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The Pak Banker - - Editorial - Dr Maleeha Lodhi

De­cem­ber 2010 The con­trast could not have been more telling. China's Prime Min­is­ter Wen Ji­abao praised Pak­istan's ef­forts to fight ter­ror­ism against the back­drop of un­remit­ting Western and In­dian crit­i­cism that Pak­istan had not done enough to ad­dress the threat.

In a speech to the joint ses­sion of Par­lia­ment at the con­clu­sion of his visit ear­lier this month to Is­lam­abad, the Chi­nese Premier de­clared: "Pak­istan has given great sac­ri­fices and made great ef­forts in the fight against ter­ror­ism". And he point­edly urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to re­spect and "sup­port Pak­istan's ef­forts".

The po­lit­i­cal una­nim­ity demon­strated in Par­lia­ment and the un­prece­dented re­cep­tion ac­corded to Wen Ji­abao re­flected the firm na­tional con­sen­sus that un­der­girds Sino-Pak­istan re­la­tions. The strate­gic qual­ity of the re­la­tion­ship de­rives from the sup­port it en­joys from the peo­ple of the two coun­tries.

The sig­nif­i­cance of Prime Min­is­ter Wen's re­marks to Par­lia­ment should be seen in the back­ground of es­ca­lat­ing US de­mands on Pak­istan to help Nato's fal­ter­ing war ?ef­fort in

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