BEIJING, Apr 15 (Xinhua): China's top political advisor Wang Yang on Monday met with Deputy Chairman of the Pakistani Senate Saleem Mandviwala, calling for strengthened cooperation and a closer China-Pakistan community of shared future.
Hailing the time-tested friendship between the two countries, Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, said that bilateral ties has maintained sound development momentum and constant progress in friendly cooperation.
"China stands ready to work with the Pakistani side to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, maintain high-level exchanges, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, advance the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and promote cooperation in economy, trade and investment, so as to build a closer China-Pakistan community of shared future," Wang said.
Mandviwala said that Pakistan pays high attention to participation in the Belt and Road construction and would like to work with China to advance building of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and continue to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and advance bilateral ties.
Meanwhile, police in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi have arrested five militants affiliated with proscribed organization Islamic State (IS) during a search operation, local reports said on Monday.
The raid was conducted on an intelligence tip-off regarding the presence of the alleged militants in their hideout in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of the city, ARY News quoted local police as reporting.
Arms and ammunitions were also recovered from the five militants who were accused of radicalization and indoctrination of Pakistani youth by using social media platform.
The arrested suspects were shifted to some unknown location for investigations.
The raid came two days after IS claimed a deadly suicide attack in the country's southwestern Balochistan province. Targeting a minority Shiite ethnic group, the explosion left over 20 people killed and scores of others injured.