Indebted to China for its ‘unflinching support’ on Kashmir issue: Pak Army chief

Srinagar

Pakistan is “indebted” to its all-weather ally China for its “unflinching support” to it on the Kashmir issue, the expansion of the NSG and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said.

Describing China and Pakistan as “important strategic players in the region,” General Bajwa, who was the chief guest at a reception in Rawalpindi on Monday hosted by the Chinese embassy, said, their bilateral ties have jointly benefitted both the countries, Times of India reported.

“It is a relationship based on mutual trust, respect, understanding and cooperation. In fact, this friendship is flourishing with every passing day, which encompasses every aspect of our life,” he said at a function to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of China’s PLA.

Bajwa said the “professional collaboration between PLA and Pakistan army, will continue to expand to bring peace to the region in general and China-Pakistan in particular.” He noted that both China and Pakistan are faced with similar challenges and opportunities. Both countries have assumed shared responsibility towards stability in the region and prosperity of their people, he said.

He also pointed out China and his country has expanded their cooperation to wider areas and have launched strategic initiatives like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, defence collaboration in projects and united diplomatic front, internationally. “Pakistan is indebted to China for its unflinching support to our perspective at all international forums, may it be expansion of Nuclear Suppliers Group, Kashmir Issue, or Pakistan’s full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,” he said.

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