PM Imran Khan leaves for China today

09:04 AM | 6 Oct, 2019
PM Imran Khan leaves for China today

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for a three-day visit to China today on an official visit.

The Pakistani premier would discuss several affairs, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Kashmir dispute, with Chinese leadership.

PM Khan visit comes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India and Nepal. Sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said details of the PM's visit to Beijing have been finalized and he will return to Islamabad on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Minister for Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtiar and Finance Advisor Hafeex Sheikh will be accompanying the premier on the visit.

The delegation will discuss the  CPEC, Karachi-Peshawar ML-1 railway track and other affairs with the Chinese leaders.

The bilateral meetings will also finalize matters relating to the mutual cooperation committee. Discussion will also be held on the Kashmir dispute with the Chinese leadership.

The prime minister, during his visit, will also address China-Pakistan business Forum in Beijing on the subject of "Economic and Trade Exchange and Cooperation,' according to Chinese media.

During his visit, the Prime Minister will hold separate meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

The premier will also meet with Chinese entrepreneurs and heads of different companies during the visit, the Radio Pakistan reported.

The two sides will discuss immediate implementation of Phase-II of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, signed between the two strategic cooperative partners to further enhance bilateral business and trade.

They will also examine the abolition of quota for all Pakistani products like rice, wheat, corn, soybean, sugar and tobacco as Pakistan will prove to be a food basket for China.

It will be the third visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China within a year.