ISLAMABAD  - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that Pakistan’s expanded cooperation with China in the field of counter terrorism, security, intelligence sharing, and trade would arguably be a defining partnership in 21st century for his country.

The interior minister expressed these views here on Thursday during a high-powered meeting with visiting Chinese Minister for State Security Geng Huichang.

The delegation headed by Geng Huichang also comprised officials from China’s counter terrorism, technical and intelligence divisions.

The meeting covered a broader scope of discussion for increased coordination between security establishments of the two countries in intelligence sharing, counter terrorism coordination, and security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The interior minister maintained that “secure and successful completion of CPEC would add new dimensions to our friendship cementing our economic as well as strategic bond.”

He maintained that CEPC would also help Pakistan and China expand their trade footprint in the region and beyond.

“CPEC is not only the flagship project between the two countries but also focuses on strategic depth in Pak-China relationship,” Chaudhry Nisar was quoted as saying by the spokesperson for the ministry.

The interior minister said that both sides must be cautious about regional and global powers that do not want to see CPEC as successful project for their own interests. He reiterated that Pakistan, at all levels, was committed to thwart all conspiracies against CPEC.  

The interior minister said that both the sides should exponentially enhance intelligence sharing precisely in fight against terrorism, extremism and countering violence. He remarked that Pakistan would continue its fight against all the terrorist groups who create disturbance and generate violence in Pakistan. Pakistan is committed for not allowing any group to use its territory for violence abroad, he added.

Commenting over the ongoing fight against terrorists groups, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Operation Zarb-i-Azb dividends had started reaping its benefits.

Regarding the security of the Chinese citizens working across Pakistan in different development projects, including CPEC, Nisar pointed out that a Special Security Division is already working under Pakistan Army to secure the lives of Chinese workers. 

The Minister for Ministry of State Security, China, Mr. Geng Huichang meanwhile, appreciated the efforts of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism specially the gains achieved under operation Zarb-i-Azb.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen information and intelligence sharing through extended technical cooperation and coordination.