Islamabad: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Sun Weidong said that we are working closely with Pakistan in many fields with consensus and china has a desire to promote these relations to new heights. Chinese Envoy expressed these views after signing ceremony to implement the project of manufacturing and maintenance of Chandelier at Mazar-i-Quaid with the support of china. Pakistan and china are all weather strategic partners and we have set a unique example for the state to state relation in this world, Sun Weidong added.
Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui and Ambassador of China to Pakistan Sun Weidong signed the 13-page agreement at ministry of National History and Literary Heritage here in Islamabad on Tuesday. Secretary National History and Literary Heritage S.M Haqani and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.
On the occasion Chinese Envoy Mr. Sun Weidong that this Chandelier is an icon between China Pakistan Friendship, adding that this chandelier was presented by Chinese government in 1971 and it was gifted by the Chinese Muslim Association. He said that this year 65th anniversary for the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan and throughout more then six decades China and Pakistan always trusted each other, understand each other and support each other.
Addressing the signing ceremony, Adviser on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui He thanked China government and people of China for the love and long lasting friendship between the two countries. Urfan Siddiqui said that since the first chandelier was manufactured by Chinese experts, the government requested China for technical assistance to manufacture a new chandelier as well. But demonstrating very deep and lasting love to Pakistan, the Chinese government said since they had gifted the first chandelier to the Pakistani nation they should be provided an opportunity to manufacture a similar new chandelier, he said.
He said whole nation appreciated the friendship and love of Chinese people for Pakistan, adding, “we are grateful to China for gift of the beautiful chandelier.” He said that Mazar-e-Quaid is the symbol of unity and national cohesion, adding the decoration and care of Mazar-e-Quaid is the government’s top priority.
Sharing the details of the chandelier Chinese Envoy told length will be 23 meters, no of Tiers 4, Diameter of the First Tier 3 meters, Diameter of second Tier 2.3 meters, Diameter of the third Tier 2.3 meters and Diameter of the fourth Tier 1.7 meters. While length of first Tier will be 16, lights second Tier 10, Lights of third Tier 8, Lights of Fourth Tier 6, lights on crystal falls 8 and weight of Chandelier will be 2.3 tons. The total cost of the project is Rs. 220 millions.
The project of manufacturing chandelier has been assigned to the Chinese ministry of Trade, which has handed over the task of drawing the design of the chandelier and supervising other matters in this regard to the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design.
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