Edi­tor’s Ob­ser­va­tions

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Vik­tor Niko­layevich Bon­darev Com­man­der-in-Chief, Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Air Force was in Is­lam­abad to meet with his coun­ter­part Air Chief Mar­shal be­gin­ning of re­la­tions.. He was be­ing in­vited by Air Chief Mar­shal of Pak­istan Air Force when he was there in Moscow for his maiden visit to Rus­sia in Au­gust 2012, for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the In­ter­na­tional Mil­i­tary among both mil­i­taries which is great step and wel­comed from all quar­ters in Pak­istan. Th­ese high level vis­its are that of mil­i­tary of that of civil are visit of Mrs. Valentina Matvienko, Chair­per­son of the Coun­cil of the Fed­eral Assem­bly of Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion here at Par­lia­ment House was an­other high­light of this year. She was head­ing the del­e­ga­tion of Rus­sian par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to meet their coun­ter­parts to boost ties es­pe­cially peo­ple to peo­ple con­tacts and ex­change of del­e­ga­tions at var­i­ous lev­els. En­hanc­ing cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion and also in the ed­u­ca­tion sphere can help in strength­en­ing Pak­istan-Rus­sia re­la­tions.

Last year, pres­ence of Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Vik­torovich Lavrov in Is­lam­abad was a breath of fresh air for Pak­istan. Mr. Lavrov as­sured his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Ms. Hina Rab­bani Khar for the sup­port to Pak­istan on all is­sues of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional na­ture. Re­cently the re­la­tions be­tween Rus­sia and Pak­istan are mov­ing smoothly and on high note to­wards achiev­ing the goals that have been set while the high level vis­its like that of Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan’s visit to Rus­sia in 2011 was meant to set new stan­dards in re­la­tion­ship.

Th­ese reg­u­lar con­tacts are main­tained on high lev­els in or­der to share the goals and sup­port each other on com­mon grounds. In Au­gust 2012 First Deputy Min­is­ters of For­eign Af­fairs of Rus­sia and Pak­istan dis­cussed the rel­e­vant is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­ests, re­gional and world pol­i­tics. Trade co­op­er­a­tion, coun­tert­er­ror­ism as­sis­tance, anti-drug di­rec­tions were few of the ma­jor themes that were at the top of agenda. Later in Septem­ber 2012, Rus­sia has agreed to sup­port Pak­istan in de­vel­op­ment of fuel and en­ergy com­plex of Pak­istan mod­ern­iza­tion of me­tal­lur­gi­cal com­plex agribusi­ness, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, and ed­u­ca­tion. The evolv­ing sce­nario in the re­gion has made Pak­istan and Rus­sia to come closer to­gether by hav­ing multi-sided co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas of bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral lev­els. Through the fo­rums like Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SCO) and Dushanbe Four( Afghanistan-Pak­istan-Rus­sia-Ta­jik­istan), both the states are work­ing in close co­op­er­a­tion with each other to re­solve the is­sues es­pe­cially that of Afghanistan. Pak­istan and Rus­sia has now con­ver­gences of in­ter­ests in var­i­ous is­sues of in­ter­na­tional and re­gional na­ture. of ward­ing off the past and hop­ing for the long term fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion. As per the state­ment Is­lam­abad to the ma­jor­ity of is­sues of the world pol­i­tics cre­ates fa­vor­able pre­con­di­tions for ow­ing to elec­tion of Pak­istan the non-per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for 20122013”. Rus­sia also ad­di­tion­ally sees Pak­istan as a coun­try play­ing an im­por­tant role in coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism and achiev­ing its vi­sion of re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity.

Un­der­stand­ing of chang­ing pa­ram­e­ters of in­ter­na­tional, re­gional po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment, Pak­istan must con­tinue to have a thrust to­wards de­vel­op­ing close re­la­tions with Rus­sia and it must also work on rais­ing it to much higher level. New phase has al­ready marked to be­gin. Our in­ter­est de­grees of ig­no­rance” how­ever for Pak­istan it is nec­es­sary in the con­tem­po­rary world pol­i­tics not to re­main ig­no­rant es­pe­cially in its re­la­tions with Rus­sia.

This spe­cial friend­ship sup­ple­ment is com­bi­na­tion of views and opin­ions ex­pressed by writ­ers from across the world in or­der to com­mem­o­rate the 65th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and Rus­sia. We are grate­ful to Em­bassy of Rus­sia in Pak­istan for their sup­port in pub­lish­ing this his­toric doc­u­ment.

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