Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting for 45 minutes in the Kazhiskistan capital Asdtana, was not just a happy augury, neither was it an ordinary development, or something that could be dismissed lightly.
It was a huge, huge development, enormous in fact building high hopes can well be dangerous, but for quite sometime Russia and Pakistan, have been involved in building new bridges of mutual understanding, closer political ties, and cementing economic and defence relationship.
They could have achieved this goal much earlier, but a scheduled visit to Pakistan of President Putin was cancelled in the last minute, and visit to Moscow and St Petersburg of a couple of Pakistani journalist was suddenly shot down
Luckily for both countries, neither of these developments could generate negative tendencies. Murmurs were heard in some circles as to why Putting had put off his visit to Pakistan last year, but they died sooner than anticipated.
Pakistan and Russia has a history of strong and powerful relationship, starting from the signing of the Oil and Gas agreement in the 60s,when late Mr Bhutto was minister for Petroleum, As foreign minister and later as prime minister, he worked hard to liberate the country from American pressure of treating former Soviet Union, and Peoples Republic of China as taboos for a country, which because of its geographical locations, both as extension of the Middle-East, and in the south east when former East Pakistan was with us.