Pakistan-Azerbaijan Relations –Reaching a New Momentum and New Spring
SMuhammad Asif Noor Director, Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan pring of relationship between Islamabad and Baku further blossomed when President of Pakistan Mr.Mamnoon 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 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 for Defense Productions, senior industrialists and traders. The businessmen were from infrastructure, construction material, surgical instruments, food products and leather good. A joint declaration was issued after the meeting of both Presidents. Pakistan and Azerbaijan are having exceptional relations since the inception of relations. These are based on cultural, history, traditions, political, economic, religious and strategic partnership and sense of togetherness that began when Pakistan became the second country after Turkey which recognized the independence of Azerbaijan. Pakistan has also, in its clear terms, extended support to Azerbaijan’s positions on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh hostile and aggressive policy and is not having any diplomatic relations with Armenia due to occupation of adopt a parliamentary resolution that strongly condemns the genocide committed by Armenian armed units against the civilians in Khojaly city and urged international Council. On the other hand, despite having diplomatic links with India, Azerbaijan has always been supportive to Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir issue and has always stood by Pakistan on every international and regional forum. Both countries have always supported each other on the international arena. giant step was the establishment of Pakistan-Azerbaijan Business Forum and then later its inauguration during the visit. The aim of the forum is meant to enhance economic linkages between businessmen of both countries hence having positive impact over the future of relations. It was explored that there are several sectors where businessmen from both sectors can come together to explore several sectors like defense equipment, oil and gas, garments, construction material, pharmacy, agriculture, and other to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, transport, tourism, education and science and technology. Pakistan can learn from the experience of Azerbaijan in oil and gas sector hence improve the quality of energy sector. On the and pharmaceutical sector.