The Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-ordinates and oversees Pakistan’s international relations. The guiding principles of its foreign policy are based on the international norms of non-intervention, respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of all states.
Pakistan’s foreign policy is also expected to reflect the principles and aspirations of its citizens. It aims to consolidate Pakistan’s commercial interests, develop friendly relations with all countries, safeguard its geo-strategic interests, and the project Pakistan as a dynamic and moderate Islamic country.
Pakistan enjoys good bilateral relationships with many countries, and is host to many embassies and high commissions from around the world.
There are around 80 embassies and high commissions to Pakistan located in Islamabad. There are also deputy high commissions and consulate generals that assist with consular services – including help with documentation and aiding nationals in distress.
These missions in Pakistan undertake many projects, such as the Danish embassy’s organisation of disaster relief and development assistance. Similarly, the British Deputy High Commission directs the UK Trade & Investment Office that aims to improve Pakistani-British business relations and trade.
Pakistan is represented around the world by a network of embassies, high commissions and consulates in almost 100 countries worldwide. These missions work to consolidate Pakistan’s political and commercial interests and develop friendly relations. The network also provides information on consular matters and assists with documentation and travel advice.
Pakistan has established permanent missions to the UN in New York and Geneva, and has been an active member since its inclusion in 1947. These missions are tasked with acting on the country’s policies of peace building, human rights and reform.