ISLAMABAD: KAZAKHSTAN, the largest land-locked multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country is radiating new hopes and confidence to the region and the world. After independence, a cold breeze started blowing from steppes of this promising land to Pakistan as historically the two lands were linked up with ancient Silk Route. The caravans used to travel on this route for building trade and friendship.
This was why, Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan after seeking independence from Soviet Union dashed to Islamabad twenty years back to re-establish the lost links. The government and people of Pakistan welcomed him with open- arms and since then both the counties have been building bridges of trust, respect and understanding,
To celebrate 20th anniversary of Pak-Kazakh diplomatic relations, a grand reception was thrown by the Kazakh ambassador Bakhitbek Shabarbayev on Tuesday in a local hotal where members of diplomatic corps, parliamentarians, politicians, businessmen, mediamen and friends of Kazakhstan thronged the grand festivity to share joys with the ambassador and his team.
Chairman Senate Farooq Naik graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The colours of Kazakhs glittered the grand gala as the enthusiastic friends of Kazakhstan enjoyed the cozy and comfortable atmosphere where a screen was radiating social and economic development of this resource-rich country.
The developing hydro-carbon industry is changing the face and fate of this land. The ambassador joined by Chief Guest Farooq Naik and other diplomats cut the ceremonial cake after playing of national anthems of both the countries. The friendly and energetic ambassador, Bakhitbek Shabarbayev, who was the moving spirit in the gala termed friendship with Pakistan of high value to his country. In his brief speech, the ambassador said since establishment of diplomatic relations with Pakistan twenty years back, when President Nursultan Nazarbayev had made his official visit to Islamabad, relations between both the friendly and brotherly countries have been developing on the principles of equal partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields.
Astana considers Pakistan as an important partner in South Asia. The top leadership of Pakistan including President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister along with high level official delegations visited Kazakhstan last year which helped to strengthen mutually beneficial ties. Both the countries have identical views on various international and regional issues.
Both the countries extend support to each other in international fourms including the UN, ECO and OIC. Both the counties have great future. This 20th anniversary will open new avenues for further strengthening such cordial relations, the ambassador said. Farooq Naik reciprocating the gestures of the ambassador said Pakistan is ever ready to respond positively to the moves of Astana to have mutually beneficial relations. Pakistan wants to expand its social, cultural and trade relations with Kazakhstan.
He hoped both the countries will move further in the days to come. Kazakhstan is passing through an era of change. Elections have been held recently where broad -based representation of the people including the different ethnic groups has been brought about in the country.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev in his recent address to the people of Kazakhstan after the elections said Kazakhstan has bravely entered the third decade of independence. The new Parliament and reshuffled government have begun their work for the socio-economic development of the country.
“Now, we will manage everything ourselves, “ the President said adding Kazakhstan will strive to join ranks of the high-income countries by 2015. In 2011, the country’s economy grew by 7.5%. The gross domestic product per capita exceeded $ 11, 000, the President said. Social economic modernisation is the main vector of Kazakhstan’s development in the next decade. There is need to implement a set of tasks in ten directions for bringing positive changes in lives of the people, the President said.
Social modernisation is the main task of the new Parliament and the Government and all the bodies operating in Kazakhstan’s society including parties, NGOs, creative and professional associations, the media and all the patriots of the country. We should be unitd to take our country forward, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said.