Chinese Vice President arrives in Pakistan on three day visit

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received the Chinese vice president at Noor Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Sunday May 26, 2019 – (Photo by Foreign Office)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Chinese Vice President arrives in Pakistan on three day visit

  • ‘Visit is a reflection of the deep relationship between Pakistan and China,’ FM Qureshi
  • VP Qishan will be meeting President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan arrived in Islamabad on Sunday for a three-day visit to Pakistan and was received by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiar at Rawalpindi’s Nur Khan airbase during a traditional welcome reception.
According to Qureshi, Pakistan and China will be signing five different memos of understanding (MoUs) on bilateral cooperation during Qishan’s visit. The Vice President is also due to meet Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
"His three day visit is a reflection of the deep relationship of Pakistan and China," Qureshi said earlier on Sunday, and added that both countries were committed to progress under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a massive $62 billion infrastructure project centred around Pakistan’s southwestern port city of Gwadar, and part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative which spans huge investments in 152 countries.
“The visit is in continuation of high-level exchanges between the two countries, which have acquired an increased momentum," according to a statement from Pakistan’s foreign office.
Qishan's visit is expected to reinforce ties between both countries and add momentum to their increasing, multi-faceted cooperation in diverse fields.


‘They have crushed our voices’, Kashmiris on not being allowed to pray

Updated 24 min 37 sec ago
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‘They have crushed our voices’, Kashmiris on not being allowed to pray

  • More than 3,000 people have been arrested from different parts of the valley, media reports
  • Most of the big mosques have been shutdown to avoid people amassing for a large congregation

SRINAGAR, Kashmir: A strange silence engulfs Kashmir valley three weeks after the abrogation of the Article 370 that ensured a special autonomous status for Jammu and Kashmir in the Indian union.
This is the silence enforced by the fear of the gun after arrests of a large number of politicians, activists, lawyers, businessmen, and commoners.
“I have been summoned at least four times by the Indian troops and harassed, barring me from offering my prayers. I requested them, explaining that no one indulges in agitation in this area...” Hafiz Altaf Ahmed Shah, an imam at the local mosque told Arab News.
Media reports suggest that more than 3,000 people have been arrested from different parts of the valley and put in special detention centers in the semi-autonomous state or outside.
For those spared or lucky to avoid arrest, a lurking danger looms if they resist – be it a cleric or a professor, male or female, exercising restraint is the only option left.
In Srinagar and outside, most of the big mosques have been shutdown to avoid people amassing for a large congregation – a potential recipe for resistance.
“Our three story mosque is usually at full capacity but today, only 10 to 12 people offered Friday prayers because of the curfew,” Shah said.
Small and medium-sized mosques are under constant vigil. The clerics of these mosques have been ordered to lie low and not lead prayers in their mosques.
“We are being subjected to injustice by the Indian government and the world is aware. But no one is speaking on these issues. They have shut down our communication. They have silenced and crushed our voices,” Shah said.
Watch this exclusive video by Arab News to get a sense of what’s happening in the area.