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Pakistan sign accord with China on Mazar-i-Quaid chandelier

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have signed an agreement on executing a project of manufacture and maintenance of the chandelier of the Mazar-i-Quaid.

Adviser to the prime minister on national history and literary heritage Irfan Siddiqui and Ambassador of China to Pakistan Sun Weidong signed the 13-page agreement here at the ministry of national history and literary heritage.

Secretary of national history and literary heritage S. M. Haqani and other officials were present on the occasion.

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Addressing the signing ceremony, Siddiqui said that since the first chandelier was manufactured by Chinese experts, the government requested China for technical assistance to manufacture a new chandelier as well.

However demonstrating very deep and lasting love for Pakistan, the Chinese government said since they had gifted the first chandelier to the Pakistani nation, they should be provided an opportunity to manufacture a similar new chandelier, he said.

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He said that work on the project started after a general understanding between the two countries while a ceremony to formally sign an agreement in this regard was held.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said that this chandelier was an icon between China-Pakistan friendship, adding that this chandelier was presented by Chinese government in 1971 and gifted by the Chinese Muslim Association.

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