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The Pakistan Council on Foreign Relations (PCFR), a prominent Karachi-based think tank, recently organized an insightful session on the topic of “Pakistan-Russian Relations and Russia’s Role in the Evolving Global Dynamics.”

This interactive event featured distinguished speakers, Ambassador Danila V. Ganich from the Russian Federation and Ambassador Qazi M. Khalilullah, a former Ambassador of Pakistan to Russia. The session provided a platform to explore the deepening connections between Pakistan and Russia and their significance in the ever-changing global landscape.


The Role of Russia in Global Dynamics


In his opening remarks, Zubair Tufail, the CO-Chief Patron of PCFR, underscored Russia’s enduring status as a major global power. This distinction is attributed to several factors, including Russia’s vast geographical expanse, abundant energy resources, advanced nuclear capabilities, and its permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council. Given these unique attributes, Russia plays a pivotal role in shaping the evolving global dynamics of the contemporary era.


Mutual Respect and Trust: The Foundation of Pakistan-Russia Relations


Ambassador Khalilullah, a seasoned diplomat who served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia, emphasized the foundation of mutual respect and trust that underpins the relationship between Pakistan and Russia. These values have provided a strong basis for bilateral cooperation, resulting in high-level military exchanges, trade agreements in the energy sector, and collaborations on food security. Ambassador Khalilullah also acknowledged the supportive environment fostered by Russia, which has furthered the mutual interests of both nations.


The Afghan Crisis: A Call for Russian Involvement


Ambassador Khalilullah addressed the ongoing crisis and instability in Afghanistan and called for greater Russian involvement in efforts to broker peace and promote economic cooperation. He highlighted potential areas of collaboration, particularly in the fields of liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and electricity. These sectors present opportunities for economic growth and stability in the region.


Russia’s Willingness for Collaboration


Ambassador Danila Ganich, representing the Russian Federation, acknowledged the organic development of positive relations between Russia and Pakistan. In response to a question, Ambassador Ganich affirmed Russia’s readiness for collaboration and equal partnership to achieve mutual benefits. He urged the Pakistani government to take an active role in economic cooperation initiatives and establish independent payment structures, thereby enhancing bilateral ties.


A Call for Ceasefire and Humanitarian Aid


Ambassador Ganich expressed concern over the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli government in its actions against Palestinian civilians. He reiterated Russia’s call for an immediate ceasefire and the provision of humanitarian assistance to those affected by the conflict. Russia’s commitment to peace and its call for humanitarian aid underscore its role as a responsible global player.


Promoting Full Potential in Pakistan-Russia Relations


In his concluding remarks, Ambassador Hasan Habib, Chairman of PCFR, commended Ambassador Ganich’s valuable insights. He expressed optimism that Pakistan and Russia would continue to develop their relations to their full potential, leading to mutual benefits for both nations. The event concluded with Ahsan Mukhtar Zubairi, Secretary General of PCFR, presenting souvenirs to the esteemed guests.




The interactive session hosted by the Pakistan Council on Foreign Relations provided a platform for insightful discussions on the strengthening relations between Pakistan and Russia. Both countries share a foundation of mutual respect and trust, allowing for fruitful collaborations in various sectors, including energy, trade, and diplomacy. Russia’s involvement in addressing regional challenges, such as the Afghan crisis, presents opportunities for peace and economic growth. The call for ceasefire and humanitarian assistance in response to international conflicts highlights Russia’s commitment to global peace and stability. As Pakistan and Russia continue to explore the potential of their partnership, the world watches in anticipation of the positive impact their relations may have on the evolving global dynamics.

Abu Bakr Alvi
Abu Bakr Alvi
Mr. Abu Bakr Alvi, Senior Journalist Based in Faisalabad

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