China doesn't reveal if it offered loans to Pakistan


Pakistan's state broadcasters issued a formal apology on their official Twitter page following Sunday's incorrect dateline slug "Begging", during Prime Minister Imran Khan's live address in Beijing.

A day after Khan's four-day China visit ended, Pakistan's Finance Minister Asad Umar said that Beijing has offered $6 billion loans Islamabad to resolve country's economic crisis.

In his comments on Tuesday, Umar said "we had told you about the Dollars 12 billion financing gap, of which USD 6 billion have come from Saudi Arabia, and the rest has come from China".

"Pakistan is China's all-weather partners. We enjoy very good relationship that has been operating at a very high level", she said.

"In the light of Pakistan's need in future as per the mutual agreement, we will continue to help economically and in other sectors", Hua added.

Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist, who is serving her 86-year sentence at a federal prison in the United States (US), has conveyed a special message to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking the support of the premier against her "illegal imprisonment".

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Some of his ministers too sounded critical of it.

Pakistan last month announced a $6 billion assistance package from Saudi Arabia, split into $3 billion in foreign currency support and a further loan worth $3 billion in deferred payments for oil. Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Emphasizing that all stakeholders must engage in dialogue process, Prime Minster Imran Khan on Wednesday called for opening channels of humanitarian assistance for the people suffering from starvation in Yemen.

A government statement following Wells' visit said US-Pakistan bilateral agenda including the upcoming Geneva Conference and the Afghan peace process were discussed.

Besides agreeing to strengthen the all-weather strategic partnership, both the countries have also agreed to expand the CPEC projects and establish strategic dialogue mechanism between their foreign ministers, she said.