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Pakistan to provide arms to Tajikistan, says PM Imran as leaders sign MoUs for cooperation in various fields

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June 2, 2021



Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (L) and Prime Minister Imran Khan hold a meeting in Islamabad. — Picture courtesy Foreign Office



Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (L) and Prime Minister Imran Khan hold a meeting in Islamabad. — Picture courtesy Foreign Office



Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday stressed the need to improve defence ties with Tajikistan, as the two countries signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) for cooperation in various sectors, including the sale of Pakistan-manufactured arms to the Central Asian country.

The MOUs were signed on the occasion of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's visit to Pakistan, who earlier arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit and was received at the Prime Minister House where he was given a guard of honour.


Addressing a joint press conference at the Prime Minister's Office with the Tajik president after their one-on-one meeting and a ceremony where various MOUs were signed, the premier said: "It is very important to improve our defence ties".
He added that the two leaders had also "discussed and signed MOUs on how to meet Tajikistan's requirement for the kind of weapons that Pakistan makes."


The prime minister said that in his meeting with the Tajik president, they had discussed a range of topics and the chambers of the two countries had signed agreements that would improve "our trade ties".


The MOUs and agreements signed between the two countries

  • Academic Cooperation Agreement between Tajik Technical University named after academician MS Osimi and Indus University of Pakistan
  • Agreement on Cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Agreement on Cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Agency for State Financial Control and Struggle against Corruption of the Republic of Tajikistan and National Accountability Bureau of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for Cooperation in the Field of Prevention and Liquidation of Emergency Situations
  • Agreement between the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in the field of Art and Culture
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Tajik Institute of Languages, Dushanbe Tajikistan and National University of Modern Languages of Pakistan
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Technological University of Tajikistan and Comsats University Islamabad
  • Agreement on International Road Transport
  • Cooperation Programme between Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tajikistan
  • Joint Declaration on Next Steps in Building Strategic Partnership for Regional Solidarity and Integration

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During the briefing on Wednesday, the premier said that the connectivity offered by Gwadar would further lead to strengthening of trade ties in areas such as education and culture.

The premier said that peace in Afghanistan was "very important" for trade and connectivity with Tajikistan to increase. He said both countries shared a concern over Afghanistan delving back into instability with no political settlement after the withdrawal of US forces.

"Our trade will be affected because of [decreased] connectivity if anarchy spreads there and second we fear that terrorism will increase," he said, adding that both leaders had discussed in their meeting to push for a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.

The second major issue they had discussed was of climate change and global warming since they posed a common threat to Tajikistan and Pakistan due to the two countries depending on glaciers for their water supply, said Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"If the whole world doesn't act on global warming then upcoming generations of both countries will be in danger so we have decided to further raise our voice on climate change."

The Tajik president also noted the measures taken by his country to combat climate change and preserve glaciers such as calling for declaring 2025 as the "International Year of Glaciers Preservation" to which Prime Minister Imran Khan also affirmed Pakistan's support.

Speaking on other regional issues, Prime Minister Imran stressed that the potential of the whole area could only be fully reached when there was peace in the region, pointing to Pakistan's relations with India.

He reiterated in line with comments he made previously that Pakistan could not normalise its relations with India until it revoked its actions of August 5, 2019 in Indian-occupied Kashmir which had stripped it of its special status.

"If our relations don't improve then the loss from this will be to India, Pakistan and the whole of Central Asia because the whole region can be connected," he said, adding that if relations with India were normalised then Pakistan stood at a "pivotal place" to connect the whole region.


Rising Islamophobia

The two leaders also discussed issues surrounding Islamophobia and the reasons why it continued to spread. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and linking Islam with terrorism were the main reasons for its spread.

The premier also specifically pointed to the MOU signed between the NAB and Tajikistan's corruption bureau as "very important" because he said there was a need to raise a voice against money laundering and illicit financial flows from countries like Pakistan and Tajikistan.

The Tajik president, meanwhile, said that Wednesday talks had been held in a very "friendly atmosphere" and Tajikistan was satisfied with the outcome of the negotiations. "Tajikistan recognises the friendly country of Pakistan as a reliable and trustworthy partner on the international stage," he said.

He added that the signed MOUs would strengthen the legal framework of bilateral relations between the two countries and also discussed how cooperation could be increased in investment, trade, agriculture, connectivity and healthcare.
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Tajikistan could be an asset for Pakistan as an ally. They are crafty despite being a small country.. They also have good intelligence gathering which is second to none. Arming them is right course of action..

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Depends on how much Tajikistan wants to buy but giving as much as they want is key..
 
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I knew it. I said it a month ago when the Tajiki delegation visited PK and they didn't only come for Weapons purchase but they also came for defense treaty with Pakistan imo and to come under the nuclear umbrella for their own long term safety.. The turkic states have the turkic council and they suddenly felt alone in the region and there was only one way to go that was Pakistan
Defence Treaty, sure. Pakistan will sell them whatever weapons it produces, that's not an issue.

Nuclear Umbrella, HELL NO. Pakistan's nuclear umbrella only extends to Pakistan and keep Pakistanis and our lands safe. This does not extend to anyone else. Our Special Strategic Forces that operate our nuclear weapons are armed and trained to fight India and no one else.
 

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how do you know? Any evidence to support this claim?
I follow all the militants and other accounts on various platforms

I am yet to see a single dead body of any terrorist that was killed in this encounter

As I said. It was a lie. We wouldn't have lost 10 soldiers in the first place if terrorists were getting killed too
Your trolling is brain-dead
I am done with incompetence of military and civilian establishment of this country
 

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I knew it. I said it a month ago when the Tajiki delegation visited PK and they didn't only come for Weapons purchase but they also came for defense treaty with Pakistan imo and to come under the nuclear umbrella for their own long term safety.. The turkic states have the turkic council and they suddenly felt alone in the region and there was only one way to go that was Pakistan
Lol, wtf????? Even knw what nuclear umbrella mean?
 

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Defence Treaty, sure. Pakistan will sell them whatever weapons it produces, that's not an issue.

Nuclear Umbrella, HELL NO. Pakistan's nuclear umbrella only extends to Pakistan and keep Pakistanis and our lands safe. This does not extend to anyone else. Our Special Strategic Forces that operate our nuclear weapons are armed and trained to fight India and no one else.
This is not true. Pakistan's nuclear Umbrella is covering others aside from Pakistan as we speak but that is another topic for another day.. As for this defense treaties include Nuclear Umbrella because if you have defense treaty with someone they automatically come under your nuclear Umbrella.. The key element is defense treaty..
 

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I follow all the militants and other accounts on various platforms

I am yet to see a single dead body of any terrorist that was killed in this encounter

As I said. It was a lie. We wouldn't have lost 10 soldiers in the first place if terrorists were getting killed too


I am done with incompetence of military and civilian establishment of this country
You are becoming bitter mate and slowly projecting that bitterness to the entire security apparatus of Pakistan, FC left hanging is policy of Bajwa, that man alone is reponsible for the ressurgance of terrorism and inaction in Balochistan. During Raheel era, Balochistan insurgency was all but over, inaction doesnt mean lack of capacity, our capacity was showcased in Feburary when we publicaly shamed one of the so called strongest airforce infront of the entire world.
 

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You are becoming bitter mate and slowly projecting that bitterness to the entire security apparatus of Pakistan, FC left hanging is policy of Bajwa, that man alone is reponsible for the ressurgance of terrorism and inaction in Balochistan. During Raheel era, Balochistan insurgency was all but over, inaction doesnt mean lack of capacity, our capacity was showcased in Feburary when we publicaly shamed one of the so called strongest airforce infront of the entire world.
That guy is dengerous his lowkey calling for a genocide on Balochistan due to a minor incident and he wants the Gov't to lay down the pipe on one of it's provinces which is not gonna happen. The insurgence will be crushed without laying down the pipe. Balochistan is a flat terrain as far as I recall they won't be a chellenge compared to TTP these were legit chellenge back in the day.. Baloch insurgency is nationalistic and weak compared to TTP that was fuelled by spiritual euphoria and much tougher terrain but PK overcame them
 
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This is not true. Pakistan's nuclear Umbrella is covering others aside from Pakistan as we speak but that is another topic for another day.. As for this defense treaties include Nuclear Umbrella because if you have defense treaty with someone they automatically come under your nuclear Umbrella.. The key element is defense treaty..
What countries are under Pakistan's "nuclear umbrella"?
 

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday stressed the need to improve defence ties with Tajikistan, as the two countries signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) for cooperation in various sectors, including the sale of Pakistan-manufactured arms to the Central Asian country.

The MOUs were signed on the occasion of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's visit to Pakistan, who earlier arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit and was received at the Prime Minister House where he was given a guard of honour.

Addressing a joint press conference at the Prime Minister's Office with the Tajik president after their one-on-one meeting and a ceremony where various MOUs were signed, the premier said: "It is very important to improve our defence ties".

He added that the two leaders had also "discussed and signed MOUs on how to meet Tajikistan's requirement for the kind of weapons that Pakistan makes."

The prime minister said that in his meeting with the Tajik president, they had discussed a range of topics and the chambers of the two countries had signed agreements that would improve "our trade ties".

Excellent increasing influence in the STAN countries with whom we have natural synergy with.
 

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You are becoming bitter mate and slowly projecting that bitterness to the entire security apparatus of Pakistan, FC left hanging is policy of Bajwa, that man alone is reponsible for the ressurgance of terrorism and inaction in Balochistan. During Raheel era, Balochistan insurgency was all but over, inaction doesnt mean lack of capacity, our capacity was showcased in Feburary when we publicaly shamed one of the so called strongest airforce infront of the entire world.
we have lost 10 soldiers. And I am pretty sure this wouldn't be the last time

I have every reason to be bitter
 

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we have lost 10 soldiers. And I am pretty sure this wouldn't be the last time

I have every reason to be bitter
Bro can we leave this on the thread for it, and you know how I feel about it i.e. very angry. Thanks.
 

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