LAHORE: Ambassador of Republic of Tajikistan in Pakistan Ismatullo Nasredin says that Tajikistan and Pakistan are enhancing relations and playing a role to strengthen the economy of the region.

He was addressing a book launching ceremony of “The Tajiks in the Mirror of History,” authored by Emomali Rahmon, the president of the Republic of Tajikistan, translated into Urdu language and published by the Punjab University.

The ceremony was jointly organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan, Punjab University Regional Integration Centre and Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad.

Mr Nasredin was the chief guest on the occasion while PU Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, RIC Director Dr Fauzia Hadi Ali, CGSS Executive Director retired Col Khalid Taimur, deans of various faculties and a number of students participated in the ceremony.

Mr Nasredin said Tajikistan was ready to build friendly relations with other countries and recognised shared interests based on reciprocal respect, equality and mutually beneficial cooperation. He said the bilateral ties between Pakistan and Tajikistan were also growing with the passage of time. He shed light on various topics of the book and elaborated the history of Tajikistan briefly.

Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar highlighted the importance of Pakistan’s ties with Central Asia. He said Pakistan and Tajikistan had recently signed several accords to boost the relations.

Khalid Taimur stated that the dynamic leadership of Tajikistan under President Emomali Rahmon had created equal opportunities, formed a robust security system and promoted higher living standards for its people. Ghazi Muhammad Abdullah from PU Department of History and Dr Shareh from Department of Political Science also spoke.

Published in Dawn, December 1st, 2021

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