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A special discussion was arranged at the University of Punjab (PU), on the completion of 30 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

On this occasion, the Ambassador of Tajikistan Mr Ismatullah Nasiruddin was the Chief Guest. At the same time, PU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Brigadier (r) Mansoor Saeed Sheikh from Centre for Global and Strategic Studies, Regional Integration Centre Director Dr. Fauzia Hadi Ali, Prof Dr. Umbreen Javed, Dr. Muhammad Shara Qazi, Prof Dr. Mehboob Hussain, Prof Dr. Amra Raza, Prof Dr. Muhammad Sharif were present. At the same time, Prof Dr Ahmed Farhan Saeed, Prof Dr. Shabbir Ahmed and Prof Dr. Noman Ali Shah spoke online.

Addressing the ceremony at PU, Tajik Ambassador Mr Ismatullah said that Tajikistan and Pakistan have enjoyed warm bilateral relations for decades. He said that cooperation with Pakistan in the field of education, research and business is increasing. He invited Pakistani businessmen, academics and people to visit Tajikistan and explore all opportunities themselves which could contribute to strengthening regional cooperation. He said that in the future these relations would yield positive results which would be beneficial for both the countries.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar thanked Brig (r) Mansoor for playing his role in enhancing relations with the Central Asian States. He said that RIC had been established with a vision to enhance regional cooperation and we have many success stories in this regard. The participants in the ceremony said that Pak-Tajik relations were strong on the basis of Islamic brotherhood. They said that trade relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan were also important but they needed to be further enhanced. Later, the ambassador and others cut the cake to celebrate 30 years of bilateral relations.