Islamabad, 8 February 2022 (TDI): Colonel Kylychbek Akimovich Aidaraliev, who is the Commander Kyrgyz Air Force called on Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force. During the meeting, both the dignitaries discussed matters of professional and mutual interest.

Colonel Kylychbek Akimovich Aidaraliev commended the professionalism of PAF and acknowledged its rising indigenous capacity in the aviation industry. The Air Chief said that Pakistan and the Kyrgyz Republic enjoy longstanding religious, cultural, and historical bonds. According to the Air Chief, the good health of their relations is visible through strong ties between both air forces.

The Air Chief reiterated his resolve to further enhance the existing bilateral cooperation between the two brotherly countries.

PAKISTAN-KYRGYZSTAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS 

Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan established diplomatic relations on May 10, 1992. The current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan is Totuiaev Ulanbek. Ulanbek arrived in Pakistan on 2 July 2021.

According to the Kyrgyz Embassy in Pakistan, there have been several official visits from both sides, counting this one. The first one was the visit of the Kyrgyz President to Pakistan in 1994. Moreover, Pakistani President Farooq Leghari visited Kyrgyzstan in 1996, and in 2005 President Pervez Musharraf did the same.

LEGAL DOCUMENTS BETWEEN BOTH COUNTRIES 

Furthermore, both countries have 17 active international treatments, 5 that are not active, 13 interagency contracts; and also 3 regarding fulfilling the commitments. Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan first signed the Joint Declaration on the principles and main directions of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan in 1991.

Pakistan-Kyrgzstan flags
Pakistan-Kyrgzstan flags

To establish relations both countries signed the Protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan in 1992. Among the documents, we can find that both countries covered important aspects of cooperation, like tourism, narcotics, security, trade, economy, transport, energy, visa-free regimes, aeronautical authorities; and also for the military.

CULTURAL AND HUMANITARIAN COOPERATION 

The Kyrgyz Embassy also included a part of this type of cooperation. According to the Embassy,  around 2000 Pakistani students are enrolled in different Higher Educational Institutions.

Pakistan sent a delegation of the Higher Educational Commission, and the Ministry of education to Bishkek. During that visit, the representatives also participated in other meetings held at the ministries and agencies.

Kyrgyz-Pakistani International Institute of medical sciences.
Kyrgyz-Pakistani International Institute of medical sciences.

The University of Kyrgyzstan organized a visit to Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar in 2017. The signature of 5 Memorandums of understanding between IUK and Pakistani Universities was the result of that visit.

The International University of Kyrgyzstan opened during the same year of the visit; the Kyrgyz-Pakistani International Institute of medical sciences. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of relations between both, they arranged a painting and photo exhibition with a demonstration of Kyrgyz films.