Rus­sia and Pak­istan: New Mo­men­tum

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Rus­sian-Pak­istani re­la­tions are on the rise. The in­ten­sity of our bi­lat­eral con­tacts has of late con­sid­er­ably risen at all lev­els. Our re­la­tions gained ad­di­tional pos­i­tive mo­men­tum in 2011 af­ter an of­fi­cial visit of Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari to Rus­sia in May and his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Dmit­ryMedvedev on the side­lines of the “Dushanbe Quar­tet” (Rus­sia, Pak­istan, Afghanistan, Ta­jik­istan) sum­mit in Septem­ber. Be­sides, Chair­man of Gov­ern­ment Vladimir Putin met with Prime Min­is­ter Yousuf Raza Gilani dur­ing the ses­sion of the Coun­cil of Heads of Gov­ern­ment of SCO Mem­ber States in Saint Peters­burg in Novem­ber. Our For­eign min­is­ters Sergey Lavrov and Hina Rab­bani Khar met in NewYork on the side­lines of the 66th ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly in late Septem­ber. We also in­ter­acted tightly on the whole spec­trum of the bi­lat­eral agenda: in the sphere of ed­u­ca­tion, en­ergy, counter-ter­ror­ism and coun­ternar­cotics. The in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of our po­lit­i­cal con­tacts is not an ac­ci­den­tal phe­nom­e­non it is log­i­cally stip­u­lated by grow­ing un­der­stand­ing in Moscow and Is­lam­abad that our coun­tries have many com­mon in­ter­ests and ob­jec­tives. First and fore­most, it ap­plies to pro­vid­ing re­gional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, coun­ter­ing threats of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism in all forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions. Along with our Pak­istani part­ners we res­o­lutely stand against il­licit arms trade, drug traf­fick­ing, money laun­der­ing, cross-border or­ga­nized crime. We hold de­tailed dis­cus­sions on all th­ese is­sues, par­tic­u­larly within the frame­work of the joint work­ing group on coun­ter­ing in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism and other new chal­lenges to in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity. Rus­sia fully rec­og­nizes and ap­pre­ci­ates the sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion made by the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Pak­istan to the ef­forts of world com­mu­nity in this sphere. Thou­sands of Pak­istani sol­diers and of­fi­cers, po­lice­men and in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives sac­ri­ficed their lives while purg­ing their coun­try of ter­ror hot­beds, prov­ing with deeds the com­mit­ment of Pak­istan to gen­uine Is­lamic and hu­man val­ues. We share the grief of Pak­ista­nis over the tragic in­ci­dent in Mohmand on the border with Afghanistan in the end of Novem­ber this year. Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs of Rus­sia Sergey Lavrov had a tele­phone talk with his coun­ter­part Hina Rab­bani Khar and ex­pressed con­do­lences in con­nec­tion with losses of Pak­istani sol­diers and of­fi­cers dur­ing the air raid on two check posts at the Pak­istani-Afghan border. He said that the ISAF-NATO com­mand in Afghanistan should con­duct a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent. Sergey Lavrov ex­pressed un­der­stand­ing of the Pak­istani Gov­ern­ment's po­si­tion and stressed in­ad­mis­si­bil­ity of vi­o­la­tion of states' sovereignty, in­clud­ing in plan­ning and car­ry­ing out coun­tert­er­ror­ist op­er­a­tions. Rus­sia at­taches great im­por­tance to co­op­er­a­tion with Pak­istan in the sphere of Afghan set­tle­ment. In­sta­bil­ity in this coun­try is our

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