Pakistan proud of friendship with China: Khurshid

Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said on Monday that Pak-China friendship was a time tested and progressing by leaps and bounds. “The exemplary friendship between the two countries is higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans. We all are proud of the friendship with China and it is in the heart of every citizen of both the countries-no matter which government comes or goes,” he said while talking to a 12-member Chinese Muslims delegation.
The delegation headed by Deputy Governor of Xinjiang province of China called on the minister here at the ministry.
Shah said that Pakistan’s friendship with China was above all interests and the time had proved that the two countries enjoy commendable relations with each other.
Earlier, he warmly welcomed the Shoukat Amin Vice Chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and all members of the delegation on their visit to Pakistan.
He congratulated all the delegation on the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.
He said Pakistan was proud of China’s great achievements, determination and hard work of Chinese people which has transformed the country in a short time.
A close neighbour can be more helpful than a relative living far away, he remarked and added that if the Karakorum Highway linking the two countries could be called the symbol of Pak-China friendship in the 20th century, the Gwadar port construction in Balochistan province was another mega-project symbolizing the two countries friendship in the 21st century.
He said Islam recognizes that there are numerous religions on this earth, and gives the right to individuals to choose their own path which they believe.
“In Islam, religion is not to be, and was never, forced upon an individual against their own will. Islam promotes religious tolerance and set the guidelines for interaction with love and affection with people of other faiths.
Islam also teaches us not to criticize other religions.”
He said the Government of Pakistan greatly appreciate the steps taken by the Chinese Government to improve the livelihood of the muslims living in China especially Xinjiang.
The program launched by the Chinese Government for economic development of the Xinjiang would not only develop the region’s economy but also create dividends for the neighboring countries.
“It is a matter of great satisfaction for us to see our Muslim brothers in China enjoying the fruits of the country’s great economic progress.”
He said Holy Prophet (PBUH) had said that “learn the knowledge even if you have to go to China” since then china is in the heart of every Muslim.
“I believe that socio-cultural and religious exchange visits would be beneficial for our ties and to learn from each other experiences, success stories and to share knowledge.”

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Pakistan proud of friendship with China: Khurshid.

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