PESHAWAR, September 6: The Chinese president has postponed his visit to Pakistan due to the ongoing sit-ins and protests in the federal capital Islamabad.
The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik activists have been protesting since 14 August, demanding Prime Minister Mr Nawaz Sharif to resign.
According to the foreign office spokesman Mr Tasneem Aslam, the visit of Mr Xi Jinping, the president of People’s Republic of China, has been postponed as per the decision of both the countries and that the new date for the visit would be announced soon.
The federal government had already announced the postponement of the Chinese president’s visit and held the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik responsible for it. PTI chief Mr Imran Khan had stated that they would not be a hurdle to the visit and that they would welcome the Chinese president warmly.
According to the federal government, the visit of the Chinese presidents was meant to sign an agreement between two countries for projects worth 3,400 billion rupees.
A statement issued from the prime minister’s office last month said China was willing to set up power stations to start generating more than 10,000 megawatts, with an aim to overcome energy crisis in Pakistan.