Islamabad, 25 January 2024 (TDI): Tajik envoy in Pakistan, Ismatullo Nasredin paid a farewell call on Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-Ul-Haq Kakar in Islamabad. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the role played by the Ambassador for the promotion of Pak-Tajik relations.
He hoped that the upcoming Ambassadors would also play a pivotal role in strengthening the relationship of both countries. The Ambassador termed the brotherly relations between both nations as long-lasting and historic.
Tajik envoy in Pakistan, Ismatullo Nasredin praised the hospitality of Pakistan and termed his stay in the country as memorable.
Pakistan-Tajikistan bilateral relations
Pakistan was one of the first to recognize Tajikistan’s independence and, at the same time, opened its embassy in Dushanbe. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, diplomatic relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan were established in June 1992.
Both countries have their ambassadors. For the first time in 1993, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan opened its official Embassy in the Republic of Tajikistan, and its activities began in early 1994. Lately, in 1993 and 1997, the Consulate of the Republic of Tajikistan opened in Karachi and Islamabad.
On February 23, 2005, the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan began to operate. Both friendly countries signed more than 50 regulatory and legal documents.
With the establishment of diplomatic relations, more than 50 private Pakistani companies and entrepreneurs are operating in Tajikistan.
In November 2015, a meeting was held at Governor House Islamabad, between the Tajik President and Pakistani Prime Minister. They affirmed plans to connect Pakistan and Tajikistan through road networks, such as from Chitral-Ishkshim-Dushanbe.
Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation
The two countries have an Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. This commission is one of the main mechanisms for the development of bilateral economic cooperation. In July 2019, a regular meeting of the Tajik-Pakistani intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, and technical cooperation was held in Dushanbe.
In June 2021, the President of Tajikistan visited Pakistan at the request of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and both countries signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) for cooperation in various sectors, including the sale of Pakistan-manufactured arms to Tajikistan.
In this regard, the two leaders further agreed to work towards signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement. The leaders accorded particular focus on further strengthening reliable and constructive high-level contacts, inter-parliamentary ties, and defense and security relations between the two countries.
The two leaders underscored the importance of the expansion of mutually beneficial economic and trade cooperation. They also committed to the improvement of investment and trade environment between the two countries.
On September 17, 2021 Prime Minister of Pakistan announced that Pakistan will upgrade the bilateral relations to the level of a long-term strategic partnership.