Roundtable on 25th Years of Independence of Tajikistan: Prosperity and Development Organized by Embassy of Tajikistan to Pakistan and Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies
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Islamabad 9th Sep, 2016: “ Pakistan is concentrating on exploring, opportunities and richness of natural resources to make the maximum benefit out of relations with the countries of Central Asian region especially Tajikistan. With its geographical proximity Tajikistan has much more to offer to Pakistan and Pakistan has to offer to brotherly Tajikistan.” These were the remarks by Chief Guest H.E Mr. Waheed Ul Hassan, Special Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Govt of Pakistan, during a roundtable on “25 years of Independence of Tajikistan: Prosperity and Development” organized by Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies and Embassy of Tajikistan to Pakistan at the eve of 25 years of Independence Day Celebration of Republic of Tajikistan. Mr. Waheed Ul Hassan further said that Tajikistan has emerged as a progressive country and due to visionary leadership, the country has successfully transformed its self and has shown remarkable impressive socio-economic progress. On the eve of 25 years of independence of Tajikistan, the country is ready to take off for new heights of peace, prosperity and development. People of Pakistan and Tajikistan share the painful moments as well as happy times.
H.E Mr. Sherali Jononov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan highlighted the progress made by the country during the last several years after the robust and focused strategies of leadership of the country to come out from the crisis of civil war that Tajikistan faced. He further added that Tajikistan is on the path towards development and prosperity and has several opportunities to offer including the recent project of Central Asian South Asia(CASA-1000) electricity project that will meet the energy needs of not only Pakistan but regional countries also. Related to Pakistan-Tajikistan relations, Ambassador said that it is on the steady path with both sides exchanged highest level of visits, meetings and regular interaction for improving bilateral relations for regional peace and prosperity also. He also emphasized about the interests of Tajikistan to develop people to people contact with special focus on young generation in fields of faculty and student exchange along with the regular interaction of administrations of Universities.
Prof. Dr. Nazir Hussain, Professor School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University was of the view that Tajikistan has faced several challenges including dealing with the major powers and being a landlocked country managed to faced them very well. Dr. Sajid Mahmood, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Historical and Cultural Research, Quaid-I-Azam University said that keeping in view the richness of history and cultural aspects, Tajikistan is more than several centuries old and keeping in view the prospects of relations, Pakistan and Tajikistan shares several commonalities hence making the connectivity intact.
In the end, Mrs. Farhat Asif, President, Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies said that Pakistan and our citizens need to explore opportunities in the countries of Central Asian region and has announced the initiative of having Diploma for Central Asian Studies and Diploma for SCO studies at the Institute in collaboration with Diplomatic Missions. The registration will open soon at the institute.
The roundtable was attended by Former Ambassadors, Diplomats, Academicians, students, researchers and reflected keen interest about Tajikistan.