President Mamnoon Hussain and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Saturday said Pak-China friendship and strategic partnership has been strengthening and moving forward “day by day and generations to generations” in the interest of the peoples of the two countries and for the peace and stability in the region.
This was stated by President Mamnoon Hussain at the unveiling ceremony of a new chandelier gifted by China for the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. China’s Ambassador Sun Weidong read out the message of China’s President Xi Jinping.
Speaking on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain said, “We are moving ahead for attaining our national goals in the light of the ideals of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for democratic freedoms, social justice, economic development and stability.”
The president said, “China’s friendship is our precious asset and the gift of the chandelier is a beautiful symbol of this close relationship.”
President Mamnoon Hussain thanked China’s president and government for this beautiful and lovely gift of chandelier. He also appreciated the Mazar’s administration for looking after the mausoleum.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his message read out by Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, expressed his delight over successful completion of China-aided chandelier project at Mazar-e-Quaid.
The Chinese president on behalf of the Chinese government, people, and himself extended warm congratulations to the people and government of Pakistan.
He said a crystal chandelier, presented by the Chinese government 46 years ago as a national gift to Pakistan became an often-quoted memory of friendly exchanges between China and Pakistan.
“Now the maintenance of the chandelier has been completed smoothly. It will become an important symbol of the friendship for generations between our countries and our peoples,” he added.
President Xi Jinping in his message said, “China-Pakistan friendship serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and our people, and contributes to peace and development of our region and the world at large. I attach high importance to China-Pakistan relations, and would like to join hands with you to promote greater development of China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.
“May China-Pakistan friendship pass on from generation to generation and retain its full vitality forever.”
President Mamnoon gave shields to China’s Ambassador and Commercial Councillor, Joint Secretary National History and Heritage Division Junaid, Mazar Management Board’s Engineer Arif Chaudhry and the representatives of the Chinese company which made the chandelier.
Prime Minister’s Adviser for National History and Heritage Irfan Siddiqui also spoke on the occasion. Senior Sindh Minister Nisar Khuhro and Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, among others, were also present.