Chinese President Xi arrives in Islamabad on historic visit
Islamabad, April 20: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on historic visit on Monday, media reported.
This is the first visit by a Chinese president to Pakistan after nine years, Dawn online reported.
Xi was received by President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif and members of the prime minister's cabinet at the Noor Khan airbase.
His wife has accompanied him on his visit to Pakistan. A 21-gun salute and guard of honour was presented to welcome the Chinese president.
In the wake of his visit, security has been tightened in capital Islamabad while security personnel have been deployed on all the important city to avoid any untoward incident.
According to media reports, Xi said that Pakistan trip like visiting home of 'own brother.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he would be donating billions of dollars in infrastructure and energy assistance to Pakistan, stating that the country is a "friendly neighborhood, which is troubled by terrorism."
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad for his first state visit to Pakistan, an "iron friend" to Beijing. pic.twitter.com/znPiEEJhQd— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) April 20, 2015
President Xi Jinping will be conferred the country's highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Pakistan at a special investiture ceremony to be held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, media reported.