Shehbaz seeks investments from ‘Chinese friends’

Pakistan has China as a model to emulate and replicate its development reforms, Sharif said during a meeting with the representatives of Chinese companies investing in Pakistan….reports Asian Lite News

Pakistan doesn’t want handouts, but investments from its Chinese friends, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Monday, media reports said.

He said that the friendship between Pakistan and China’s unwavering friendship has weathered storms and strengthened over time, Geo News reported.

He praised China for progressing in various sectors and lifting numerous above the poverty level during the last three decades.

Pakistan has China as a model to emulate and replicate its development reforms, Sharif said during a meeting with the representatives of Chinese companies investing in Pakistan.

The Premier said that Pakistan looks forward to seek support from China in every walk of life and it will benefit from China’s experience in the fields of industries and agriculture.

“Pakistan has resolved that we will meet all the challenges however difficult they are and take Pakistan towards progress,” he said.

“For this, Pakistan needs real support from our Chinese friends, not in terms of money, aid or handouts, but in terms of investment, trade and expertise.”

Sharif said that China is the most reliable friend of Pakistan.

He thanked the Chinese leadership, and Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for their unstinting support towards Pakistan in the shape of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

He said that the CPEC has helped Pakistan move forward a huge way. Recalling the start of the last decade, when electricity load-shedding was at its peak, Sharif said that the Chinese President and then prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif made various deals to set up power plants to overcome the issue by 2017, Geo News reported.

India is free but we are slaves: Imran

Severely criticising Pakistan’s incumbent federal coalition government, former Prime Minister Imran Khan said the “American slaves” had increased the prices of petroleum products, while India bought cheap oil from Russia and reduced prices.

“It showed India is free but we (Pakistanis) are slaves,” The News quoted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman as saying while addressing a workers convention at Sheikabad, Charsadda, on Sunday.

He lauded India for following an independent foreign policy, saying it imported crude oil from Russia despite American sanctions.

“Our government signed an agreement with Russia to buy oil at 30 per cent discounted rates. Our government was dislodged under a conspiracy,” he said.

Khan said an independent foreign policy was imperative for speedy progress of Pakistan.

He warned that the nation would not forgive Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz for torturing peaceful protesters of his party and conducting raids at their houses.

The PTI chief reiterated that they all would be brought to book and sent behind bars soon.

Asking the youth to get ready for another long march, Khan said that his party would soon start marching towards Islamabad to bring down the “imported government”.

He warned that his party workers would “snatch” their rights if they were denied it through peaceful means.

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