外文标题：Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to attend APEC, seek Chinese funds for projects
BEIJING: Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader’s Meeting in Beijing next week as an observer on the invitation of Chinese president Xi Jinping.
Xi had also invited India to be an observer and requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend it during his talks in New Delhi last September. But India has not taken up the offer.
Sharif may have a difficult time convincing Chinese leaders that he was doing his best to check the influence of Pakistan based Taliban in China’s western province of Xinjiang, which is a hotbed of terrorism by Islamic groups. Violent incidents in Xinjiang, particularly the Kashgar area bordering Pakistan, has risen sharply in the past few months leading to suspicion that Islamabad is not keeping its promise on this count.
“The visit will further strengthen the bilateral relations,” Radio Pakistan quoted Sharif as saying before leaving Islamabad for China on Friday. He expects to meet both Xi and Chinese premier Li Keqiang and sign agreements for investments, Sharif said.
Chinese leaders would be busy meeting heads of state from at least 21 countries during the APEC summit. It is not clear how much time they can spare for the Pakistani president.
Pakistan is seeking Chinese assistance for further development of the Gwadar Port in southwestern Balochistan province. Sharif will also seek Chinese funds and technical assistance for construction of Khuzdar-Gwadar road as part of planned economic corridor between the two countries.
Vijay Kumar (Bamako, Mali)
Pak should forget Kashmir. 99.99% it will remain with India. On a worst situation it may get independence, never it will join Pakistan knowing this fact only for political reason you are spoiling the whole Pakistan.
Pigistan need only bomb and gun to play killing games.
Akshay Patil (Pune)
Whomever it is with , the more Pakistan involves in business activities , its good form them and for us as well. I wander why Indians rejected the meet.
Akshay Patil (Pune)
How nice it is to see Pakistan talking about business with countries rather than those hateful thoughts and war notices..
pankaj kumar (Pune, Maharashtra)
Mr. Sharif…foreign funds does nothing. You have to bring down defense budget and use the fund for development. Forget Kashmir issue, stop state sponsorship of terrorism and concentrate for development.
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Vijay Kumar (Bamako, Mali) replies to pankaj kumar
right way to go
Anand Tiwari (Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh)
As usual paki goes with a begging bowl, Ek paisa dhe dee allah ke naan…….
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