Call to explore areas of cooperation between Pak, Kazakhstan

Zubair Qureshi

Speakers at a seminar here on Thursday emphasized the need to explore areas of further and broader cooperation between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. They struck this positive note at a Roundtable organized by Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies. The event marked the 25th anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan and establishment of diplomatic relations with Pakistan.
Waheedul Hassan, Special Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the Chief Guest on this occasion. The speakers at length discussed the past, present and prospective diplomatic relations between two countries since the independence of Kazakhstan in December 1991. A large number of people from Academic circles, Business community, Students, Journalists and government officials attended the event.
Waheedul Hassan highlighted the potential areas where bilateral cooperation could be enhanced in the fields of education, science, culture, art, tourism pharmaceutical, cotton, surgical instrument, sports and also through the cultural exchange programs. He further elaborated the importance of cooperation between Pakistan and Kazakhstan in promotion of regional security and stability highlighting Pakistan’s extensive role in counterterrorism to achieve peace imperative for the regional peace and security.
He also reminded of the fact that Pakistan was among the first countries that recognized Kazakhstan as a sovereign state in the map of world symbolizes the strong bonding between Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
Dr Nazir Hussain, Associate Professor School of Politics and International Relations termed benefits of enhanced people-to-people contacts a significant factor which might play a pivotal role in improving cooperation between Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
Dr Muhammad Khan, Renowned Analyst, pointed the Kazakhstan’s role during the long process of Pakistan’s accession to Shanghai Cooperation Organization remained commendable.
From the historical perspective of handing over nuclear bombs to Russia and later signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), for that reason, Dr. Khan called Kazakhstan the most responsible nation in state of affairs.

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