India no threat to Sino-Pak ties: Jamali
KARACHI: Pakistan’s friendship with China will continue to grow and is not under threat by Beijing’s improved relations with New Delhi, Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali said on Thursday at a ceremony to mark the rolling out of the 10,000th Chinese engine at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s Base Faisal.
“China can share its economic views with its neighbours but as far as our friendship is concerned, it is going to last for millions and millions of hours ahead,” the prime minister said. He paid tribute to all those involved in the production of engines for PAF aircraft, but said standards must be raised. “We are living in a world of specialisation and competition and we cannot come up to expectations unless we develop our professional skills and acquire specialisation in the field,” he said.
In praise of President General Pervez Musharraf, Mr Jamali said there should be a balance between religion and worldly affairs, and this balance has been maintained since October 1999, when Gen Musharraf took control in a military coup.
Earlier Air Vice Marshal Shahzad Aslam Chaudhry in his welcome address said the ceremony was meant to mark not just the 10,000th Chinese aircraft engine, but all the ones before which have powered the PAF’s defence of Pakistan. “Owing to Pakistan’s peculiar geo-strategic situations, it has remained an unavoidable compulsion to acquire equipment from various sources across the globe. However, this diversification among other things posted technical challenges that had to be successfully negotiated by the PAF,” he said.
He remembered all the officers, airmen and civilians who had contributed to the success of the engines venture between Pakistan and China. “We acknowledge the efforts of our predecessors at this momentous occasion and assure them that the mission is collectively owned and our spirit knows no limits.” The ceremony was attended, among others, by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Ali Mehr, Corps Commander Lt General Tariq Waseem Ghazi, Chief of Air Staff Kaleem Saadat, Karachi Nazim Naimatullah Khan, and Military Attaché of China Major General Cai Jixhua.
The 102 Engine Workshop has also been upgraded for the overhaul of the latest acquired Chinese F-7 PG Engine. —APP