ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s all weather friend China’s President Xi Jinping was given a rousing and historic welcome as he reached here on Monday (today) on a two-day historic visit.
Eight JF 17 aircraft escorted the plane of the Chinese President as he entered the Pakistan airspace. JF 17 Thunder Aircraft of Pakistan Air Force presented fly past in honor of the Chinese President.
Clad in traditional dresses, two children presented bouquet to President Xi Jinping. Besides, the children waved flags of both the countries to welcome the foreign guest.
Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain and three services chiefs received the guest.
Red carpet was rolled out and 21 gun salute given to the dignitary as he landed at Nur Khan Airbase along with his high level delegation.
The Chinese President was introduced to Pakistani cabinet members the PM Nawaz and the Chinese President shake hand to all the ministers and the cabinet members.
The Chinese President was given guard of honor as well.
On the occasion the roads and buildings of the federal capital have been illuminated with colorful lights and huge billboards depicting Pakistan’s culture as well as bilateral cooperation.
Streamers inscribed with slogans on China Pakistan friendship and carrying the portraits of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon and the Chinese President.
Likewise whole of Islamabad the airport building has also been adorned with the national flags of both the countries.
After his reception the Chinese President will go to his hotel first.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet the PM Nawaz Sharif who will also host a dinner reception in former’s honour. President Mamnoon Hussain will host a luncheon reception for the dignitary besides holding a meeting.
The Chinese President will hold official talks with the Premier.
Both the countries would conclude a number of important agreements and memorandum of understandings (MoUs) worth billions of dollars relating to key development projects in the infrastructure, energy and communication sectors under the ambit of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Other important agreements related to other areas will also be signed on this occasion.
The visit of Chinese President will also herald the launching of multibillion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.
The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the three Services Chiefs will also call on the President of China during his visit to Islamabad.
Xi Jinping will meet the leaders of mainstream political parties besides Speaker National Assembly and Chairman Senate. He will also address a joint sitting of the Parliament.
President Xi Jinping will be conferred the country’s highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Pakistan at a special investiture ceremony to be held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.