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March 4, 2014

China to sell helicopters to Pakistan: Mamnoon

March 4, 2014

KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain here on Monday said that China would sell helicopters to Pakistan and these would prove to be an effective tool in the war against terrorism. He said that China would also supply submarines to Pakistan.
Talking to media representatives during an interactive session at the State Guest House, Mamnoon Hussain said that he had a detailed discussion on the Karachi situation with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and he intended to have a similar meeting with the chief minister.He said that China would soon start work on the Lahore-Karachi Motorway. China would purchase the JF-17 Thunder aircraft from Pakistan for its air force.“This will increase the demand for our aircraft in the international market,” he said.
He informed the media that China wanted to make investment in many projects in Pakistan. The investment by China will also create employment opportunities here. He said the Chinese authorities showed their concern over the security of the Chinese working in Pakistan and he assured a better security cover to the Chinese friends.
Mamnoon Hussain said that he had discussed the issue with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and suggested forming a special force to provide foolproof security to the Chinese.He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was committed to restoring peace and security in the city and the government was making the best possible efforts on this account.
However, he said certain political expediencies at local level were impeding the ongoing targeted operation in the city. He said that ensuring peace and security in the country and strengthening the economy were the top priorities of the government. Improving the law and order situation in Karachi is essential for the revival and growth of the country’s economy, he maintained.
He said that Karachi had become a sanctuary of terrorists and other criminals because it had around 20 million population and more than 500 katchi abadis. Had the law

enforcing agencies taken it seriously and reacted strongly, these Abadis would not have emerged, he said.
Mamnoon Hussain said that the social and economic issues and challenges facing Pakistan these days and the low scale of development were caused by repeated derailing of democracy or creating hurdles in the democratic process over the last 66 years. “In India, the democratic process smoothly moved on and as a result, national institutions strengthened and flourished there. This contributed a lot to the development process of the country,” he remarked.
The president described his visit to China as successful. He declared the Sino-Pak Economic Corridor as a unique project of the present century, which was being executed with the cooperation of China. Not only Pakistan and China but the Central Asia and the entire Europe will benefit from the mega project.
Later, the corridor will be expanded to Karachi from Gwadar. He said two nuclear power plants being set up in Karachi in cooperation with China would generate 2,200MW electricity daily. Three more such plants will be set up in other areas of the country. To a question, he said Pakistan wanted good relations with all the other countries, including the US and neighbouring countries.
Mamnoon said that he was the chancellor of 17 universities of the country and he would be working for the promotion of quality education and for better health facilities in every nook and corner of the country. He said that he was personally taking interest and supporting the anti-polio campaign in the country to overcome this menace at the earliest.

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