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.

Analysts on Telephone:

Dr. Amna Mehmood (IR Expert):

It is an opportunity for both Pakistan and Tajikistan to strengthen their bilateral and trade relations. The visit of Prime Minister to Tajikistan is good news as PM has signed a number of agreements and MoUs with Tajikistan. Both these countries can support each other in human resource, education and agriculture sectors. Afghanistan will also attend the summit that is going to be held in Tajikistan. Afghanistan must have to realize that good relations with Pakistan are in its own interest as Kabul is totally dependent on Pakistan for its trade. CPEC will also benefit the Central Asian region and Afghanistan as well as all these countries are land-locked and Pakistan could provide its ports for trade of these countries.

Dr. Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert):

Dr. Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert):

Pakistan has always expressed its desire to improve its relations with Central Asian countries. Tajikistan is already enjoying good relations with Pakistan and Tajikistan could play a vital role to normalize the prevailing tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan as Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah is Tajik nationalist. Every country has its own national interests so Tajikistan will be keen to strengthen its bilateral relations with Pakistan in order to use its ports for trade purposes. Many countries have come closer to each other because of CPEC project. Pakistan wants to have good relations with other countries including India but India should have to adopt a flexible attitude to resolve Kashmir dispute. CAS 100o with the support of Tajikistan is expected to be completed in 2018 that will support the government to overcome energy shortage.

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.

Abdullah Gul (Defense Analyst):

Pakistan has successfully launched a test of short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile 'Nasr' with enhanced range from 60 km to 70 km. This test launch has conveyed a clear message to the enemies that Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional peace and stability. COAS appreciated the scientists and engineers on achieving this significant milestone towards Pakistan’s credible deterrence capability. This missile has put cold water on cold start. COAS rightly said that our strat cap is a guarantee of peace against belligerent neighbor & only meant to ensure, no one thinks war remains an option. This missile could be launched from anywhere. Pakistan is having the latest defense technology that is safe and secure and only for its defense purposes.

Host: Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman

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