Pakistan’s active role in South and Central Asia


Pakistan’s particular focus of diplomatic activity in South and Central Asia is to create a new direction of Pakistan’s foreign policy with a particular focus into the geo-economics of the Central Asian economies. The recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is a testimony of this unfoldment. During Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit special emphasis on regional security, economic integration, culture and the future of Afghanistan. In particular, the development of cooperation with central Asia and the promotion of peace in Afghanistan have been identified as priorities. The recent reopening of trade routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan is a good sign. Pakistan is promoting reconstruction and economic development in the post-conflict Afghanistan. Also ensuring sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan through dialogue with Taliban, China, Russia and Central Asia’s States. The signing of the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan railway project in February. The railway would provide Tashkent with expedient delivery of Central Asia’s exports to Pakistan’s port in Gwadar.  However, it is clear that Pakistan’s efforts alone are not enough and needs to step up diplomatic efforts to strengthen its role as a voice for all Central Asian states in the neighboring region. To meet this challenge, the Uzbek Foreign Minister, Abdulaziz Kamilov, made a tour to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, soliciting the support of Uzbekistan’s neighbors. In addition to the bilateral agenda, the issue of developing economic ties with Afghanistan and the countries of South Asia has been discussed during the high-level talks. Nevertheless Pakistan tried to put his effort to host Afghan Peace Conference and invite all Afghanistan’s political leadership. Pakistan sees Russia an opportunity to connect China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Central Asia through Afghanistan. Although there are many spoilers who wants to spoil CPEC, Meanwhile In the past Pakistan have been highlighting those spoilers. Pakistan would rise and shine because of its strategic location and partnership in the CPEC project. CPEC is reaching completion at a fast pace-is a reminder that the spoilers want Pakistan to remain in a perpetual war-like situation and economic crisis.

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