Islamabad: China on Tuesday pledged its "full
support" for Pakistan`s sovereignty and territorial integrity
and vowed to work with it for peace in the region, amid
tensions between Islamabad and Washington over allegations
that ISI was conducting a proxy war in Afghanistan.
Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu, who arrived
in Islamabad yesterday, conveyed Beijing`s support during a
meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani this afternoon.
Meng extended China`s "full support" to Pakistan`s
"sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and vowed
to work with it for progress and peace in the region and the
world", state-run APP news agency reported.
Pakistan is the only country that enjoys an "all-weather
friendship with China," he said.
Gilani thanked China for backing Pakistan when it needs
support "the most", said a statement issued by the premier`s
Gilani added, "Your friends are our friends, your enemies
are our enemies and your security is our security".
The two countries together "can progress and prosper and
bring the dividends of development to their people", he added.
After his meeting with the visiting Chinese minister,
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik also pledged to crack
down against Chinese militants hiding in the country`s restive
tribal belt, saying China`s enemy was an enemy of his country.
Meng, who met Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
shortly after his arrival in Islamabad yesterday, said he had
held "very meaningful and productive" meetings with President
Asif Ali Zardari and the military leadership.
Gilani referred to the cooperation between the two
countries in terrorism, intelligence-sharing and anti-
narcotics and said: "We will cooperate with you to the extent
you want us to cooperate".
Though Meng travelled to Islamabad at a time when
Pakistan-US ties have plunged to a new low, the Foreign Office
spokesperson contended his visit was prescheduled and in the
context of the 60th anniversary of Sino-Pakistan ties.
In public remarks, Meng said his discussions with
Pakistani leaders would focus on ways to "contribute to
national security and regional stability".
Cooperation against Uighur Chinese militants were also
discussed, Malik told the media.
Pakistani officials describe their ties with China as an
China provides Pakistan with large amounts of direct
foreign investment in sectors like telecommunications and
Meng`s visit assumes significance as Pakistan and the US
are engaged in a war of words following US military chief Adm
Mike Mullen`s accusation that the Inter-Services Intelligence
has backed the Haqqani network in carrying out terror attacks
Mullen described the Haqqani network as a "veritable
arm" of the ISI.