China has sent relief items for people affected by the recent flooding across Pakistan and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Pakistan military’s operation against the Taliban in North Waziristan. The relief items, weighing 14600 metric ton, were received at Pak-China border town of Sost on Friday.
Items received in 44 containers under the relief assistance from China mainly consisted of foods items, including flour, sugar, cooking oil and rice. Chinese authorities handed-over the relief items to Pakistani authorities that included officials from the Khyber Pakhtoonkha Disaster Management Authority and Gilgit-Baltistan’s government.
This is the first lot of relief items received from China; another lot would soon arrive in Sost, authorities said. The relief goods, stored at the warehouse of Silk Route Dry Port Sost, would soon be transported forward to the intended provinces of Pakistan, officials said.
It is pertinent to note that a strong bond exists between Pakistan and its northern neighbor since the 1960s and latter has always extended a helping hand to the former in times of crisis and disasters. Beijing demonstrated its love for Pakistan, particularly for its immediate neighbors of Upper Hunza (Gojal Valley), when it send relief items for people affected by the Attabad landslide disaster that had left 457 households displaced.
China has been heavily investing in Pakistan, such construction of the Gwadar Port, improvement of the Karakoram Highway (KKH), and construction of power plants in Pakistan. The new initiative of China-Pakistan economic corridor is being seen as yet another milestone in relations between the two countries.
However, some analysts are of the view that relations between the two countries are not as good as they may seem, especially after news of alleged presence of Uighur separatists in North Waziristan. It should be noted that Beijing alleges Uighur separatists of launching dozens of terrorist attacks inside China.