Pakistan confers 'Hilal-e-Pakistan' to Chinese transport minister in Beijing
By Zafar Hussain
BEIJING, June 29 (China Economic Net) - Pakistani Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque, on behalf of the President of Pakistan, conferred Pakistan’s civil award 'Hilal-e-Pakistan' upon Mr. Li Xiaopeng, Minister of Transport of China, at a special investiture ceremony held on June 28 at the Embassy of Pakistan, Beijing.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Moin ul Haque paid a rich tribute to Minister Li Xiaopeng for his endeavours for strengthening Pakistan-China friendship and his role for completion of important road connectivity projects in Pakistan. The Ambassador highlighted that CPEC was a central pillar of Pakistan’s socio-economic development vision and the two countries would ensure its smooth and steady implementation as envisaged by their leadership.
“Roads and bridges connect cities with shorter distances and help many isolated people living in far-flung areas. His role as the Minister of Transport of China is connecting the hearts and minds of people of Pakistan and China,” the Ambassador mentioned.
Minister Li Xiaopeng is an ardent advocate of China-Pakistan friendship and spearheaded implementation of several transport infrastructure projects in Pakistan under the framework of CPEC.
In his remarks, Mr. Li Xiaopeng expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for the conferment of civil award. He underlined that as All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partner and Iron Brother, China would continue to support key transport projects under CPEC in Pakistan contributing to the overall progress and development of the country. He also underscored the support of his ministry to meet Pakistan’s essential needs for the up-gradation of its transport infrastructure network.
“We are always working together to advance practical cooperation in transport and other areas of highway with Pakistan,” he added.
The event was attended by the senior officials of Chinese Ministry of Transport, representatives of media organizations and officers of Pakistani Embassy.