ISLAMABAD: The speakers at a seminar on Thursday emphasized on enhancing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia and argued that there was huge potential of cooperation between both countries in the fields of defence, energy, infrastructure, security enhancement and narcotics control and regional stability.
The seminar was organized by Muslim institute on “Prospects of Pak-Russia bilateral relations”.
The purpose of seminar was to delve into and explore different aspects and avenues of mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Russia that share same region.
Former Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Akram Zaki was the chief guest on the occasion.
Air Marshal (R) Masood Akhtar, Chairman, Muslim Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, Head of Department, International Relations, National Defence University (NDU), Dr.Muhammad Khan and First Secretary in Russian Embassy in Islamabad, Anton Chernov spoke on the occasion.
The speakers were of the view that there had been many missed opportunities in the past for establishing cordial and strong bilateral relations between the two countries; however there do exist sporadic episodes in the past of mutual cooperation in multiple sectors.
Both the countries can benefit from each other in various sectors, adding, Pakistan can benefit from Russia from its technical breakthroughs and advancement in space, military and civilian technology; oil and precious minerals and metal exploration, their subsequent mining, extraction and processing and refinement.
Pakistan on the other hand, is an excellent source of raw materials, agricultural produce, cheap skilled, unskilled and technical manpower, finished and unfinished textile and leather products.
People to people contact between two nations can bring lot of new avenues of mutual benefits as well as cultural exchange.
However speakers added that the Pak-Russia relations should not be on cost of relations with any other country’s regional cooperation.
Foreign delegates, intellectuals, researchers, politicians, parliamentarians, academicians, students and journalists participated.