PM Khan says no military solution to Yemen dispute

Lifestyle       by Bushra Nayeem | Published

Lifestyle by Bushra Nayeem | Published

An embarrassed PTV later tweeted, "Today, during a live address of the Prime Minister during his ongoing visit to China, a typographical error took place, which remained on screen for 20 seconds and later removed".

The two sides also held discussions on immediate market access for Pakistan's exports as well as the balance of payments support.

On Saturday, China said it had agreed to "firmly move forward" with infrastructure projects in Pakistan following meetings between Mr Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

A statement released by the Finance Ministry echoed Umar's remarks, adding that "a senior level delegation comprising of federal secretaries of finance, foreign affairs, planning & development and commerce along with the State Bank of Pakistan's (SBP) governor will undertake a visit to China during the current week to work out the modalities". "We enjoy very good relationship that has been operating at a very high level", she said.

CPEC, a $64 billion megaproject signed in 2014, aims to connect China's strategically important northwestern Xinjiang province to Pakistan's Gwadar Port through a network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport cargo, oil and gas.

Khan, who is on an official trip to China to secure an economic package for his cash-strapped country, was addressing a ceremony on Sunday at the Central Party School which was shown live by the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV). He had also said that no other country had tackled poverty and corruption the way China did.

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"We can learn a lot of China in this regard and through modern technology, we can increase our productivity and out per-acre yield", he said.

He said details of the agreements signed between Pakistan and China would come to the fore in the next few days.

He said that the talks were not limited to a financial package, but also encompassed long-term partnership and investment with China.

Regarding the second phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), he said that both sides would try to wrap it up by April 2019.

The information minister said a deadlock between the government and the opposition on the issue of appointment of chairman of the Public Accounts Committee persisted, adding that the government could not accept Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif as PAC chairman.

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