Ed­i­tor’s Ob­ser­va­tions

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Pak­istan and Ukraine es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions dur­ing 1992 but ac­tu­all co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tions be­gin dur­ing the era of Soviet Union, when the Ukrainian ex­perts in­clud­ing en­gi­neers and econ­o­mists as­sisted Pak­istan in de­vel­op­ing key in­dus­tries and na­tional econ­omy dur­ing the decade of 60s and 70s. Steel Mills in Karachi, Hy­dro Sta­tions in Ter­bella and other ma­jor grid sta­tions were built with the help of Ukrainian en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians. Af­ter in­de­pen­dence from Soviet Union, Ukraine jointly with Pak­istan as­sem­bled and sub­se­quently took over the main­te­nance of the main bat­tle tank “Al Khalid” which has ex­port po­ten­tial. This tank is be­ing con­sid­ered as sym­bol of deep rooted Pak­istan-Ukraine re­la­tions. The re­la­tions be­tween Ukraine and Pak­istan can be termed as friendly and deep-rooted since both the states are co­op­er­at­ing with each other on the tra­di­tion­ally high level of un­der­stand­ing in po­lit­i­cal, mil­i­tary, trade, eco­nomic spheres with ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion at in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. Both coun­tries wish to ex­pand the main pri­or­ity now is to use an ex­ist­ing pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in di­a­logue, boost­ing le­gal frame­work, creat­ing aus­pi­cious con­di­tions for func­tion­ing of busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions at the mar­kets of both coun­tries etc. Ukraine is ea­ger to work in var­i­ous sec­tors and wel­come any ef­forts to search new ap­proaches for co­op­er­a­tion and ex­pand­ing ties with Pak­istan. Cur­rent trade turnover be­tween Pak­istan and Ukraine has reached $251 Mil­lion. In 2012 the vol­ume of to­tal trade turnover be­tween both the coun­tries was $240 Mil­lion. Is­sue of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tions and that too with risk­ing lives and de­scend­ing to trou­bles is caus­ing alarms within Aus­tralia. The num­ber of “boat peo­ple” has in­creased alarm­ingly re­sult­ing in loss of lives in seas. As Aus­tralia is a coun­try of im­mi­grants. Ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics (ABS)Cen­sus of 2011 re­vealed that over a quar­ter of Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion is born at least one over­seas-born par­ent. Ac­cord­ing a coun­try re­ceiv­ing im­mi­grants from across the globe through­out the his­tory. These pat­terns of mi­gra­tion have made Aus­tralia one of the coun­tries hav­ing rich di­ver­sity that can be seen through the va­ri­ety of lan­guages, re­li­gions, an­ces­tors and birth­place re­ported by Aus­tralians in the re­cent cen­sus. Over the but now with the chang­ing dy­nam­ics, the pol­icy was sub­jected to change. Now with the eco­nomic boom in var­i­ous sec­tors of Aus­tralia in­clud­ing rise of min­ing in­dus­try, many peo­ple from Asia tried to reach the coun­try search­ing for work and set­tle­ment. Most of these peo­ple are from In­dia, China, Afghanistan and Pak­istan. The data also coun­try as Hin­duism is fastly be­com­ing a lead­ing re­li­gion. Di­ver­sity has also not only pro­vid­ing its div­i­dends but also caus­ing prob­lems within Aus­tralia as well. In or­der to avoid fur­ther com­pli­ca­tions and prob­lems, Aus­tralian au­thor­i­ties have one to be­ing re­stric­tive dis­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to travel il­le­gally to the coun­try. These il­le­gal im­mi­grants are caus­ing havoc to the lo­cal in­dus­try and work force since be­ing cheaper la­bor­ers, they are ready to work in any terms and con­di­tions, em­ploy­ers are in­clin­ing to­wards em­ploy­ing this cheaper la­bor. This is one of the few of the rea­sons that Aus­tralian govern­ment has started this cam­paign of dis­cour­age­ment while also shifted their pol­icy. There is a need to launch a na­tion­wide cam­paign re­gard­ing rais­ing aware­ness among peo­ple es­pe­cially young ones to be aware of these hu­man smug­glers and sug­gest easy op­tion for le­gal way for im­mi­gra­tion and also study abroad pro­grams. It should be a joint effort and Govern­ment of Aus­tralia needs to ex­tend its hands of co­op­er­a­tion not only with the Pak­istani govern­ment but also with the civil society or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing at grass root level in­clud­ing re­search cen­ters, univer­si­ties and me­dia houses which can dis­sem­i­nate the in­for­ma­tion as widely as pos­si­ble. The Diplo­matic In­sight fe­lic­i­tates coun­tries whose in­de­pen­dence days are in Septem­ber.

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