Entire Pakistani nation stands with Chinese people: Sheikh Rashid

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ISLAMABAD, 25 February 2020 – Mudasser Chudhary:

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Tuesday said the entire Pakistani nation was standing with the Chinese people, who were passing through the difficult time after the breakout of Coronavirus.

He expressed these view during a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, who called on him here.

The minister sympathized with the envoy over the loss of precious lives due to the virus.

Secretary Pakistan Railways Habibur Rehman Gilani was also present in the meeting.

During the meeting, the two sides also discussed ongoing projects between Pakistan-China and agreed to accelerate their pace.

Sheikh Rashid said after the approval from the Ministry of Planning in March, the work on Peshawar-Karachi Main-Line-One (ML-1) project would be started during the current year and would be completed within a period of five-year at a cost of about $ 9 billion.

He thanked the Chinese ambassador for taking keen interest in the ML-1 project and expressed the hope that steps would be taken to restore the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.

Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing said rapid development of road and rail infrastructure was inevitable for economic development of Pakistan.“We will fully cooperate with Pakistan” he added.

He said Pakistan and China always stood with each other in difficult times.