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Nepal-Pakistan Relations Going Strength To Strength

26 March, 2016

                                                                                                                  -         Dr. Manju Ratna Sakya

General Secretary

Nepal-Pakistan Friendship & Cultural Association

 

Located in South Asia, Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the sixth-most populous country and the 36th largest country in terms of area in the world. It is a home to several ancient cultures and civilizations, including the Indus Valley Civilization. The people of different faiths and cultures such as Hindus, Indo-Greeks, Muslims, Afghans and Sikhs ruled its territory in different periods of history. The Pakistan Movement, spearheaded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, gave birth to the present Pakistan in 1947. As a Muslim majority nation, Pakistan adopted a new constitution in 1956. Despite occasional hiccups, Pakistan’s democracy has gone from strength and strength. The civilian government has earned public trust and has strained every nerve to tame terrorism that has been roiling it for some years. It is making remarkable strides in economic and technical realms. As a nuclear power, Pakistan holds leverage in political, economic and security spheres in South Asia.  It is an important member of SAARC and has been playing a significant role for the regional integration and cooperation.

 

Scientific Feats

 

In the field of science and technology, it has obtained remarkable achievements. This has boosted its infrastructure development and bolstered national security. Scientists from around the world visit Pakistan to participate in the International Nathiagali Summer College on Physics. Pakistani theoretical physicist Abdus Salam won a Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the electroweak interaction. In chemistry, Salimuzzaman Siddiqui was the first Pakistani scientist to bring the therapeutic constituents of the neem tree to the attention of natural products chemists. Pakistani neurosurgeon Ayub Ommaya invented the Ommaya reservoir, a system for treatment of brain tumours and other brain conditions. These are a few examples that show scientific and medical feats of Pakistan. In the field of information of technology, it is making headway. It has the 27th  largest population of internet users in the world. Pakistan spends around 4.6 billion on IT projects and put emphasis on e-government, human resource and infrastructure development. Its breakthrough in the field of science, technology, construction and economic development is inspirational for all its friendly nations, including Nepal.

 

Excellent Ties

 

It is heartening to note that Nepal and Pakistan have been enjoying excellent relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them in 1960. Pakistan is an Islamic republic while Nepal is primarily a Hindu-dominated republic. But, this religious factor does not come in the way of deepening the ties between the two nations. Like Pakistan, Nepal also suffered from coups d’état in different times to smother democratic aspirations of the people. But, they had been successful in overcoming threat to democracy and taking its fruits to the grassroots. Now Pakistan is a true and trustworthy friend of Nepal. A real friend is one, who helps his/her friend in crisis. A true friend never pays lip service to his/her intimate pals but lives up to his/her commitment, promises and bonds. And Pakistan is a tested friend that always stood by the side of Nepal when the latter is in difficulty and dilemma. There are remarkable instances to prove this fact.

 

Solidarity with Nepalese

 

When Nepal was jolted by the devastating earthquake in April last year, Pakistan was one of the first nations to swing into action to help Nepal. The Pakistani Prime Minister immediately called his Nepali counterpart over telephone and showed his genuine sympathy, solidarity and support to Nepal at the moment of unimaginable natural calamity. Pakistan dispatched its doctors, logistical items and other essentials to heal the wounds of Nepalese without delay. This kindly support was incomparable and marked the true affinity of Pakistan with Nepal. Many decades ago when Nepal decided to launch its air services, it hit a roadblock. It had both planes and pilots but not the trained and experienced pilots. Nepal requested many nations to train it pilots but to little avail. It is only Pakistan that came out to lend its helping hand to Nepal. About 90 fresh pilots were sent to Pakistan for the training and they returned home with the practical insights and know-how on the operation of the aircrafts. This enabled the Nepalese national flag carrier for its historic take-off. This cooperation marked an initial yet strong gesture on the part of Pakistan to grow Nepal-Pakistan ties on the solid foundation. Today Nepal-Pakistan relations have attained new heights with significant gains in the field of diplomatic, cultural, educational and trade arenas. Our relations are unique and based on mutual and deeper understanding, cooperation and friendship.

 

Our relation is going strength to strength. It is not limited to the government level. The people to people ties are increasing. With a view to further cement the bilateral ties and expand them to the people’s level, the Nepal-Pakistan Friendship and Cultural Association was formed in 1961. Since then, a large number of activities were conducted by the Association to boost the bilateral bonhomie. It has been organizing free health camps for the needy people. The visiting patients get health medical check-ups and necessary medicines free of cost. The striking part of the camp was that it was conducted by those doctors who studied in Pakistan under its scholarship scheme. We thought that it was a very original idea to engage them in the philanthropic act. The camp pulled a large number of people and greatly benefited from it. We believe such a charitable deed enhances affinity between Nepal and Pakistan.

 

Long Live Nepal-Pakistan Friendship  

 

Nepal-Pakistan Friendship & Cultural Association is organizing  Free Medical Camps by Nepalese Doctors who graduated from Pakistan at Paropakar High School, Kathmandu and Dapcha of Dhulikhel outside the Kathmandu Valley  to provide free medical services to the people affected the earthquake as well as to the old, poor and depressed people of that areas. We seek to engage Nepali doctors graduated from Pakistan. H.E. Pakistani Ambassador to Nepal has kindly consented to inaugurate and grace the camps. I think it is a humble and good way to consolidate Nepal-Pakistan relations at the people’s level.

 

Long live  Nepal-Pakistan friendship !

 

# Dr. Sakya is also the President of Nepal Journalists Association.