The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Pakistani Senate has passed a resolution extending its support for Azerbaijan over the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The resolution came prior to the departure of a six-member Pakistani parliamentary delegation to Baku for observing the presidential election to be held in Azerbaijan on October 9.
In its resolution, the Senate Committee thanked the Azeri government for supporting Pakistan on the decades-old Kashmir dispute. It also condemned the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh by neighbouring Armenia.
The Pakistani parliamentary delegation will include six MPs from six political parties. They are ANP’s Senator Haji Adeel, PML-Q’s Senator Mushahid Hussain, PPP’s Senator Jahangir Badar, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb and Senators Sughra Imam, Sabir Baloch and Tahir Mashadi.
The Senate Committe’s chairman, Senator Haji Adeel, said Azerbaijan was one of Pakistan’s closest friends. “The Pakistani mission will play an important role in observing the election – a move aimed at contributing its input to strengthening democracy in the friendly country,” he added.
Senator Mushahid Hussain said the Pakistani mission was one of the largest missions among international election observers.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20% of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognised territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh./AzerTAg/