On Monday, 9 July, the Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Pakistan, jointly with the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Islamabad hosted an interactive session on “Turkmenistan – Heart of the Great Silk Road.”
The purpose of the discussion was to introduce representatives of the academic community to the key role that belongs to Turkmenistan in the development of ancient trade communications.
Vice-President of the CGSS Hafiz Masroor Ahmed, who chaired the meeting, noted that today Turkmenistan and Pakistan have established sincere relations, which are characterized by ties of historical, cultural and religious proximity and mutual respect.
– Both sides attach great importance to the friendship between their people and the need to further strengthen their cooperation in diverse fields, he added.
In turn, the Turkmen Ambassador Atajan Movlamov told the audience about the progress achieved by Turkmenistan, noting that the leitmotif of this year “Turkmenistan – Heart of the Great Silk Road” fully reflects the concept of modern development of the country, based on centuries-old historical experience, cultural traditions, rich spiritual heritage and human values. And in this context, special attention is paid to the promotion of the phenomenon of the Great Silk Road as a factor connecting peoples and cultures.
The next speaker, expert on CIS countries, Dr. Mehmood ul-Hassan Khan covered in his speech the main directions of energy policy of Turkmenistan, noting its focus on the creation of a stable structure of global energy security, which is confirmed by the gas pipeline project Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India (TAPI).
The fact that Turkmenistan, possessing the fourth-largest natural gas reserves, is eager to put its unlimited energy resource potential in the service of humanity, pursuing the course based on the principles of modernization of fuel and energy complex and diversification of energy supplies to world markets, was also emphasized.
The session was continued by the founder and president of the Society of Asian Civilizations Dr. Zulfiqar Qureshi, who prepared a speech on the life of Merv – one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, which played the role of an important trade and economic hub of the Silk Road.
Azat Satlykuliyev, second secretary of the Turkmen Embassy, made a presentation on richness territory of Turkmenistan with unique architectural masterpieces, which were important stops on the ancient trade route. The audience learned about the caravan routes stretching in the middle ages from China through Turkmenistan to the Middle East via such ancient sites as Amul, Merv, Serakhs, Abiverd, Nisa, Dehistan, Kunyaurgench, Zemm.
The participants of the meeting showed keen interest in information about the prospects of the tourism industry in modern Turkmenistan and the upcoming international rally “Amul-Khazar 2018”.
Undoubtedly, the expert dialogue held in Islamabad will contribute to the strengthening of Turkmen-Pakistani relations.