Security concerns compels China president to call off visit
ISLAMABAD: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan has been postponed on Thursday after his security team denied giving him clearance to visit the country.
Xi’s security delegation was in Islamabad Wednesday to review the security situation in light of the protests, and was not satisfied with the arrangement. The Chinese president was scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on September 14, 2014. According to the sources, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan had requested the government to vacate Red Zone of Islamabad ahead of the Chinese president’s visit. The message of Chinese ambassador was conveyed to both the leaders of the protesting parties, the sources said.
President Xi’s visit is seen as crucial for Pakistan, during which a number of economic and defence deals are expected to be signed between the two countries. Last month, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa also cancelled his visit to Pakistan in the wake of the country’s political situation. Meanwhile, PAT Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri Thursday termed that if the Chinese president postponed his visit then it is the government’s failure.
“It is the responsibility of the government to provide security to the foreign delegates,” he said while addressing the participants of sit-in atop his container. He lamented that parliamentarians have been labeling the innocent participants of anti-government march as ‘terrorists.’ “One-sided tribunal commission” has given the judgment against Shahbaz Sharif which has not been disclosed, he said. INP/DNA
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