Pakistan–Tajikistan relations

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Pakistan-Tajikistan relations
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Tajikistan

Pakistan–Tajikistan relations are the foreign relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan. Relations between the two states were established when the republic of Tajikistan became independent following the collapse of the USSR. Trade and cooperation has steadily grown between the two nations, with several summits being held on how to improve bilateral trade.[1][2] In March 2008 Said Saidbaig, the Tajik Ambassador, announced that his country would be able to export cheap electricity to Pakistan and Iran.[3] Relations date back when both nations were part of the Persian Empire and the countries have the same cultural traditions in common especially because of deep Turanian and Persian influences in the two countries.

Main article: Tajiks in Pakistan

The two countries are only 16 kilometres (10 mi) apart at their closest point and there are at least 1.2 million Tajiks living in Pakistan[citation needed]. In recent years, many Tajiks from Tajikistan have settled in Pakistan due to the economic conditions prevalent in their home country, many have settled in the northern city of Ishkuman. In 1979, with the invasion by the Soviet Union of Afghanistan, a large number of Tajik refugees from that country came and settled throughout Pakistan. Exact numbers are difficult to ascertain as many don't have official identity cards or are counted as being Chitrali or Gilgiti in official census figures.[citation needed] There also large number of Tajiks from Afghanistan that have settled in Pakistan permanently.[citation needed] Many Tajiks refugees from Tajikistan lived in Pakistan and some of them returned to Tajikistan.[4]

Strategic commitments[edit]

In a meeting held at Governor house Islamabad, the Tajik President and Pakistani Prime Minister affirmed plans to connect Pakistan and Tajikistan through road networks, such as from Chitral-Ishkashim-Dushanbe.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pakistan, Tajikistan agree to boost trade". Dawn.com. 2002-06-03. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Musharraf leaves for Tajikistan on Sunday". Dawn.com. 2002-05-31. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Tajikistan to supply cheap power to Pakistan". Dawn. 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  4. ^ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2002-10-01). "Long-time Tajik refugees return home from Pakistan". Unhcr.org. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  5. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/1219412