China confirms US$ 180 million aid for law enforcers’ capacity building


Minister for Interior Senator Rehman A. Malik Friday held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Meng Chiang in Chinese capital, said a message from Beijing.

The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere in which matters of mutual interest came under discussion. During the meeting, China confirmed US$ 180 million to be given to Pakistan for enhancing the capacity of its law enforcement agency.

China also offered training facilities for Pakistani LEAs personnel and RMB (Chinese currency) 2 million for police equipments. Minister for Interior Rehman A. Malik signed donation confirmation with his Chinese counterpart. Chinese Minister for Public Safety Meng Chiang appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in the war against terrorism.

Earlier addressing the Pakistani community at Pakistan embassy, Rehman Malik said that when PPP-led government came to power two years back, it was confronted with a number of challenges including terrorism but with the support of masses and wise decisions of the political leadership, most of the challenges were either solved or reduced to some degree.

In this regard, he especially referred to the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award which remained dormant for many years,but the government with consensus of all political forces got it implemented.

He said that the other major problem the country facing at present is the shortage of power. The government is well aware of the difficulties of the masses owing to power shortage and it has taken a number of steps to reduce the loadshedding. He said that the steps taken recently in this regard are short term measures. The government is also working on war footing to address the issue of power outages.

Rehman Malik said that the democratically elected government is resolved to eliminate terrorism and informed the meeting about the success the government has achieved with the support of Pakistan Army and law enforcing agencies in flushing out terrorists from Swat and Malakand areas.

We are proud of our Pakistan army’s unprecedented efforts in ensuring peace in these areas, said Rehman Malik. He said that it was also responsibility of the international community to come forward and make their contribution in eliminating the menace of terrorism.

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Meanwhile a report from Beijing says; Underscoring the strong commitment of the leadership and people of Pakistan to the advancement of the Pakistan-China relations, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said here Friday that the foundation of the solid friendship between Pakistan and China has been laid by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai.

This friendly relationship was further consolidated by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Malik said and added that President Asif Ali Zardari’s four visits and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s three visits to China have further fortified these bonds.

Malik who was on a 2-day official visit to China expressed these views during detailed talks with State Councillor and Minister for Public Security of China, Meng Jianzhu at the Great Hall of the People. The State Councillor also hosted a banquette in the honour of the minister and his delegation. During the talks, Malik conveyed sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan on loss of lives in the recent Qinghai earthquake. He also congratulated China for the successful inauguration of Shanghai Expo.

The interior minister briefed his Chinese counterpart on government of Pakistan’s efforts to address the challenges of separatism, extremism and terrorism. He stated that Pakistan was a victim of terrorism and thousands of its citizens and soldiers have laid their lives in fighting the menace. He underscored that despite all these losses, people and the government of Pakistan remained determined in their resolve to defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He also shared Pakistan’s perspective on recent developments in the region.

Minister Meng Jianzhu warmly welcomed the interior minister and his delegation. He agreed with the minister that Pakistan and China enjoyed a special relationship based on mutual understanding and trust.
He expressed satisfaction at the current level of cooperation between the two countries and reaffirmed China’s strong support for Pakistan’s security and economic development. He thanked Pakistan for making foolproof arrangements for the security of Chinese workers in Pakistan as well as for taking action against the terrorist who are trying to destabilize China.

Both the ministers underlined their resolve to deepen bilateral cooperation on security, counterterrorism, drug trafficking and organized crimes. Malik thanked the Chinese government and people for their resolute support to Pakistan in its time of need. The two ministers signed a document regarding donation of police equipment worth RMB two million from China to Pakistan. The Interior minister thanked China for the donation of equipment as well as its earlier soft loan of  US$ 180 million for purchase of security equipment from China.

During the meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, the two leaders underlined the importance of Pakistan-China strategic and all-weather partnership and agreed to address common threats to their security and stability. The interior minister briefed the Chinese foreign minister on the efforts by the Government of Pakistan to confront and overcome the challenge of extremism and terrorism.

The Chinese foreign minister deeply appreciated the strong commitment of President Asif Ali Zardari to further deepen the strong relationship between Pakistan and China, which is symbolized by his four visits to China since assuming office last year. He also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts towards fighting terrorism. Both sides agreed to continue close consultations and cooperation in all areas of common interest at the bilateral, regional and global levels.

The interior minister also met Chen Qiufa, Administrator of State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND). During the meeting both sides expressed satisfaction over the progress of ongoing security and defence projects between Pakistan and China.

Malik stated that the defence cooperation between the two countries is to ensure security and promote stability and peace in the region. He appreciated China’s diplomatic and material support to Pakistan in its struggle against terrorism. Chen Qiufa underscored that the political and military leadership of the two countries have common perception on major regional and international issues.

The two sides agreed to establish a high level Task Force to monitor implementation of the MoUs earlier signed between the two countries. From the Chinese side the Task Force would include the representatives of SASTIND, NORINCO, Poly Technologies and Huawei. The Chinese side informed that it has already completed all formalities for implementation of the MoUs and is awaiting response from Pakistan side.

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