DUSHANBE  - President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday said that in the post-2014 geo-strategic scenario after drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan it was important that Pakistan and Tajikistan should have developed closer cooperation in all fields, particularly in the areas of defence, security and intelligence and proposed that the interior ministers should meet regularly and more often for this purpose.
The proposal was mooted and instantly accepted by Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon during a meeting between the two leaders soon after President Zardari arrived from Islamabad on a two-day visit to this Central Asian state which is separated from Pakistan only by a narrow strip of few kilometers in Wakhan in Afghanistan. It was decided that modalities for the meetings between the interior ministers would be worked out during the current visit. Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that soon after the arrival President Zardari drove straight to inaugurate the National Bank branch in Dushanbe describing it as a step to further cement business and trade relations before holding a one-on-one and a delegation level meeting with President Rahmon.
Meanwhile, President Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai. The three are due to sit down with their Tajik host Emomali Rahmon on Sunday while a top US official is also due to meet diplomats from Pakistan and Afghanistan to discuss the outcome of Karzai’s February visit to Islamabad.