ISLAMABAD Chinese, Saudi and Turkish troops for the 1st time joined the Pakistan Day parade in the cash Islamabad on Thursday, in a sign of deepening ties.
Right before Pakistan showed off lengthy-range rockets, tanks and other navy components, armed Chinese troops marched earlier Key Minister Nawaz Sharif and Standard Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of Pakistan’s highly effective navy.
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain claimed it was the 1st time Chinese troops participated in a parade in a overseas nation, terming it a “historic party”, with the two nations around the world embarking on building vast infrastructure jointly.
Soldiers from Saudi Arabia, a lengthy-time Pakistan ally, also joined the parade, as did a navy band from Turkey, a further mainly Muslim country that has strengthened ties with nuclear-armed Pakistan in latest many years.
Islamabad considers China an “all-weather conditions good friend” and in latest many years the nations around the world have grown even closer on the back again of the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a Beijing-funded network of street, rail and pipelines that will connection western China with Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port of Gwadar.
The militaries of the two nations around the world have in latest many years also greater cooperation, with Chinese officers urging Pakistan to do far more to increase protection to enable CPEC function.
China has lengthy pressed Pakistan to do far more to rein in Islamist militants, expressing they have connections with extremists and separatists in China’s unruly significantly western area of Xinjiang.
The United States also has a strategic partnership with Pakistan, but the ties appear transactional at moments, with Washington periodically chopping off funding for the Pakistani navy to penalize it for failing to do plenty of to control Islamist militants destabilizing the area.
(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan Writing by Drazen Jorgic Modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore)