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Pakistan & China need to stay strong to thwart bids of anti-peace forces

RAWALPINDI: Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Nong Rong called on Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, here at the GHQ, Monday. - NNI photo

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that while Pakistan and China work for peace, they need to stay strong to thwart designs of all inimical forces challenging their resolve, particularly those threatening China-Pakistan strategic cooperation.
The comments of the army chief came during a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong who called on him at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“In wake of the recent Dasu bus incident involving Chinese citizens, the COAS extended heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the government and the people of the Republic of China, particularly the bereaved families,” the statement read.
Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan Army greatly values its brotherly relations with Pakistan’s time-tested friend and also assured full support, cooperation and security for Chinese citizens working in Pakistan.
The ISPR further said that both agreed on the need for continuous engagement and coordination for peace and stability in the region.
The meeting comes days after a shuttle bus carrying Chinese engineers plunged into a deep ravine after an explosion on board. At least 13 people including nine Chinese nationals were killed in the tragic incident.
The bus was ferrying the Chinese and Pakistani workers to an under-construction tunnel site of the Dasu Hydropower project in the remote Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan also spoke with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and assured him that the government of Pakistani would spare no effort to fully investigate the incident.
“He [prime minister] assured that no effort would be spared to fully investigate the incident,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office detailing the telephone call between the two premiers. – TLTP