On Saturday, the Foreign Office of Pakistan in a statement validated the news that Chinese president Xi Jinping who had a program to visit Pakistan in this month, has delayed the tour due to the prevailing security situation.
“In view of the current political situation in Pakistan, the Government of China and Pakistan have mutually agreed to postponement of the state visit of HE Xi Jinping, President of China, to Pakistan, which was scheduled to take place later this month,” the statement read.
Hours before this, on Friday, adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, had said as much in a prepared statement to the National Assembly foreign affairs committee. The statement of the Foreign Office today validate the delay.
The Chinese foreign office had earlier denied reports that visit was to take place at all.
“It is worth pointing out that we have never released any information about President Xi’s visit to Pakistan officially. So, there is no basis to say we are about to cancel anything,” a spokesperson had said.
The leaders of protests and government minister putting the blame on each other for the delay.