Indonesia – Pakistan Relationship: Challenge and Opportunity

Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 16:13 WIB

public lecture

ICRS in collaboration with Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Jakarta, organized an Ambassadorial Lecture on Thursday, 14 February 2019. The main speaker of this event was H.E. Abdul Salik Khan, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Republic of Indonesia. In this occassion, H.E. Abdul Salik Khan laid out the cordial relationship between the two countries that has been established right after the World War II. After the long period of bilateral cooperation, both countries realized the sharing histories, values and other concerns. Mr. Ambassador emphasized that some cohesive factors become the opportunity to strengthen the relationship and collaboration, such as the Muslims population, the engagement in International Organizations (Indonesia and Pakistan are the member of United Nations, D-8, OIC and also Non-Alignment Movement/NAM), and also the narrative of the struggle for independence. 

Furthermore, Mr. Ambassador explicated the challenges both countries encountered such as poverty, terrorism, disintegration and potential of ethnic and religious fragmentation. Those are issues invited the two countries to have stronger cooperation. In the international relationship, Pakistan was actively supporting Indonesia to become a non-permanent member of the United Nation Security Council for 2019-2020 round. Both countries also intensify collaboration in economic sector, specifically in trade and investment, to address the issues of poverty. In 2012, both countries have signed the Preferential Tariff Agreement (PTA) that become the main foundation for economic cooperation and expectedly to improve the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the future. In politics and security sector, Pakistan is a strategic Indonesian partner in countering terrorism issue and trans-national organized crime.