Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to explore new avenues of cooperation- The two countries to increase cooperation in economic, defense, security and counter terrorism fields
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held wide ranging talks with in the Tajik capital Dushanbe with President Emomali Rahmon
Two leaders inked the Joint Declaration aimed at enhancing regional connectivity between the two countries and the region at large. They emphasized close collaboration between Pakistan and Tajikistan both at the government and people level, besides giving a further boost to their bilateral relations. The two leaders also witnessed inking of Memorandum of Understanding on trade cooperation. Minister for Commerce Ghulam Dastgir Khan signed the MoU on trade cooperation along with Tajik Minister of Economy NaimatUllah Hikmatullah Zada. The Prime Minister in his statement to the press at the conclusion of his one-on-one and delegation-level talks with President Emomali, said two sides discussed the importance of road, rail and air connectivity vital for regional integration, promotion of bilateral trade, tourism, people to people contacts. Nawaz Sharif said his visit had provided an opportunity to translate their close political ties into strategic cooperation in all spheres particularly economy, trade, investment energy and defense. The two sides also agreed to continue cooperation in international forums including the United Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Economic Cooperation Organization. Vowing joint steps against terrorism, the two sides agreed on holding first meeting of Pakistan Tajikistan Joint Working Group on countering international terrorism. The two leaders expressed satisfaction on the progress achieved so far in the economic sphere particularly with regard to CASA-1000 Project and hoped it would soon move into the construction phase. He said the Joint Working Group on trade investment and transport would also be meeting later this month to explore untapped opportunities in these areas. He also President Emomali Rahmon in his statement to the press congratulated Pakistan on accession to the SCO. He noted the strong ties between the two countries and said it coincides with 25 Anniversary of their ties that have grown stronger over the years.
Host: Ali Naseer
Co-host: Ahsan Basheer
Analyst on Telephone:
Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar (Former Ambassador):
Pakistan and Tajikistan are the members of three regional organizations. The Central Asian countries have emerged as an important entity so Pakistan should focus on to strengthen its bilateral and trade relations with the Central Asian region. Tajikistan is also supporting Pakistan in completion of CASA 1000 project. These countries are full of natural resources. Prime Minister during his visit to Tajikistan will focus on strengthen the trade relations with Tajikistan. The incumbent government is following the right policy to make new alliances with other countries.
Pakistan successfully test-fires short-range Nasr missile
Pakistan has successfully conducted a series of training launches and tests during the current week for validation of new technical parameters of 'NASR' with enhanced range from 60 kilometres to 70 kilometers. NASR is a high precision weapon system with the ability of quick deployments. Speaking on the occasion, General Bajwa said war must be avoided at all costs and our strategic capability is a guarantee of peace against a highly militarised and increasingly belligerent neighbour. He said Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional peace and stability. President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and services chiefs have congratulated the scientists and the nation over successful launch of 'NASR' missile.
Analyst on Telephone:
Brig (Retd) Said Nazir (Defense Analyst):
There is no doubt about the fact that India with the supported of United States is making efforts to destabilize the balance of power in the region. Indian forces are involved in aggression at LoC and also have border conflicts with China as well. Pakistan has successfully launched a series of training launches and tests of ballistic missile with enhanced range which is a great achievement. Pakistan has always supported peace in the world and never any sort of war.
Participant: Junaid Arshad Khan (Senior Programme Coordinator from IOM )