BEIJING: Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has arrived in China to participate in the ‘3rd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation.’ He was received by Chinese Minister of Science & Technology, Wang Zhigang, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Jiang Zaidong and Ambassador of Pakistan to China Moin-ul-Haq.
The Prime Minister is undertaking the visit at the invitation of China’s President Xi Jinping. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation including members of the cabinet and senior government officials.
The Prime Minster will attend the Opening Ceremony of the BRF and address the High-Level Forum titled ‘Connectivity in an Open Global Economy’ to be held on 18 October 2023.
The Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Qiang and Mr. Li Xi, member of the Standing Committee of Politburo of CPC Central Committee. The leaders will discuss all facets of bilateral relations, with particular focus on strengthening trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. They will exchange views on major regional and global developments. The Prime Minister will also meet with other leaders of countries participating in the BRF.
While in China, the Prime Minister will meet with leading Chinese entrepreneurs and preside over an interactive roundtable on CPEC to explore new avenues for strengthening trade and investment ties between Pakistan and China.
Before departure, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar affirmed Pakistan’s solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine on Monday, calling for an immediate ceasefire.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, shared on X (formerly Twitter), expressed Pakistan’s concern for the ongoing violence and loss of life in Gaza.
“We stand in solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and call for an immediate ceasefire and lifting of the blockade in Gaza. Israel’s deliberate, indiscriminate and disproportionate targeting of civilians in Gaza is against all norms of civility and in manifest violation of international law,” it read.
The statement further urged everyone to see the breakout of violence in the context of years of “forced and illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and repressive policies against its people” and not in isolation.
PM Kakar called on the United Nations and the international community to prepare for aid and relief supplies to reach Gaza safely. “The UN and international community must immediately act to open safe and unrestricted humanitarian corridors for the transportation of urgently needed relief supplies to the besieged Gaza.”
It also added that Pakistan is closely coordinating with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its member states on the fast-deteriorating situation in Gaza.
Furthermore, the official statement shared that Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani will be representing Pakistan at the emergency meeting of OIC’s executive committee on October 18.
He will call for urgent action to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza, read the statement.
A day ago, Jilani called out Israel for committing genocide against the people of Palestine as atrocities in Gaza continue to rage on.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he described the current situation as a consequence of “seven decades of illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories”.
Israel committed aggression and conducted aerial attacks over Gaza, resulting in the deaths of scores of women and children, said Jillani, adding that any attempt to equate Israel, an aggressor, with the Palestinians’ struggle for self-determination is “unacceptable”.
He categorically maintained that there was no change in Pakistan’s policy regarding Israel. It would continue pursuing the same policy adopted in the past and would continue to do so until the Palestinians attain their right to self-determination under United Nations Security Council and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) resolutions, he said.
The interim minister reiterated that Pakistan condemns the siege of Gaza as the Palestinian people continue to face unabated Israeli aggression while deprived of water, food and power. The situation has led to a severe human crisis, he said.
Jillani asserted that Israel should respect and implement international laws, the UNSC and the OIC resolutions over Palestinians’ right to self-determination for an independent state.
FM Jilani further stressed on the separate status of Palestine under the two-state policy accepted by the international community, with an independent state of Palestine having pre-1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.