Islamabad, 23 October 2021 (TDI): Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, Yerzhan Kistafin was invited to the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. He delivered a lecture dedicated to the bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
During the lecture, the Ambassador briefed the audience about the history of the developing cooperation. He shared his vision on further prospects for the strengthening partnership between Kazakhstan and Pakistan. He outlined priority areas and issues that need to be addressed soon. The Ambassador also expressed the opinion on the importance of developing relations between Islamabad and Nur-Sultan in terms of bilateral cooperation as well as regional interaction.
Pakistan was among the first few countries which recognized Kazakhstan when it attained independence in December 1991. Subsequently, diplomatic ties between the two countries were established in 1992.
Pakistan offers critical land routes and connectivity for mutually beneficial trade and regional energy cooperation. Kazakhstan is an integral part of the Central Asia Region connected with ancient links with South Asia. Pakistan is interested to strengthen bilateral relations with Kazakhstan through the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This project will ensure regional development and prosperity.
Paradigm Shift in Central Asia:
There is a paradigm shift in Central Asia to further enhance regional connectivity. It will be done through greater regional cooperation and socio-economic integration. Islamabad and Nur-Sultan need to “institutionalize” all possible measures to further strengthen their bilateral relations. They should take full advantage of their better political understanding to enhance cooperation.