Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that in an era of complex and profound changes at global and regional level, all weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China remained a strong anchor for peace, progress and prosperity.
Addressing the CPC and World Political Parties Summit virtually to mark 100th anniversary of founding of Communist Party of China, the prime minister reiterated Pakistan's support to China's efforts to safeguard world peace, contribute to global development, and preserve international order.
In the wake of emerging global and regional environment, the prime minister said Pakistan had recalibrated its priorities from geo-politics to geo-economics. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of BRI, complements Pakistan's renewed efforts of this geo-economic shift with emphasis on economic integration and regional connectivity, he said.
The summit was chaired by General Secretary CPC and President Xi Jinping and attended by more than 500 political parties and over 10,000 political workers/representatives from various parts of the world. About twenty-one world leaders also joined the summit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the abiding friendship with China and the CPEC complemented this vision of peace for themselves and for others, and shared prosperity and common development for their region and the world. Pakistan and China are "iron brothers." We support each other on issues of our respective core interests, he added.
The prime minister participated in the summit at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), further said that the year also marked 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. Our two nations are celebrating this historic milestone in a befitting manner. I am confident that the year 2021 would provide new vigor and vitality to our time-tested friendship, PM said.
In the virtual summit themed with 'For the People's Well-being', PM Imran Khan said CPC's mission of "Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and PTI's vision of Naya Pakistan" reflected the respective aspirations of the people of our two countries. Our two parties also share the spirit of struggle, commitment and fortitude, he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he formed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf on the principles of accountability, transparency, meritocracy and Islamic welfare to break the vicious cycle of elite capture, corruption and nepotism. He further said, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf remains committed to its original mission of rule of law, equality and justice.
Dilating upon his government's major achievements, he said the Ehsaas Program launched by PTI government last year was one of the leading social protection programmes in Asia. In its second phase, they envisaged to provide social protection to 8 million of the country's poorest citizens, he added.
The prime minister said they also made universal health coverage a priority in the health sector reforms. Under the "Ehsaas Sahulat" programme, they aimed to provide free of cost health insurance initially to the families living below the poverty line, and subsequently to all remaining families, he added.
About, 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project, the prime minister said it reflected their commitment to countering environmental degradation and reversing biodiversity loss. We are ready to contribute more than our share to protect this invaluable planet and help it heal from centuries of neglect, he said.
Moreover, in line with his government's Green Vision, he said, which aligned perfectly with President Xi's vision for green China, turning China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into green CPEC is a priority for Pakistan. He also stressed upon joining hands to advance the noble goals of peace and development, welfare of their peoples and building community of shared future for all mankind. Our people deserve no less. Let's help them fulfill their aspirations in fullest measure, he added.
The prime minister opined that the discourse in the summit would shed new light on the role of political parties in advancing the well-being of people. He also extended heartfelt felicitations, on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, to President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.
Founding of the CPC in 1921 was a seminal event in world history. The vision of the CPC leadership ignited the spirit of the Chinese nation and encouraged them to wage an epic struggle for liberation from foreign occupation, he said. The prime minister said Chairman Mao Zedong, and subsequently Deng Xiaoping, guided the Chinese people in reclaiming national dignity and China's rightful place in the world.
For decades, the CPC's spirit instilled new vigour and hope beyond China's borders. It inspired peoples of colonized nations and contributed to the end of colonial suppression. CPC's astonishing success rested in the people-centric approach of its development philosophy, he said.
The CPC's achievements of all-round national development, poverty alleviation, anti-corruption, and nation-building, are truly remarkable, he said, adding that CPC continued to command deep love, loyalty and devotion of the Chinese people. The prime minister said the CPC's achievements had opened new vistas of thought for political parties across the world.
The CPC had proven that attainment of political power is primarily meant for bringing a transformation in the lives of people and making them masters of their own destiny. Indeed, political parties can only enjoy public support and legitimacy if they continue to serve the people selflessly, he said.
The prime minister said President Xi's visionary leadership played a pivotal role in China's transformation and continued rise. His people-centric philosophy has made a critical difference as China has eliminated extreme poverty, achieved the goal of building a moderately prosperous society, and landed on the Mars, the prime minister said.
PM Imran Khan further appreciated President Xi's vision of shared prosperity, through BRI, which made a major impact on global sustainable development, thus proving his credentials as a global statesman. Under President Xi's stewardship, China achieved major success in the people's war against the COVID-19 pandemic. President Xi's declaration of making the COVID-19 vaccines a global public good was reflective of his sagacity, compassion and fairness, he added.