Won’t forgive enemies of Pakistan-China friendship: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that enemies will not be allowed to harm the historical friendship between Pakistan and China.

Addressing a memorial service held for victims of the Karachi University attack in Islamabad on Saturday, he said the enemies of the Pakistan-China all-weather strategic partnership will not be forgiven.

Expressing his anguish and shock over the incident in which three Chinese teachers were killed, Zardari said we will not rest till the perpetrators of the heinous act will be given exemplary punishment.

He said this was an attack on Pakistan-China friendship and will not be tolerated.

Zardari said these Chinese teachers were pursuing the noble mission to educate our students in the Chinese language and build bridges between our two peoples. He said the sacrifices of both Chinese and Pakistanis in nurturing our bonds of brotherhood will not go in vain.

He said we will continue to cherish and honour the sacrifices that have enabled us to forge a community of shared future in a new era.

Zardari reaffirmed Pakistan’s determination to ensure the safety and security of its Chinese friends.

The Foreign Minister said the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China is time tested and timeless. He said we will face every challenge together and emerge even stronger. He said our Iron brotherhood will continue to grow.

In his remarks, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood said Pakistan and China’s relationship has grown from strength to strength despite changes in the global and regional landscape. He said Pakistan and China always stood by each other and overcame challenges with solidarity and mutual support.

He said we will defeat terrorism whilst working together in the same spirit of mutual trust and close collaboration.

Chinese Charge D’Affaires Pang Chunxue, in her remarks, stated the Chinese killed in the Karachi University attack were the cultural ambassadors between Pakistan and China, and their remarkable achievements will be written in the history of this friendship.

She said we will work with Pakistan to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to bring the perpetrators to justice.

She said China and Pakistan’s all-weather friendship is deeply rooted in the hearts of our two peoples. She said the iron clad friendship between Pakistan and China is unbreakable.

Pang Chunxue said her country will continue to support socio-economic development of Pakistan. She said any attempt to undermine the two countries’ mutual trust and cooperation and the construction of CPEC is doomed to fail.

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