Coun­try Spe­cific Re­la­tions of Pak­istan with Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States

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Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States was es­tab­lished right af­ter the col­lapse of Soviet Union as a loose as­so­ci­a­tion of states formed with an agree­ment on 8 De­cem­ber 1991. At the very on­set, the or­ga­ni­za­tion was com­prised of Rus­sia and 11 other republics that were pre­vi­ously part of the Soviet Union. The lead­ers of Rus­sia, Ukraine and Be­larus signed the agree­ment forming the new as­so­ci­a­tion hence re­plac­ing USSR. The three other Slavic Republics later joined the con­sor­tium along with the Tran­scau­casian Republics of Azer­bai­jan, Ar­me­nia and Ge­or­gia. founded on 21 De­cem­ber. 1991. The ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­ter of CIS is lo­cated in Minsk, Cap­i­tal city of Be­larus. This year in 2015, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will mark its 24th an­niver­sary. Since its in­cep­tion and in­de­pen­dence of the republics, Pak­istan has warm re­la­tions with all the CIS coun­tries. Pak­istan rec­og­nized the in­de­pen­dence of th­ese states sooner and be­gan to adopt for­eign pol­icy ob­jec­tives of cre­at­ing last­ing re­la­tion­ship with peo­ple of the re­gion. Dur­ing the course of history, sev­eral high level vis­its were done to the coun­tries and sev­eral num­bers of agree­ments based on the eco­nomic, so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional, sport, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, science, en­ergy and oth­ers have been signed so far to en­hance part­ner­ships with coun­tries hence bring­ing the div­i­dends to the na­tion. Large num­ber of di­as­pora liv­ing in th­ese states is earn­ing good will for the states and Pak­istan. Some of them are stu­dents, few of them are busi­ness­men and are try­ing to build the part­ner­ship to much last­ing lev­els. Al­though crit­ics are vary of the fact or­ga­ni­za­tion but the coun­tries which are mem­ber of this struc­ture are im­por­tant for Pak­istan. CIS was de­vised to serve for fur­ther the de­vel­op­ment and strength­en­ing the bond of friend­ship, good neigh­bor­hood, inter-eth­nic har­mony, trust, mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and mu­tu­ally ad­van­ta­geous co­op­er­a­tion among mem­ber states. The ob­jec­tives and mis­sions are well men­tioned in its char­ter adopted dur­ing the in­cep­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Sev­eral other struc­tures was de­vised to give a new shape to the CIS as an or­ga­ni­za­tion but due to the sev­eral rea­sons, the as­so­ci­a­tion failed to reach the ob­jec­tives and aims, set dur­ing its ear­lier years. Keep­ing in view the con­text of Pak­istan, quite re­cently, we have ob­served a height of ac­tiv­ity in­clud­ing sev­eral high level trav­els from CIS mem­ber states grow­ing need from the both sides the ur­gency of de­vel­op­ing deep rooted links at the wake of new world or­der. The neo-re­gion­al­ism is on the rise where the pow­er­houses are be­ing shifted from be­ing bipo­lar world to a mul­tipo­lar world. The non-state ac­tors es­pe­cially the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have po­lit­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion for gain­ing ac­cess other hand, th­ese old Soviet States had re­cently got rid of their shack­les of the USSR and hence are ex­pand­ing their selves to the out­side for col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­op­er­a­tion. The CIS is a loose as­so­ci­a­tion of states. Al­though the CIS has few supra­na­tional pow­ers, it is aimed at be­ing more than a purely sym­bolic or­ga­ni­za­tion, nom­i­nally possessing co­or­di­nat­ing law­mak­ing, and se­cu­rity. It has also pro­moted co­op­er­a­tion on cross­bor­der crime preven­tion. Fur­ther­more, eight of the nine CIS mem­ber states par­tic­i­pate in the CIS Free Trade Area, Eco­nomic Union, a cus­toms union and com­mon mar­ket of over 180 mil­lion peo­ple. In ad­di­tion, six mem­ber states par­tic­i­pate in a mu­tual de­fence al­liance: the Col­lec­tive Se­cu­rity Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Let us be­gin by shar­ing how far Pak­istan’s re­la­tions with each of the mem­ber states have grown over the course of th­ese two decades, since the in­de­pen­dence of th­ese states.

Azer­bai­jan-Pak­istan Re­la­tions:

Spring of re­la­tion­ship be­tween Is­lam­abad and Baku fur­ther blos­somed when Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan Mr.Mam­noon Hus­sain vis­ited visit to broth­erly coun­try. The love was in the air and con­ge­nial­ity of re­la­tions took new shape and heights dur­ing and af­ter the visit. Four MoUs of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion were signed while Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain had also con­ferred Pak­istan’s high­est civil award of “Hi­lal-e-Pak­istan” upon the First Lady of Azer­bai­jan, Madam Mehriban Aliyeva, in recog­ni­tion of her ser­vices to the peo­ple of Pak­istan and con­tin­u­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian work, span­ning over a decade, by her or­ga­ni­za­tion “Hy­der Aliyev Foun­da­tion” in Kash­mir and other parts of Pak­istan. Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan was also given hon­orary doc­tor­ate de­gree in recog­ni­tion of the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to en­hanc­ing friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion. Am­bas­sadors of both coun­tries Mr.Dash­gin Shikarov and Mr.Khalid Us­man Qaiser also de­serve the praise for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion for making this visit a suc­cess, for both coun­tries. Sev­eral high level talks and Azer­bai­jan in­clud­ing busi­ness fo­rum and dis­cus­sions were done to ex­pand bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in di­verse sec­tors par­tic­u­larly trade, econ­omy and strate­gic part­ner­ship of both coun­tries at var­i­ous lev­els. Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan was ac­com­pa­nied by the Fed­eral Min­is­ter of dif­fer­ent min­istries and around forty

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