, Sharif said.

Pakistan will also do all it can to guarantee the safety of Chinese companies and workers in the country, he added, who have in the past been attacked by militants.

Pak-China MoUs

Pakistan and China signed 19 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) of bilateral cooperation in a meeting held today in the Chinese capital, according to Radio Pakistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on his three-day visit to discuss bilateral relations and the regional situation in Beijing.

The visit is aimed at attracting an investment of over $46 billion and is being held with special significance. It is said to be an apparent effort to control the damage posed to the country’s economy by the protests in Islamabad.

With China’s help, over 21 projects are to be completed. The estimated cost of 16,520MW power generation is around $33 billion and would bring substantial improvement in all sectors of economy after completion.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, federal ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal, and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi were also present at the meeting.

Addressing the media following the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz said his government had made up for losses despite the damage caused due to the recent political turmoil in the country.

“Despite the damage done in the past two months due to political turmoil, we will make up for the loss come what may,” he was quoted as saying.

The agreements were signed to help promote cooperation between the two countries in fields of energy, infrastructure under the Economic Corridor Project and other sectors.

These include agreements on solar power production at Quaid-e Azam Solar Park, easy loan for laying optic fibre between the two countries, mining of 65,00,000 metric tons of coal in Block-2 of Thar, 870 MW Suki Kinari Hydropower project, 1320 MW coal power project in Sahiwal, and an MoU for 100 MW Jhimpir wind power project.

“These projects will be a source of employment for over a million youth of Pakistan. Pak-China cooperation will also create business opportunities for local and international investors,” the premier said.

An agreement was also signed to establish an Industrial Park in Faisalabad, and promote economic and technical cooperation.

Alongside these agreements, Prime Minister Nawaz will also represent Pakistan at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Summit, in which leaders of Myanmar, Laos, Mongolia, Cambodia, Tajikistan and Bangladesh are also participating.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Haider
    Nov 8, 2014 - 11:16AM

    Nice but still Go Nawaz Go.Overseas Pakistanis will bring their assets to Pakistan when IK comes in govt


    Nov 8, 2014 - 11:48AM

    MoUs are nothing more than the papers used to sign.We are not now the dumb nation any more but apparently there has been no change, mentally that is, at the top! It would be really amusing to read the details if those are released. Credibility of Nawaz who took CM Punjab and two suspects who are no more than personal employees paid at State’s cost further reduces this.


  • S Khan
    Nov 8, 2014 - 11:58AM

    Galore of M O U , fantastic


  • Saud
    Nov 8, 2014 - 12:02PM

    Well done, Nawaz Sharif!Recommend

  • Reality Check
    Nov 8, 2014 - 1:17PM

    Haterz gonna hate.. May Allah grant success to Pakistan and to Pml on this endeavor in sha Allah!!


  • rameez
    Nov 8, 2014 - 1:29PM

    Chinese President was coming here for solid agreements and we have to go to china now for MOUs to tell them country is still intact after dharnas…IA agreements wud also take place once President arrives here


  • Muhammaf Khalid
    Nov 8, 2014 - 1:58PM

    The credit of these agreements still goes to IK, who had really forced the government to take some serious actions for the economic stability and revival of the country. Although, i do agree with my fellow readers that these are nothing but simply the bunch of paperz, however, government is facing pressure from IK. In order, to keep themsrlves alive in the public, government is taking such stepa. These agreementd will be more fruitful if they really get started. Otherwise, they will again face the same””Go Nawaz Go


  • Rizwan Rauf
    Nov 8, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Step in the right direction (y)


  • Kapt Slim
    Nov 8, 2014 - 3:59PM

    Just look at the names of people who are visiting China
    What Mr Shahbaz Shareef is doing there?


  • Pakistani
    Nov 8, 2014 - 4:58PM

    **Great Job done by PM Nawaz Sharif, CM Shahbaz Sharif & his team. Keep it up!**Recommend

  • Asma Hussain
    Nov 8, 2014 - 5:01PM

    This clearly shows that we as a Muslim nation are just like Americans maintaining double standards. Muslims in Kashmir as we as Xinziang have similar problems. Infact Muslims is Xinziang have more restrictions than Kashmiris. Chinese government has moved hans Chinese over many years this making uighurs minority in xinziang. Also fasting is banned for Muslims in ramzaan. Also Muslims movement are not allowed to wear Muslim dress code of hijab or burkha.
    I urge my Muslim brothers and sisters not to support this move by our government just for money.


  • I am a Khan
    Nov 8, 2014 - 5:19PM

    Shame on these Pakistani Leaders…For a few Billion dollars, they sell their Imaan and fight against fellow muslims. The Uighur muslims of China are banned from practicing Islam (like fasting, wearing hijab, etc) by China and Pakistan supports China instead of speaking to them to soften their stance on the muslims of Xinjiang. No statement on Masjid ul Aqsa either from these leaders. shameful.


  • Humza
    Nov 8, 2014 - 6:46PM

    @Haider: Good work done by Nawaz Sharif. After he was elected by majority to turn the economy around and progress. If we wanted dharnas, dancing and u turns, ols politicians like Shaikh Rasheed and Gujrat Choudries then we would have voted in Imran Khan to do nothing. No thanks.


  • LS
    Nov 8, 2014 - 6:56PM

    I hope people understand that MoU is just an formal intent document and not a legal commitment.


  • Milind
    Nov 8, 2014 - 7:20PM

    Did Nawaz double-check and confirm this decision with the ‘establishment’ – else might be in for a surprise..


  • Faisal
    Nov 8, 2014 - 10:48PM

    PTI supports just don’t listen to other,they refuse to accept any statement which goes against Iran Khan. If PMLN do something wrong, PTI supports starts to say that this is the reason they want imran Khan our next PM. When PMLN do something good, they change their statement instead for accepting the good steps taken by saying that this good step has been taken by government only because Imran Khan built pressure on government. For God’s sake, speak truth. We are not followers of PMLN or PTI,we Allah and His prophets(pbuh) follower. JazakAllah khair.:)


  • ObserverUSA
    Nov 9, 2014 - 1:14AM

    Oh! What a sell out. Pakistan should stay away from becoming a lackey. The human rights record of China is awful.


  • R.Subramanian
    Nov 9, 2014 - 1:47AM

    Pakistan China friendship

    Deeper than ocean
    Bigger than Himalayas
    Sweeter than honey
    NOW new phrase IRON FRIENDS

    Ha ha ha good words but ground reality is different, anyhow Pakistanis are not going to understand


  • Pradeep
    Nov 9, 2014 - 3:54AM

    I see some Pakistanis surprised at the fact that their leader decided to support Beijing on the Uighur issue. Its called realpolitik. But the funny thing is that Pakistan does not apply this to India i.e. make adjustments when it makes sense to do so. When it comes to India, Pakistan is dogmatic and rigid in its stance.


  • observer
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:49AM

    Hmmm. Pakistanis make a huge cry over perceived ill-treatment of Muslims in India but are not in the least bothered by the barbaric oppression of religious rights and massacre of Uighur Muslims. Uighur Muslims are not fellow Muslim brothers and human beings?


  • Last Word
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:03AM

    Hafiz Sayeed who has tons of experience in this field should be an ideal choice to help China.


  • Choudhry
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:27AM

    No, Pakistani’s are absolutely not surprised on their PM’s Decision,this is called real politics with real friend,and it is not the case towards india because India is still not willing to accept or absorb Pakistan’s existence.


  • ImranR
    Nov 9, 2014 - 12:05PM

    so many concerned indians here..


  • San
    Nov 9, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Joke of the year! I suggest Nawaz to take support from China to tackle the Terrorists in Pakistan


  • Sun Tzu
    Nov 9, 2014 - 3:01PM

    No right of “self determination” for them?


  • cautious
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:08PM

    I thought Pakistan was already committed to fighting all terrorist on it’s territory? However – doubt that Iran, India, USA, or Afghanistan take Pakistan’s assurances seriously anymore.


  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:08PM

    @Asma Hussain: ” Infact Muslims is Xinziang have more restrictions than Kashmiris.”

    Very true. The Muslims in Kashmir get more handouts from Indian government than the rest of the Indians – Hindu’s or Muslims. A bunch of self-proclaimed leaders have brainwashed the Kashmiris and made their lives miserable.

    I hope the Kashmiris can see the two-faces of Pakistan and decide to quit violence once and for all so that the army can go back to the barracks where it truly belongs.


  • Nina
    Nov 10, 2014 - 9:20AM

    Thank you Pakistan !!!
    Long live Friendship !!!


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