Pakistani President Musharraf voices firm support for Beijing Olympics
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    BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday voiced firm support for the Beijing Olympics, saying his country has taken all measures to ensure the success of the upcoming torch relay in its capital Islamabad.

    "We have taken all measures to ensure its (torch relay's) security... ensure the torch relay could be held in a prestigious and secure manner," Musharraf said in a speech at the elite Qinghua University.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday voiced firm support for the Beijing Olympics, saying his country has taken all measures to ensure the success of the upcoming torch relay in its capital Islamabad.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf makes a speech at the Qinghua University in Beijing, on April 14, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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    "There is not one man in Pakistan who would do anything against the interests of China," he said.

    The Olympic torch relay ceremony is to be held in Islamabad on April 16. Musharraf said he would take part in the ceremony in an interview with Xinhua prior to his China visit.

    But he warned against attempts to disrupt the relay. "We have to take care that there is no infiltration by some elements who are bent on disrupting our understanding and great relationship," Musharraf told some 200 students.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday voiced firm support for the Beijing Olympics, saying his country has taken all measures to ensure the success of the upcoming torch relay in its capital Islamabad.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf makes a speech at the Qinghua University in Beijing, on April 14, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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    "Any attempt by anyone to disrupt the process of the relay and create ill will is condemned by Pakistan," he said.

    He expressed warm congratulations and best wishes to the Beijing Olympics, saying Pakistan firmly opposes any attempt to politicize the Games and any actions to disrupt the event, Musharraf said.

    "We think that politics must be kept out of sports. Sports generates brotherhood. Sports generates closeness. If we bring politics into it, then the whole idea of sports is killed," Musharraf said.

    Hailing the development of Pakistan-China relationship in the past five decades, Musharraf said Pakistan considered the ties with China, an all-weather friend, as the backbone of its foreign policy.

    He called the friendship the "living example of harmony", saying it goes beyond the leadership and deep into the hearts of the two peoples.

    Turning to economics and trade, Musharraf pledged more cooperation with China, taking advantage of Pakistan's position of "energy corridor" between China and the Middle East.

    "Pakistan is very much in favor of a pipeline between the Gulf and China through Pakistan, and I have been speaking about this with your leadership," Musharraf told the audience.

    He called for efforts to step up Pakistan-China bilateral trade volume to 15 billion U.S. dollars by 2011, and more joint cooperation in the World Trade Organization for a just, equilibrium order of world economy.

    Pakistan and China would also expand educational cooperation, said the president, noting that the two sides will jointly set up an engineering and technology college in Islamabad.

    Musharraf started his six-day state visit to China on April 10 in Sanya city of southern China's Hainan Province, where he attended the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) and held talks with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.

    After he arrived in the Chinese capital on Sunday, he met with Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao and top political advisor Jia Qinglin, respectively.

    He will visit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region before ending the tour on Tuesday.

Interview: Pakistani president to attend Olympic torch relay ceremony

    ISLAMABAD, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday that he would attend the Olympic torch relay ceremony to be held in Islamabad on April 16.

    In an interview with Xinhua, Musharraf said he would take part in "the Olympic torch relay ceremony on April 16" when he returns back from a state visit to China from April 10 to 15. Full story


World politicians express support for Beijing Olympics

    BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- A number of world politicians have recently expressed their support for the Beijing Olympic Games.

    South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-soo said Monday that he hopes the upcoming torch relay in Seoul would be an opportunity to promote the spirit of the Olympic Games. Full story

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