Global Times: China-Pakistan ironclad ties consolidated; key CPEC projects to advance as ‘BRI, Chinese modernization benefit all’

BEIJING, Nov. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday held talks with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and Sharif is one of the world leaders that has visited China right after the conclusion of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

China is ready to work with Pakistan to elevate the level of all-round strategic cooperation, speed up efforts to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era, and inject new impetus into their all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, Xi said.

After presenting the key outcomes of the 20th CPC National Congress, President Xi underscored that China will continue its fundamental policy of opening-up and provide new opportunities to Pakistan and the rest of the world through continuous development. China will further deepen synergy between its development strategies and those of Pakistan.

Xi pointed out that facing a highly uncertain world, both sides should stand on the right side of history, keep up their strong cooperation in multilateral mechanisms, and work closely on major international and regional issues so as to uphold true multilateralism, international fairness and justice and the shared interests of developing countries, and inject certainty and positivity into the world.

According to a joint statement issued after the bilateral meeting, the two sides held in-depth exchange of views on the bilateral relations as well as regional situation and international political landscape. The two sides agreed on the importance of China-Pakistan All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership amid the emerging global challenges. The meetings were marked by traditional warmth, mutual strategic trust and commonality of views.

In the meeting, Sharif noted that it is a great honor for him to be among the first foreign leaders to visit China after the successful 20th CPC National Congress, which marked a new milestone. The visit is a testament to the profound, ironclad friendship between Pakistan and China.

Sharif said that over the past decade, under the leadership of President Xi, China has created a miracle of great development achievements. China has upheld multilateralism, promoted global solidarity and cooperation, and made important contributions to safeguarding world peace and development. In doing so, China has lived up to its responsibility as a major country.

Qian Feng, director of the research department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times “Having invited Sharif as one of the first foreign leaders to visit China after the conclusion of the 20th CPC National Congress, not only demonstrates the ever close relationship between the two sides but once again proves that the international community is optimistic about China’s development in the future, and is willing to strengthen ties with China.”

Pakistan fully supports the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative put forth by President Xi, said Sharif. It will strengthen communication and collaboration with China in international and regional affairs to make a positive contribution to world peace and development. “The Pakistan-China friendship is unbreakable. Pakistan will always stand firmly with China,” said the Pakistani prime minister.

Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China has helped Pakistan in solving two bottleneck problems plaguing Pakistan’s economic development – infrastructure and energy supply shortage, Qian said. Through the first phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) cooperation, it has laid a solid foundation and built a platform for Pakistan’s economic development in the next step, he noted.

“The close and effective strategic coordination between China and Pakistan has set an example of international cooperation and has delivered a clear message to the world, that countries with different social systems, nationalities, civilizations and stages of development can still achieve win-win cooperation,” Qian said.

The two sides will fully utilize the Joint Cooperation Committee of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, advance CPEC with greater efficiency, and make it an exemplar of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, Xi said at the meeting.

China will work with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the digital economy, e-commerce, photovoltaic and other new-energy technologies, and take solid steps to advance cooperation concerning agriculture, science, technology and people’s livelihoods, the Chinese president said.

China will continue to do its best to support Pakistan in stabilizing its financial situation. China supports its provinces with a strong industry in pairing up with Pakistani partners to advance industrial cooperation, and hopes the Pakistani side will provide a sound business environment, Xi noted.

Noting completion of a decade of CPEC’s remarkable achievements in 2023, the two sides expressed satisfaction at CPEC’s contribution to socio-economic development of the two countries, according to the joint statement.

The two sides also noted that the recent meeting of CPEC Joint Working Group on International Cooperation and Coordination (ICC) had highlighted that CPEC was an open and inclusive platform. Both sides welcomed interested third parties to benefit from investment opportunities in the priority areas of CPEC cooperation such as industry, agriculture, IT, science and technology, and oil and gas.

Lin Minwang, a professor at the Institute of International Studies of Fudan University, told the Global Times that due to the fact that there is a clear advantage for the development of the CPEC – the high-level mutual trust between China and Pakistan, and such kind of trust toward China from Pakistan is a solid consensus shared by all major political parties and forces.

“With Sharif coming to power earlier this year, the China-Pakistan cooperation on the CPEC has focused more on the massive infrastructure projects, and to improve the livelihoods for the locals with more progress on infrastructure construction,” Lin said.

Sharif said Pakistan is ready to work with China to continue promoting high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, and hopes to have China’s strong support in the upgradation of ML-1, the Karachi Circular Railway and other important infrastructure projects. Pakistan will further step up security measures and do all it can to protect the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel.

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Students’ delegation from Saudi School, Islamabad visits International Islamic University

Islamabad, November 03, 2022 (PPI-OT): A group of 24 Students delegation from Saudi School, Islamabad visited International Islamic University Islamabad on Thursday. The Students delegation was headed by Mr. Yahya Bajvi. On this occasion the student delegation visited Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Science (SA-CIRBS), Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences (FBAS), International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) and labs of Faculty of Engineering and Technology, FET, IIUI. Mr. Zahid Abdul Shahid, translator from Protocol and Public Relations Section accompanied the Saudi students delegation.

The objective of the visit was to inform the students about the available scientific laboratories at university. During the visit of science laboratories Mr. Shoaib Aalam and Mr. Amjad briefed the delegation comprehensively. Earlier Abdullah Jazi Aldosry, Director (Liaison) at Office of the President, International Islamic University, welcomed the delegation at Administration Block and briefed the students about the ongoing activities at campus and vision of the President.

For more information, contact:
Public Relations,
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI)
Room No.118, Admin Block, New Campus,
H-10 Sector, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9019249
Fax: +92-51-9257909

In connection with Jashan-e-Khudi, a Speech competition was held on the title of “O Tair Lahuti, death is good from this provision”

Bahawalpur, November 03, 2022 (PPI-OT): Punjab Arts Council and Department of Iqbaliyat in collaboration with the Islamia University Bahawalpur Speech Competition. Dr. Allama Iqbal was the owner of a versatile personality, Dr. Rafiqul Islam Chairman of the Department of Iqbaliyat and Philosophy.

The celebration of Iqbal Day has started with the collaboration of Punjab Arts Council and Iqbaliyat Department of Islamia University Bahawalpur. The celebrations started with the exhibition of rare photographs of Dr. Allama Iqbal. In connection with Jashan Khudi, an elocution competition was organized among the students of schools, colleges and universities under the title “O Tair Lahuti Iss Rizk Se Mott Judi”.

The president of the speech contest was Judge Dr. Zeeshan Athar, Associate Professor, Government Post Graduate College, while Assistant Judge Qudratullah Shahzad, former President of the Department of Urdu Sadiq Public School and Assistant Judge Muhammad Mohsin Raza, Lecturer, Department of Iqbaliyat, Islamia University, Bahawalpur. Chairman Department of Iqbaliyat, Dr. Muhammad Rafiqul Islam was the special guest. Dr. Rana Muhammad Shahzad participated as the guest of honour.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Muhammad Rafiq Al-Islam said that Dr. Allama Iqbal was the owner of a versatile personality. Your personality influenced the world of literature and art on a global level. The words said Iqbal’s poetry and thought influenced the whole world. Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Islam said that Iqbal’s message was conveyed to everyone through these events. Dr. Rana Muhammad Shehzad said that it is a pleasure to provide a platform to the students.

Director Punjab Arts Council Bahawal Porsjad Hussain said in the beginning that Jashan Khudi will be celebrated in the same way as Iqbal Day. He said that it is our national duty to convey the message of Iqbal to the young generation. In the competition, the first position was won by Ali Omar Arslan, the second position was by Aswa Maryam and the third position was won by Mohammad Ayub. Similarly, Muhammad bin Latif and Afrah Tahir were given encouragement prizes. Iqbal Day will be celebrated in a grand manner.

He said that it is our national duty to convey the message of Iqbal to the young generation. In the competition, the first position was won by Ali Omar Arsalan, the second position was by Aswa Maryam and the third position was won by Mohammad Ayub. Similarly, Muhammad bin Latif and Afrah Tahir were given encouragement prizes. Iqbal Day will be celebrated in a grand manner. He said that it is our national duty to convey the message of Iqbal to the young generation. In the competition, the first position was won by Ali Omar Arsalan, the second position was by Aswa Maryam and the third position was won by Mohammad Ayub. Similarly, Muhammad bin Latif and Afrah Tahir were given encouragement prizes.

For more information, contact:
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB)
University Chowk, Gulshan Colony, Bahawalpur,
Punjab – 63100, Pakistan
Tel: +92-62-9250235
Fax: +92-62-9250335

15th West Asia Cup Islamabad, Indian Baseball team confirmed to tour Pakistan

Lahore, November 03, 2022 (PPI-OT): The Indian baseball team has confirmed to participate in the 15th West Asia Baseball Cup to be held in Islamabad in December 2022. While talking to media Manger, the President Pakistan Federation Baseball Syed Fakhar Ali Shah said that Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) has allotted to host 15th West Asia Baseball Cup in Pakistan. The event will be held from December 20 to 24 in Islamabad.

The Indian Baseball Federation has confirmed to participate in the event. Teams from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Palestine already confirmed their participation. Nepal and Iran were also invited and hope that they will confirm within a week or two.

According to Syed Fakhar Ali Shah, The SAF Games will be held in Pakistan next. It is very important to hold West Asia Cup event in Pakistan before the SAF Games as India, Nepal and Sri Lanka as member SAF will participate in the event including Pakistan. This event will help to prepare strong Pakistan team for the Asian games.

He said, the Pakistan baseball team has participated in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Panama October first week, despite visa issue and rest of team arrived on match day the Pakistan team played the best game and the Pakistani players also impressed the foreign coaches with their good game.

The PFB had organized the team’s camp for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier (WBCQ) under the supervision of Pakistani coach Mr. Nisar Ahmed with the support of army sports directorate and Federation has announced a reward of Rs 100,000 for the coach Nisar Ahmed due to the excellent performance of the Pakistan team in WBCQ, more he said.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Federation Baseball
Punjab Stadium, Ferozepur Road,
Lahore, Pakistan
Tel. +92-42-353-41121
Fax + 92-42-357-11828

Inauguration of Pictorial and Calligraphy exhibition at Hakra Art Gallery on the occasion of “Jashn-e-Khudi”

Bahawalpur, November 03, 2022 (PPI-OT): Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal was primarily a poet. Everyone can derive their demands from his poetry. Prof. Dr. Javed Hasan Chandio expressed these views while inaugurating the photo and calligraphy exhibition during the ten-day celebration of Iqbal Day. He said that according to the vision of Vice Chancellor Engineer Professor Dr. Athar Mehboob, the Department of Iqbal Studies was established to highlight Allama Iqbal’s poetry at the global level. B. in the Department of Iqbaliyat. S to PhD level teaching and research programs are ongoing.

The 10-day self-celebration celebrations in collaboration with the Department of Iqbaliyat and Bahawalpur Arts Council began with an exhibition of paintings and calligraphy. Prof. Dr. Javed Hassan Chandio Dean Faculty of Arts and Languages inaugurated the exhibition at Hakra Art Gallery. On this occasion, Chairman of Iqbaliyaat Department, Dr. Muhammad Rafiqul Islam, Sajjad Hussain, Director of Arts Council, Bahawalpur, Farjad Faiz College. of Fine Arts and Design and teachers were present. Allama Iqbal’s photographs were placed in the first part of the exhibition. From the beginning to the last days, the life of Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal was presented through pictures.

Some rare photographs were appreciated by the chief guest. Iqbal’s philosophy of self was presented in calligraphy and paintings. The guests and students expressed their interest in the works of art created in different mediums. A long portrait of Allama Iqbal, which was assembled from various pieces. On this occasion, manuscripts of Allama Iqbal’s speech were also exhibited, which Allama Muhammad Hasan had personally prepared due to non-availability. Researchers were interested in this pattern of cardiovascular involvement in Bahawalpur state.

The artworks exhibited were based on art, textiles and calligraphy. Dr. Muhammad Rafiqul Islam, Chairman of the Department of Iqbaliyat, said that in these events, students from school to university level participated. The opportunity has been given so that they can play their role in national development by becoming aware of the understanding of the philosophy of self. This exhibition will continue for ten days, in which the life and teachings of Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal have been highlighted.

For more information, contact:
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB)
University Chowk, Gulshan Colony, Bahawalpur,
Punjab – 63100, Pakistan
Tel: +92-62-9250235
Fax: +92-62-9250335