Islamabad, 5 September 2022 (TDI): Yerzhan Kistafin, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Pakistan, announced Monday that Kazakhstan has chosen to resume direct flights from Kazakhstan to Pakistan in November 2022.

The flights would be flown from Kazakhstan’s cities of Nur-Sultan and Almaty to Pakistan’s major cities, bringing the people of both nations closer together and creating a greater understanding of each other’s cultures.

This flight initiative will improve connections and delegation exchanges, bringing the two brotherly countries closer together.

He made these statements while addressing the media on Pakistan-Kazakhstan ties and important changes implemented by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his State of the Nation address. 

The Ambassador also stated that President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev intends to come to Pakistan in the first part of next year.

Both nations are hosting inter-governmental joint mission meetings to strengthen bilateral economic and regional cooperation. Moreover, both countries will also participate in media exchanges.

He stated that Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country and Central Asia’s largest economy. Thus, the potential for collaboration and growth between the two countries is great. Pakistan and Kazakhstan share ancient cultural and religious values.

While briefing the media on Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s address to the Nation on key reforms, he stated that his address to the Nation on 1st September 2022 highlighted Kazakhstan’s socioeconomic development while also including several vital initiatives regarding the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.


Key announcements made in the address

The President, in his address, announced that the Snap Presidential elections would be held this Autumn.

Secondly, the President’s term will be limited to seven years, and re-election will be prohibited.

Thirdly, the Parliamentary and local elections can be held in 2023.

And lastly, he announced an amnesty for the participants of the tragic January events. However, amnesty will not be applied to terrorists and those who tortured people.

Announcements regarding socio-economic development

Furthermore, for the development of the socioeconomic sector, the President, in his address, announced the priorities of the new economic course, which include:

  1. Stimulating private entrepreneurial initiative, moving away from state capitalism

  2. Development of competition

  3. Provision of equal opportunities and fair national income distribution.

Moreover, he announced an increase in the minimum wage to raise the incomes of 1.8 million citizens, new medical centers in 650 villages within two years, a national fund for children used to purchase housing and receive education when they turn 18, people’s IPO to help Kazakh citizens buy shares of state-owned companies and lastly transit capacity to make Kazakhstan a global transportation hub.