|Pakistani Embassy, Dushanbe ||Tajik Embassy, Islamabad|
|Ambassador Mr. Tariq Iqbal Soomro ||Ambassador Jononov Sherali Saydamirovich |
The two countries are only 16 kilometres (10 mi) apart at their closest point. The Wakhan Corridor is a narrow strip of territory in northeastern Afghanistan that extends to China and separates Tajikistan from Pakistan.
|Official Name||Islamic Republic of Pakistan||Republic of Tajikistan|
|Coat of Arms|
|Area||881,913 km² (340,509 sq mi)||143,100 km² (55,300 sq mi)|
|Population Density||244.4/km² (633/sq mi)||48.6/km2 (125.9/sq mi)|
|Largest Metropolitan Area||Karachi (14,910,352)||Dushanbe (843,252)|
|Government||Federal Parliamentary Republic||Unitary Presidential Republic|
|Current Leader||Arif Alvi||Emomali Rahmon|
|GDP (nominal)||$324.73 Billion||$7.350 Billion|
|GDP (PPP)||$1.195 Trillion||$30.547 Billion|
|GDP (nominal) per Capita||$1,650||$807|
|GDP (PPP) per Capita||$5,839||$3,354|
|Human Development Index||0.562 (Medium)||0.650 (Medium)|
|Military Expenditures||$9.6 Billion||$53 Million|
History of Relations
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. In March 2008 Said Saidbaig, the Tajik Ambassador, announced that his country would be able to export cheap electricity to Pakistan and Iran.
Tajiks in Pakistan
There are at least 1.2 million Tajiks living in Pakistan. 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. There also large number of Tajiks from Afghanistan that have settled in Pakistan permanently. Many Tajik refugees from Tajikistan lived in Pakistan and some of them returned to Tajikistan.
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.
- Embassy of Pakistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
- Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
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