Pakistan cannot be pressured to downgrade ties with China: PM Imran

 Pakistan cannot be pressured to downgrade ties with China: PM Imran

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD, 30 June: Prime Minister(PM) Imran Khan said that Pakistan and China enjoyed special relationship spanning over 70 years of friendship and declared that nothing could change the time-tested ties.

PM Imran, in an exclusive interview with China Global Television Network(CGTN), dilated upon the deep-rooted ties between the two countries.

Pak-China relationship

To a query, he emphatically reiterated, “ Whatever will happen… relationship between our two countries, no matter what pressure is put on us, is not going to change.”

In the region, he said, a strange and great power rivalry took place, which everybody knew. It could create problems. The United States(US) formed a regional alliance called ‘Quad’, including India and a couple of other countries. “So, from that point of view, Pakistan thinks that it is very unfair of the US and other Western powers. For countries like Pakistan to take sides. Why should we take sides! We should have good relations with everyone,” he maintained.

PM Khan categorically said if pressure was put on Pakistan to change. Its relations or downgrade its ties with China, it would not happen.

“Relationship between Pakistan and China is very deep, it’s not just the governments, but it’s people-to-people relationship,” he added.

People of China had special place in the hearts of PakistaniS

PM Imran Khan further said that “when Pakistan had been in trouble politically or internationally, or had conflicts, China always stood with them. The people of China had special place in the hearts of Pakistanis,” he said, adding, “You remember friends who stand with you in all times. In good times, everyone stands with you, but in difficult, tough and bad times, you remember those who stood by you.” The people of Pakistan had that kind of fondness for the people of China, he added.

PM Khan, to another question, replied that the relationship between the two countries grew stronger, even now politically and on the international fora Pakistan and China stood together. About China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said CPEC was ‘the biggest thing happening in Pakistan,’ and where its economic future was moving.

Meanwhile, PM Imran Khan has said that provision of relief to farmers is amongst the top priorities of the government for which reforms are being introduced to the agriculture sector under a comprehensive strategy.

He was talking to Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam, who called on him yesterday.

During the meeting, they discussed record production of all crops and a strategy for upcoming crops.

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