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China says strategic partnership will not be affected by Sharif’s disqualification

BEIJING: China has said that its strategic cooperative partnership will not be affected by the change of the situation inside Pakistan.

This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Friday while commenting on the latest political situation in Pakistan after disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court.

The spokesperson declared it as “internal affair of Pakistan” and said that China has noted relevant reports.

“China hopes that all parties and sections in Pakistan prioritise state and national interests, properly deal with their domestic affairs, maintain unity and stability, and keep focusing on the economic and social development,” he said.

He said that Pakistan is a friendly neighbour and the all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan has withstood the test of times.

“China stands ready to work with Pakistan to continue jointly building the Belt and Road and build a community of shared future, which serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples and promotes peace and development of the region and beyond,” he stated.

The United States has also termed disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as internal matter of Pakistan.

A State Department spokesperson talking to reporters in Washington said the US looks forward to a smooth transition as the Pakistani parliament selects the next prime minister.



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