The geography of a state is the most underlining feature of its foreign policy because it is the most permanent one. The geostrategic location of Pakistan is extraordinarily significant when it comes to the State’s outreach. During the recent visit, Uzbekistan’s foreign minister Dr. Abdulaziz Kamilov met with Prime Minister Imran Khan and offered to have access to Pakistani Seaports. PM Khan assured him that Pakistan will facilitate Uzbekistan in their access to the Pakistani ports. Uzbekistan is a Central Asian landlocked country that is currently using Bandar Abbas (Iranian Sea Port) for international trade. Uzbekistan in dire need to ensure their ready access to international waters and Pakistan could provide the shortest route through Karachi and Gawadar Port. Uzbekistan prioritized Pakistan to ensure their ready access to the international seas for trade because it will minimize the cost of shipping as well as time.
Pakistan and Uzbekistan are also working on other development projects, for instance, the Trans-Afghan Railway project and road route through China. Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan signed a deal on the construction of a 600km rail route deal in February, this year. This project will take approximately five years to complete and will cost 4.8 US dollars. Both the states are eager to complete this project as soon as possible as it will open new avenues of trade and commercial activities. This rail route and a parallel road project would develop direct land linkage between Pakistan and Central Asian Republics.
PTI’s government is leaving no stone unturned to create new gateways to enhance the economic growth of Pakistan. Pakistan is diversifying its foreign policy and utilizing its unique geostrategic position, offering different types of economic proposals to the neighboring states which are very much necessary for the economic security of the State. In the contemporary scenario, Pakistan is surviving implacable economic challenges, and such offers are significant to empower Pakistan’s crippling economy.