SWITZERLAND - PAKISTAN RELATIONS

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Switzerland recognized the independence of Pakistan when it was proclaimed in 1947. Diplomatic relations were begun in 1949. In 1966 the two countries signed a technical cooperation agreement, supplemented in 1975 by an agreement on disaster relief. After Pakistan had been designated a priority country for development cooperation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) opened a Cooperation Office in Islamabad, in 1977.

During the conflict over Bangladesh between India and Pakistan (1971–76) Switzerland represented the interests of both sides. In the 1970s and 1980s the Confederation concluded various rescheduling agreements with Pakistan

Switzerland is concerned mainly with poverty reduction and providing support to particularly disadvantaged segments of the population while promoting conflict resolution and governance at the local level.

Swiss Humanitarian Aid runs a programme for victims of the flooding that occurred in the Summer of 2010, the severest natural disaster in Pakistan’s history. The Confederation provided emergency relief and also organised aid to cover the Winter period. Support is also being provided for the rebuilding of schools and water infrastructure as well the improvement of living conditions for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Pakistan ceased being a Swiss priority country in 2011, development cooperation projects being either delegated to local partners, terminated or integrated in the Hindu Kush regional programme.