KARACHI  - President Asif Ali Zardari has conferred Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam Award on the Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian in recognition of his services for strengthening Pak-China relations.

The award was given at a special ceremony in Karachi on Friday. Staff Reporter adds: Sindh Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi has said that Pakistan and China are all-weather friends and the friendly relations between both the countries are solidified through testing times.

He expressed these views during a meeting with Liu Jian, Ambassador of China to Pakistan and his team at the CM House here on Friday. The Consul General of China in Karachi, Pan Qing Jiang and Naveed Kamran Baloch, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, were also present on the occasion.  Alvi said that both the countries had long-standing friendly relations and China had always assisted Pakistan in various sectors. The Gawadar Port is one of the vibrant example of this friendship.  Commenting about the General Elections, he told the envoy that caretaker setup has pledged for organising fair, free and transparent elections and for this every possible step is being taken.

“We are extending all sorts of support to the election commission of Pakistan in this connection,” he added.

Later, the Chinese delegation was presented with the shields.