Despite geographic limitations and Nepal’s geo-political compulsions, predominantly influenced by India, Pakistan-Nepal diplomatic relations, established on 20 March 1960, are marked by the spirit of cordiality, friendship, mutual respect and understanding. Nepal has always remained an important regional SAARC partner, as well as in the context of countering any hegemonic design that has anti-Pakistan nuance.
Pakistan fully supports Nepal’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity as a matter of prime importance. This in view, Pakistan has repeatedly assured Nepal of its total political support and adherence to the principles of non-interference in internal affairs. As such, we describe political developments in Nepal as its internal matter and express confidence that Nepal would effectively overcome transient difficulties. For its part, Nepal has considered Pakistan as an important player in the region vis-à-vis India. However, given the extent of Indian influence and India’s penetration in the country, its desire to come closer to Pakistan is restricted. Lack of geographical proximity and India-locked status makes things further difficult for the two countries. No wonder, our relations lack the desired substance that could have been translated into meaningful leverage and influence in Nepal.