ISLAMABAD: Chairman, Senate Foreign affairs Committee and Pakistan-China Institute, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed hosted an all parties Webinar on "Confronting Coronavirus and Pakistan-China relations' in which eight different political parties participated.
This online video conference was the first event of its kind held in Pakistan since the outbreak of corona virus crises which focused on 'Confronting coronavirus: Pakistan China relations, CPEC and impact on global order'.
The two-hour long conference was participated by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Azam Khan Swati (PTI), Deputy Chairman Senate, Senator Saleem Mandviwalla (PPP), Senator Usman Kakar (PKMAP), Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar (BAP), Senator Talha Mehmood (JUI-F), Senator Sitara Ayaz (ANP) and Senator Mushtaq Ahmed (JI)The participants were also given presentation by the Executive Director Pakistan-China Institute, Mustafa Hyder Sayed giving details about the assistance provided by Pakistan to China and China to Pakistan during this crisis.
According to the fact sheet, Pakistan sent a special transport plane to china on February 1, 2020 sending valuable medical supplies including masks, at the time when there was a big shortage of such masks in China.
On February 10, 2020 Senator Mushahid Hussain sponsored a resolution in the Pakistan Senate, which was unanimously passed, expressing solidarity with China and a few days later the a similar resolution has been passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan and the Pakistan parliament was the first parliament to express such solidarity with China on the coronavirus crisis.
Pakistan is one of the few countries not to evacuate its nationals out of China, including the students at Wuhan which showed Pakistan's confidence and trust in China's ability to take care of our nationals "as their own".
On March 16-17, President Alvi specially flew to China to express Pakistani Nation's solidarity with China, a gesture which was appreciated by President Xi Jinping and entire Chinese people. The fact sheet also mentioned the air lift from China to Pakistan beginning March 25, which included 2 million face masks, 70,000 medical protective equipment, 100,000 testing kits, 217 ventilators plus a $4 million emergency medical grant from China to Pakistan to build a special hospital for corona virus patients.
In his opening remarks, the host, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that the coronavirus crisis had strengthened the Pakistan-China...