Pakistan not to restore ties with Armenia unless it withdraws from Karabakh

Fri 11 Jan 2013 04:00 GMT | 08:00 Local Time

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News.Az interviews vice president of the International University in Reefs (Pakistan), professor Anis Ahmed.

You paid a visit to Azerbaijan as part of participation in the Baku international humanitarian forum in October of the last year. What were your impressions of this visit?

The memories about the visit to Azerbaijan are still fresh. And it is not by accident since me and the rest numerous participants of the International Humanitarian Forum in Baku was shown an extremely warm reception. I was surrounded with brotherly kindred and attention since the first day of my visit in your wonderful city.

The problem of occupation of part of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia is likely to be the only serious problem in the development of Azerbaijan. Official Baku supports Islamabad in the resolution of the Kashmir problem. What can you say about Pakistan’s attitude to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict?

I want to note that Pakistan always supported Azerbaijan in all issues related to Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

Does the Pakistani community, particularly, the expert community, share this position of the official authorities of their country?

Certainly, this position reflects the feelings of every Pakistani citizen.

By the way, Pakistan still has no diplomatic relations with Armenia, saying that it will continue unless Armenia ceases occupation of part of Azerbaijani lands. Can this position change, for example, in case a new leadership comes to power in Pakistan?

No. I do not expect that a new leadership in Pakistan may change our policy on Armenia.

Azerbaijan and Pakistan are the active participants of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. What do you think should be taken for raising the effectiveness of this organization?

The scope of the Organization for Islamic Conference must further be expanded, in particular, we need to further strengthen contacts in the sphere of education.





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