Islamabad, 12 April 2022 (TDI): Lieutenant General Khussainov Marat Rakhimovich, First Deputy Defence Minister and the Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, met the Chief of the Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, the Chief of the Air Staff of PAF, hosted the meeting at his office. During the meeting, both the officials discussed matters pertaining to professional and mutual interests.

Lieutenant General Khussainov Marat Rakhimovich lauded the professionalism of PAF. Moreover, he also acknowledged the rising indigenous capability in the aviation industry of Pakistan.

Whilst the Pakistani Air Chief his part said that Pakistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan enjoy longstanding cultural, religious, and historical ties exemplified via strong ties between both air forces.

Along these lines, Air Chief Marshal Sidhu reiterated his resolve to further improve the existing bilateral partnership between the two fraternal nations.

Pakistan-Kazakhstan Ties

Pakistan was one of the first few countries to recognize Kazakhstan after its independence in December 1991. Subsequently, diplomatic ties between the two countries were established in 1992.

The two countries enjoy amicable relations that stem from a shared approach towards global issues as well as mutual understanding and benevolence for each other.

Aside from that, the two partners collaborate in a myriad of domains including trade, economy, and defense as well as international fora.

Pakistan serves as a natural connection between the Eurasian heartland with the Arabian Sea and South Asia. The first Prime Ministerial visit from Pakistan took place in 1995. The President of Pakistan also visited Kazakhstan in 2011.