How Pakistan-Backed Azerbaijan Is Confronting India-Backed Armenia?

There are no diplomatic relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan mainly due to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Armenia and Azerbaijan had formal governmental relations between 1918 and 1921, during their brief independence from the Russian Empire, as the First Republic of Armenia and the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan; these relations existed from the period after the Russian Revolution until they were annexed by the USSR.

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Pakistan-Azerbaijan relations are very healthy especially in the field of military cooperation. Pakistan was the second country to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence after Turkey on December 12, 1991.

In the early years of independence, the progress of military relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan were limited due to the social and economic problems which Azerbaijan faced that time.

However, after Azerbaijan gains domestic political stability and economic development, friendly and allied relations with Pakistan reached to military co-operation.

In particular, “April Four Day War” between Azerbaijan and Armenia in 2016 once again showed that Azerbaijan and Pakistan are not just allies, but also fraternal countries. The first reaction to the April wars was given by the Defence Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 3 April.

The Pakistani Defence Ministry “Pakistan Defence” page shared “Pakistani people support Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh region belongs Azerbaijan”

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Chairman of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who attended the first meeting of parliamentary speakers in the Russian capital, said that “If there is no other way of solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, we are ready to support friendly country anyway.

The Pakistani army’s troops are not involved in military operations in other countries. But with the consent of the government, the Pakistani military does not spare support for the friendly countries.”

It is also known that Pakistan has prepared its 80,000 troops ready to support Azerbaijan. This fact was highly appreciated by the Azerbaijani leadership and led to the further development of cooperation with Pakistan. As a result, military cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan began to experience its “golden age.”

Member of the Azerbaijani National Assembly, Tahir Rzayev commented on India’s arms sales to Armenia, saying that “if Armenia has India, Azerbaijan has Pakistan.” This statement helps to analyze the existing relations.

Historic moment bounded two brother country suffers from violence. Highly appreciating Pakistan’s support after the April wars, Azerbaijan has decided to see more Pakistani weapons in its military arsenal.

This decision also affected the tension between Azerbaijan and Russia after the April wars. Azerbaijan and Pakistan entered a new era of military cooperation after the April wars.

Pakistan and Azerbaijan are in the phase of negotiation for the purchase of JF-17 Thunder” and “Super Mushshak” jet fighters from Pakistan. “Super Mushshak” is an upgraded version of Saab’s while JF17 Thunder fighter is an alternative to Su-24 for Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, according to the agreement signed between Russia and Armenia, at the initial stage 8, then 12 Su-24 fighters will be sold to Armenia. That’s why Azerbaijan has focused attention on the JF17 produced by Pakistan.

On March 22, 2019, the delegation of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which was on a visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, met the President of the country, Arif Alvi and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Armed Forces of the Pakistan Islamic Republic General Zubair Mahmud Hayat.

During the meetings, the sides discussed military, political, economic and other issues, an agreement on enhancing of military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan was signed. This agreement will enable Azerbaijan to receive new weapons from Pakistan and intensify its military cooperation in the near future.

Military parade of Pakistan’s Armed Forces was held on March 23 in Islamabad. Along with the Pakistan Army units in the parade, Azerbaijani Army units also attended. When the infantry unit of Azerbaijani Army crosses the tribune, the delegations of Pakistani government stood up and greeted.

The speaker of the Parade in the Azerbaijani language “Long live Azerbaijan! Long live Azerbaijan – Pakistan friendship! “.