Canada–Pakistan relations

Pakistani-Canadian relations

Pakistan

Canada

Canada–Pakistan relations refer to relations between Canada and Pakistan. Canada is represented through its High Commission in Islamabad as well as consulates in Karachi and Lahore, and Pakistan is represented through its High Commission in Ottawa as well as Consulates-General in Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver. Both countries are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

According to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, 11% of Canadians view Pakistan's influence positively, with 72% expressing a negative view. However, Pakistani views of Canada are much more divided, with 27% viewing Canada positively and 29% viewing Canada negatively.[1]

History

Canada and Pakistan established bilateral relations shortly after Pakistan's independence from British rule. Canada was also one of the first few countries to provide United Nations peacekeeping in the volatile region of Kashmir going back as far as 1949.[2]

Migration

Migration to Canada from Pakistan has a long history and began as far back when the region was still under British rule. Figures from the 2006 Canadian Census from StatsCan indicate that there are about 124,000 Canadians who claim Pakistani ancestry.[3] There are, however, sources which show the data may be inaccurate and is likely to be more than double this figure. With some sources estimating that the Pakistani Canadian population may be as high as 250,000[4] and the Canadian Government quoting a figure of over 300,000,[5][6] adding that "they continue to make significant contributions to the prosperity and multi-cultural fabric of Canada."[5]

Modern bilateral relations

Canada considers Pakistan an important player and helper in the war against terrorism in the region. The two countries continue to exchange intelligence on essential matters.[7]

In October 2017, Joshua Boyle and his family are rescued by Pakistani forces in Kurram valley. The family had been kidnapped by the Taliban nearly 5 years ago.[8]

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