Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan visits Pakistan, meets with top Political and Military Leadership

During the official visit, Lieutenant-General Marat Khussainov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, accompanied by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin, met Dr.Arif Alvi – the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, General Nadim Raza – the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staffs Committee, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army.

The sides discussed the main issues of military cooperation between Kazakhstan and Pakistan, both in a bilateral format and within the framework of the UN.


During the briefings, the regional situation, the issues of cooperation in the field of combat training, military education and training, joint deployment of a military field hospital under the flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan in one of the UN missions in Africa were discussed.


During the visit, meetings were also held with the Commanders-in-Chief of the Naval Forces, the Air Force, and the command of Special Operation Forces.


The Kazakh delegation visited the National Defense University, got acquainted with the activities of the Center for International Peace and Stability of Pakistan (CIPS). During the visit, the delegation also visited the Organization for the Promotion of Defense Exports (DEPO) to get acquainted with the products of the military-industrial complex of Pakistan.


The military cooperation between Kazakhstan and Pakistan is conducted on a planned basis. The defense departments of the two countries have established cooperation in the field of military education, combat training, and peacekeeping.


Over the years of bilateral cooperation, about 60 Kazakhstani servicemen have got course training program in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Pakistan Highly Values Its Bilateral Ties With Kazakhstan: President Alvi


Welcoming the delegation, President Alvi said that Pakistan highly valued its ties with Kazakhstan and wanted to further expand bilateral cooperation in various areas of mutual interest. He highlighted that tremendous opportunities of cooperation existed between the two countries which needed to be capitalized upon for the mutual benefit of the two sides. He said that Gwadar port offered enormous opportunities to Kazakhstan for promoting trade with Middle East and other countries of the world.


Expressing concern over the human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the President said that India was involved in the genocide of the Muslims and its belligerent attitude posed threat to regional peace and stability. He urged that the international community should play a positive role to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. He informed that the incidents of Uranium smuggling and the firing of missile into Pakistani territory showed the irresponsible behaviour of India and the international community should take note of the Indian behaviour.


The visiting Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan underlined the need for enhanced defence and economic cooperation between the two countries. He appreciated the preparedness of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, which had played important role in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

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