ISLAMABAD : Local live-transmission of China Radio International (CRI) Urdu service channel (FM-98) began here today.

It will be six-hour local transmission daily, that aimed at further strengthening bonds of friendship at people-to-people level. A delegation of CRI led by its Vice President Hu Bangsheng especially travelled from Beijing to attend the launching ceremony.

It was a joint venture of CRI and Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) for which the two-sides signed an agreement on the occasion.

Deputy Head of Mission of Chinese embassy Zhao Lijian who was the chief guest at the ceremony expressed the hope the media collaboration between the two countries will be a source of strength for successfully carrying out China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC). 

He lauded the role of CRI and PBC for enhancing knowledge and understanding about the growing relationship of the two countries. The two sides will also soon start documentary service, dubbing and showing Chinese dramas in Urdu, he added. 

Hu Bangsheng in his remarks hoped that launching of local Urdu service will be a milestone in further cementing their bilateral relations in the media and culture sector. CRI that started its Urdu service in Pakistan in 1966 played very effective role in giving boost to peoples’ level interaction.

Director General PBC Khurshid Ahmed Malik in his address said the two sides are working as a close partner for exchange of information and expertise to serve the people through broadcasting network.  He noted that the relations of the two countries are touching new peaks in shape of CPEC and media-to-media collaboration is getting momentum as well.      

It may be mentioned here that Dosti channel’s studio in Islamabad was inaugurated jointly by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on April 20, 2015.

A music and dance show was also arranged on the occasion to celebrate the launching of local Urdu service.