Chinese President may not attend Pakistan Day parade: Sartaj Aziz

Published: March 6, 2015
The advisor to PM admitted on Friday that no breakthrough was made in talks with India. PHOTO: REUTERS

The advisor to PM admitted on Friday that no breakthrough was made in talks with India. PHOTO: REUTERS

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz on Friday revealed that Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently not scheduled to attend the Pakistan Day parade on March 23, Express News reported.

Talking to media in Islamabad, the advisor said that while the Chinese president may not visit on March 23, he will be visiting Pakistan soon.

Earlier, there were some reports that President Xi may visit Pakistan in March to attend the joint military parade on Pakistan Day.


Read: Xi Jinping to make first state visit to Pakistan soon, says Chinese foreign minister


During his recent visit to Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on February 12, 2015, confirmed that President Xi would be making his first state visit to Pakistan within the ‘next few months.’

“That will be his first visit to Pakistan as the head of state of China and that will be the first visit of its kind in nine years,” he said.

The Chinese president was initially supposed to visit Pakistan in August last year but the visit was postponed due to security reasons.


Read: Chinese president’s scheduled visit ‘mutually postponed’


No breakthrough in talks with India 

The advisor to PM admitted on Friday that despite the recent visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad, there was no breakthrough in talks with India.

However, he noted that the visit helped in setting the mood for future negotiations.

His statement came a day after the Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said Pakistan would not characterise Indian foreign secretary’s visit as a failure, rather it was an ‘ice breaker’ between neighbouring countries.

“India had characterised it as a visit in the context of Saarc. We said that it is a visit that is taking place in lieu of the August visit as an ice breaker,”Aslam said while briefing media persons in Islamabad on Thursday.

Earlier this week, during his visit to Pakistan, Jaishankar said ensuring peace and tranquility along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary was vital.


Read: Ensuring peace and tranquility along border is vital: India foreign secretary


Commenting on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, the advisor said that there is continuous cooperation between the neighbouring countries including on Army Public School attack investigation.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Iqbal
    Mar 6, 2015 - 11:11PM

    Can we Pakistanis stop begging China for a visit by their president. I am tired of this story going on from last one year. Let us stop competing with India. Fix the country and leaders will visit us.Recommend

  • Hatim
    Mar 6, 2015 - 11:47PM

    It’s because of the dharnas. Right? Recommend

  • azim
    Mar 7, 2015 - 12:33AM

    Lies dont fly – now everyone including terrorist will be sure that China in coming. . Jhoota. Such an idiot. Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 7, 2015 - 1:00AM

    No man in with any sense would like to be “used” by another. Chinese President is no different. It was even foolish to expect him to do so for the “prestige” of an ally which figures at the bottom of his list of “deeper than the ocean and higher than Himalayas” friends.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Mar 7, 2015 - 2:56AM

    Yes , the retards Imran khan and Qadari have retarded the growth momentum of Pakistan .

    But Pakistan will rise above. . Pakistan Zibdabad ! Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 7, 2015 - 6:30AM

    So has the ‘Pakistan Day parade’ being Cancelled or Postponed ? Entire world is waiting for the great show.Recommend

  • Jag Nathan
    Mar 7, 2015 - 7:41AM

    Its because of India and Mdi.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Mar 7, 2015 - 8:43AM

    Do you really think the Chinese president will demean himself by attending the parade so that Pakistan can show the US it has a counter-balance to Obama?? Pakistan doesn’t even hold the parade regularly! Stop this childish copy-cat thing. India is in a different league now and Pakistan must concentrate on its other strengths and build a viable economy.Recommend

  • Hatim
    Mar 7, 2015 - 9:54AM

    I feel sorry for our country that blind people are oblivious. 7 years of looting and they have the audacity to blame IK. Recommend

  • Vishnu Reddy
    Mar 7, 2015 - 10:05AM

    Mauka, Mauka! Pakistan Day parade will be held after gap of 7 years and President Xi Jinping will attend upholding Pakistan’s Honour and Dignity just as India held her annual Republic Day parade with President Obama attending this year. Pakistan’s Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security revelation on cancellation of trip is a tactically brilliant plan to fool Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2015 - 12:20PM

    Higher than the Himalayas,
    Deeper than San Marianas Trench,
    Wider than the Gobi desert,
    and as transparent as the Universe…….
    the Pak/China handshake of convenience is slightly better off than the US-Pak commercial transactions. If the Chinese President declines to come, then let our politicians know that the more our politicians continue with their ‘Tom foolery,’ the deeper will be the lawless imbroglio our country sinks into. Salams Recommend

  • bala
    Mar 7, 2015 - 12:45PM

    well said sirRecommend

  • bala
    Mar 7, 2015 - 12:47PM

    @Zaida Parvez:
    what a brilliant comment! i salute you sirRecommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 7, 2015 - 1:26PM

    This old man is making a laughing stock of himself……as they Chinese would say ” if you have nothing to say, don’t say it ‘.Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2015 - 1:49PM

    You are absolutely [email protected]: Recommend

  • Feroz
    Mar 7, 2015 - 4:17PM

    For the President or PM of a major country to attend there has to be some important Agreements that have to be signed, at least a few deliverables. I think the Chinese are slowly realizing that weening Pakistan off its addiction to non State actors is easier said than done and making big Investments has negative security implications. Even on the already agreed on Gwadar project they are very reluctant to make any further investments. Pakistan ability to pay for anything is also limited. At best if pushed very hard the Chinese President may make a day visit and scoot by night time. Recommend

  • Milind Dave
    Mar 7, 2015 - 4:57PM

    200 bn dollar business is more important than higher than mountain deeper than sea and sweeter than honey my friend Recommend

  • nrmr44
    Mar 7, 2015 - 8:23PM

    “India had characterised it as a visit in the context of Saarc. We said that it is a visit that is taking place in lieu of the August visit as an ice breaker,”

    This is typical of the infantile approach which makes it difficult for Pakistan to be accorded any respect in international dealings. You want to tell the Indian FS why he is visiting Pakistan? Grow up!Recommend

  • JSM
    Mar 8, 2015 - 9:37AM

    So the jokes are over. Anyone laughing?Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Mar 8, 2015 - 8:27PM

    Pakistan reminds me of Rakhee in the movie Karan Arjun, perennially mouthing “Mere Karan Arjun.. Aayenge…..”Recommend

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