Pakistan Kyrgyzstan Relations after Visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan
This May, we observed a comprehensive Central Asian spree organized by the Prime Minister Turkmenistan and then Kyrgyzstan to explore and revive the relations to a better level. While visiting the neighboring Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistani Prime Minister urged to enhance partnership from mere political to strategic level. Several meetings were held amongst the counterparts and ministerial level joint dialogues on elevating the relations from usual political to strategic partnership covering all areas of bilateral relations. During Prime Minister of Pakistan’s stay in Capital Bishkek, he held several meetings with his counterpart and President of Kyrgyzstan and discussed ways and means to enhance cooperation between the two countries in different areas of mutual interest particular economy, trade and energy. There was also new avenues of cooperation were discussed including peace and stability, countering terrorism, narcotics drugs and extremism, trade and economic cooperation, and regional integration. Along with discussion, two most important agreements were also signed one was about combating cooperate in prevention of natural disasters. The agreement of cooperation partnership between both the countries to eradicate the menace from the root since both countries are having strong roots of drugs transport. On the other hand, Pakistan has an experience of dealing with natural disasters and agreement about prevention of natural calamities is done in order to boost cooperation between the countries to come forward and learn from experiences hence building strengthened communities and societies in both states. To speed up the process to enhance the partnership in energy sector, both sides show satisfaction on all important agreements regarding CASA-1000( Central Asia-South Asia) project has also been concluded during the visit. As Pakistan is having its economic growth heavily dependent on electricity so CASA-1000 could help to meet its energy needs. Both states also share vision of having peace and stability in the region, about countering terrorism, economic empowerment and regional integration. The two sides also discussed ways of realizing full potential of our rich human and material resources, through expanding trade, increasing investments, improving infrastructure, building road and rail links, and enhancing energy collaboration.
While glancing through history of relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, one can visit a sea change in relations from being just friendly to the level of strategic partnership. Several agreements of cooperation in agreement of cooperation between the news agencies of both countries and opening of branch of Pakistani bank in the capital are few of the landmarks in the nature of relations, which are building steadily and smoothly without any friction or challenge. Both countries also share ancient history, faith, traditions, values, cultures, similarity in languages and love of people from both sides. Being members of the international and regional organizations including UN, ECO and others, both states support each other on various global and regional issues.
Pakistan is also aiming to join as a full member to Shanghai Cooperation Organization while Kyrgyzstan as a founding member has its own application and will to join the organization. On several occasions, leadership of Kyrgyzstan always endorsed Pakistan’s positions in the organization. Pakistan highly values its presence in the organization and regional organizations to have connection with to enhance partnership and developing multilayered relations of the member countries especially with those which are founding members and regional partners. Prime Minister of Pakistan also reiterated the desire to seek support from Kyrgyzstan to support Pakistan’s membership in upcoming Summit in Ufa, Russia.
It is also worth to mention here that government of Kyrgyzstan also showed
keen interest in the joint PakistanAfghanistan Transit Trade agreement, as it will connect the landlocked country to the emerging lucrative markets and trading routes of South Asia and beyond. Kyrgyzstan is also going to become member of Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan which will again provide Pakistani entrepreneurs accost to not only Kyrgyz markets but European markets also. Along with this, Kyrgyzstan is also interested to have a quadrilateral transit trade agreement with China, Pakistan and Kazakhstan hence making the region trade connectivity to a higher level. Since Pakistan is a transit route for landlocked Central Asian Republics for trade and commerce with South Asia and beyond through sea and land links and with the advent of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, Pakistan will become hub of trade to and from Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran along with the access to East Asian markets and beyond. Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan has developed deep rooted partnership and hence based on congeniality of interests and collaborative growth through better regional integration. Pakistan has extended a credit of 10 million USD to the government of Kyrgyzstan to help build the Pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Bishkek in 1991. This was a support that the then government of Pakistan extended to the brotherly country to rebuild the state. It is also to note here that at the request of the government of Kyrgyzstan, even Government of Pakistan rescheduled the credit reimbursement. Another landmark achievement over the years is opening of the branch of National Bank in Bishkek in 2002. The aim was relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan” and soon after its opening unit of the bank. National Bank also offered normal preparing project for the bankers of Kyrgyz Republic.
Several hundreds of Pakistani expatriate community is living in the country. There are number of students who are studying in several universities of the country. Most of them are engaged According to one estimate, there are 2000 Pakistanis living in Kyrgyzstan. Such a large number of Pakistan expatriates are not only strengthening the economy of Kyrgyzstan but also are playing an important in building bridges between Bishkek and Islamabad. Pakistan has also arranged trainings for 60 young and mid-career diplomats at the Foreign Services Academy in Islamabad. Pakistan has also extended help to Kyrgyz national under the Technical Assistance program in the money, English dialect and postal administrations, and so on.
Now, as we have lined up all the basic facts and several arguments about the relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, it is time now to make the agreements on pages to be materialized with full vigor and zest. Practical approach to diplomacy is required where much faith should be given to the involvement of Business community, professionals, entrepreneurs and others social activist to come forward and join hands and work together.