ISLAMABAD–Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tasneem Aslam, during a media briefing on Friday, said that Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Pakistan this year.
“The exact dates are being worked out,” said Aslam. “Once we have confirmed the dates, we will make an announcement in Islamabad and Beijing as per practice.”
A source had earlier told Dawn that Yi will be arriving in Islamabad on Feb 9 on a two-day official visit.
Late last year, following consultations between the governments of China and Pakistan, the visit of Chinese president to the country had been cancelled in light of protests in Islamabad led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).
As the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) blamed PTI chief Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahirul Qadri’s protest in the capital for the cancellation of Chinese president’s visit, counterpart India rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping on his maiden visit to India.
Responding to a question regarding Afghan refugees, Aslam added that Pakistan is hosting 1.6 million Afghan refugees.
“We have signed a trilateral agreement with the Afghan government and the UNHCR with regards to their return to Afghanistan by the end of this year,” she added.
Furthermore, Aslam mentioned that over 300 Pakistani devotees are stranded in Iraq, and the Pakistan embassy in Baghdad is providing food other facilities to them.
Regarding Kashmir Day, the spokesperson said that Pakistan commemorates Kashmir Day every year to express its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support.
“Pakistan has called upon India to honour the commitment made by its first prime minister for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris,” Aslam added.
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She said unlike India, Pakistan’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir is based on UN resolutions, international law and underpinned by political and moral principles.
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