The Pakistani government has restated its commitment to sell military equipment to Nigerian government to enable them root out insurgency in the country. The Ambassador of Pakistan to Nigeria, Agha Muhammed Umar Farouq, who said his country would not relent in its effort at assisting Nigeria, said Nigeria-Pakistan relationship dated back to 1961.The envoy spoke in an interview during the Pakistani Food/Cultural Bazaar organised at the embassy in Abuja.
In his words, “We have a very sizable, tangible military cooperation that lasts every year when Boko Haram became very hot. Pakistan’s Air Force and Pakistan military have been actively cooperating, even today; Pakistan pilots are helping Nigerian Air Force. Furthermore he said, “We have technicians, we are providing ammunitions and we are providing all the technical support to enable the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian military to be able to defeat Boko Haram. And I am very proud to say that Nigeria has done it and the credit goes to Nigeria,”
Farouq, who stressed that his country would continue to provide not only military training and equipment to Nigeria, added that Pakistan would also continue to provide scholarship to students and ensure a open-door visa policy for Nigerians. He said the bilateral relations between the two countries are strong as this could be seen in areas of agriculture, airline services, among others. The relationship between Nigeria and Pakistan is not based on trade and business only. It is based on those ethics and values which both countries stand for.
The envoy, who said that the cultural event has been celebrated over the year, pointed out that the occasion would go a long way to deepening cultural ties with Nigeria.