Islamabad, 29 September 2023 (TDI): The acclaimed Kazakh historian and Director of the Scientific Institute for the Study of the Ulus of Jochi of Kazakhstan, Zhaksylyk Sabitov, arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit on September 27.

The Kazakh historian, Zhaksylyk Sabitov arrived in Pakistan at the invitation of Yerzhan Kistafin, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan.

The Honorary Consul General of Kazakhstan for the Province of Punjab, Rao Khalid Mustafa Khan supported in organizing the visit.

During his two-day visit, the historian Sabitov visited Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Punjab University, and Beaconhouse National University in Lahore.

During his visit to universities, the historian Sabitov conducted seminars for students and history department teachers aimed at focusing on aspects of the history of Kazakhstan related to South Asia, including ongoing research using DNA tests.

He also proposed to organize joint research to explore the common historical roots and interactions among the people inhabiting two regions.

Besides that, he held guest appearances on various morning shows on the leading Pakistan TV channels, including PTV and Discovery Pakistan, where he spoke on the ongoing academic research on Kazakhstan’s history and prospects for cooperation with the expert community of Pakistan.

During the appearances on the TV shows, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan stressed developing efforts to strengthen cooperation between Kazakhstan and Pakistan, particularly in the field of education such as developing links between universities and expert academic circles.

In this regard, Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin emphasized that the visit by the Kazakh historian Sabitov marks the beginning of collaboration among the historians of both countries.

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A visit to the Taxila Museum was also organized to explore an architectural UNESCO heritage site dating from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD, which served as the capital of Gandhara people from the Ancient Indian Sub-continent.

Furthermore, the cultural attractions in Lahore, such as the museum, Badshahi Mosque, Fort Lahore, Jahangir’s tomb, and Shalimar Gardens were also explored.

The trip concluded with an agreement to establish cooperation and conduct joint research among academic historians to explore the interactions between Central and South Asia, with a focus on the people inhabiting Kazakhstan and Pakistan.