COAS lauds Beijing’s support in tackling COVID-19

Defence Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday lauded Beijing’s assistance to Pakistan for tackling the coronavirus, during a meeting with a delegation of the Chinese Army, the military’s media wing said. The Inter-Services Public Relations, in a statement, said: “A ten-member People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Medical Team led by Chief of ICU Department, PLA General Hospital, Maj Gen Doctor Zhou Feihu, called on Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.”During the interaction, matters related to COVID-19 containment, and Pakistan’s “comprehensive” response against the pandemic were discussed. “[Gen Bajwa] expressed gratitude for China’s support related to immediate medical supplies and assistance, especially the visit by Chinese medical experts to help Pakistan fight the pandemic,” the statement read. The army chief, during the meeting, said that while the world is still racing to find a cure against COVID-19, “multinational support and global cooperation is vital to boost national efforts to manage the disease and also its economic impact”.According to the statement, the visiting dignitaries “reassured China’s continued support for Pakistan at all forums”. Senate unanimously passes resolution thanking China On May 14, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution thanking neighbouring China for its support during the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution, moved by leader of the Opposition Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, read: “China’s support has helped Pakistan to combat COVID-19 by protecting our people, saving our lives, as well as providing our health workers with testing kits, protective gears, and ventilators at a time when these were badly needed, plus sending medical teams.” The resolution praised the government and people of China, led by President Xi Jinping, who took “decisive and timely measures” to combat the virus in the country.