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Pakistan and Tajikistan waive visa requirements for official passport holders

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif revealed that Pakistan and Tajikistan have mutually waived visa requirements for official passport holders.

In a landmark announcement during his official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif revealed that Pakistan and Tajikistan have mutually waived visa requirements for official passport holders. This pivotal development signifies a new chapter in the bilateral relations between the two nations.

Warm Welcome and Strategic Discussions

Arriving in Dushanbe for a two-day visit, Prime Minister Shehbaz was warmly received by Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon at the Qasr-e-Millat, the presidential palace. During a press conference, PM Shehbaz emphasized that the newly signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between Islamabad and Dushanbe would strengthen ties across various sectors including trade, agriculture, health, education, and investment.

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Enhancing Connectivity and Trade

Prime Minister Shehbaz expressed his commitment to enhancing connectivity between Pakistan and Tajikistan through expanded rail and road networks. He aims to integrate these networks into the broader trade corridor connecting China, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. Highlighting the ongoing transport of goods from Karachi to Tajikistan via Afghanistan, he emphasized the potential for increased economic cooperation.

Addressing Terrorism

Addressing the shared challenge of terrorism, PM Shehbaz acknowledged the struggles both countries face and emphasized Pakistan’s efforts in combating terrorism. He stressed the importance of joint initiatives with Tajikistan to counter this threat effectively. “Pakistan has made significant sacrifices in the war against terrorism,” he noted, reaffirming the need for collaboration.

Regional Peace and Renewable Energy

Speaking on regional peace, Prime Minister Shehbaz emphasized its crucial role in fostering prosperity. He expressed optimism about the CASA-1000 project, set to conclude next year, which aims to boost renewable energy infrastructure in the region. This project is expected to enhance energy cooperation and provide a reliable energy supply to both nations.

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In addition to discussing regional issues, PM Shehbaz voiced solidarity with global concerns, including the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the conflict in Ukraine. He affirmed Pakistan’s support for the Palestinian people’s right to freedom. The Gaza Health Ministry revealed that since October 7, at least 37,925 Palestinians have been killed and 87,141 injured in the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.