March 18

Kazakhstan's Overtures to Pakistan - Daily Times - Curated by Qamar Zaman

Yerzhan Kistafin, ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, has all along remained very serious in the promotion of bilateral cooperation and economic relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan.

He hectically pursued when an Uzbek trade delegation visited Pakistan several weeks back, facilitating its interaction with Pakistani counterparts and even personally accompanying it in its visit to Karachi, managing, besides other engagements, a meeting of Uzbek traders with Governor Sindh.

“We take Pakistan as an important regional country and a potential trading partner. We have (also) been maintaining strong cultural and diplomatic relations with Pakistan,” observed Kistafin while addressing a function arranged by All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) in honour of the visiting Kazakh delegation in Islamabad.

The ambassador was not unleashing empty rhetoric when he spoke of his country’s strong desire to promote friendly tied with Pakistan. Kazakhstan and Pakistan have been making constant efforts to consolidate their fraternal relations.

It is through Afghanistan and Pakistan that Kazakhstan can reach out to the subcontinent, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

Kazakhstan, like the other Central Asian and Eurasian republics, became independent when the erstwhile Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991. Before that, all these states were integral parts of the Socialist empire.

Pakistan was among the first few countries that recognized Kazakhstan as an independent and...



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