Could the Iranian port of Chabahar be a bridge between Kabul and New Delhi?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the inauguration of an extension of the port of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman on Dec. 3, 2017. (AP) March 11, 2019 Last month, Afghanistan took a detour to ship goods to India. Instead of using a land route via Pakistan, the inaugural convoy of 23 trucks [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Afghanistan, India, Pakistan|

Iran’s Rouhani urges Pakistan to act against group behind border attack

Iran President Hassan Rouhani. (IRNA) March 11, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for "decisive" action by Pakistan against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area, saying failure to act could jeopardise relations. Iran's state news agency IRNA said Rouhani's remarks were made during a telephone [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Pakistan|

Chabahar Port deal threatens to capsize Iran sanctions

Indian PM Modi and Iranian president Rouhani signed a historic deal with Iran to develop the Chabahar port. (AFP) By Varsha Koduvayur and Andrew Gabel March 9, 2019 Afghanistan sent India its first exports last week through southeastern Iran’s Chabahar port, which the Trump administration has exempted from U.S. sanctions in order to facilitate Afghan reconstruction efforts. [...]

By |March 9th, 2019|Afghanistan, India, Pakistan|

Senior Iranian official: foreign Shiite militias to fight in Iran if Islamic Republic in danger

The head of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Courts Hojjat ol-Eslam Musa Qazanfar-Abadi. (Supplied) By Amir Toumaj March 9, 2019 On March 6, Hojjat ol-Eslam Musa Qazanfar-Abadi, the head of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Courts, said the Islamic Republic would deploy non-Iranian Shiite militias in Iran if the system faces danger of downfall. “If we do not [...]

By |March 9th, 2019|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen|

India, Iran may expand ties to counter terror in region

India and Iran accuse Pakistan and the ISI of lending support to terror outfits operating out of the country. (ET) By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury March 7, 2019 India is exploring the possibility of expanding its anti-terror partnership with Iran to counter terrorist activities allegedly launched from Pakistan’s soil, sources told ET. A day [...]

By |March 7th, 2019|India, Pakistan|

Why have relations between Islamic Revolution Iran and Pakistan deteriorated?

Iran's IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari also accused the US and Israel of ordering Saudi Arabia and the UAE to carry out the attack on IRGC personnel. (Reuters) By Track Persia February 25, 2019 Pakistan and Iran have cultural and religious links between them, given they share more than 900-kilometer border. The relations between the two [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Pakistan|

Pakistan to fence 950km of border with Iran

A Pakistani border security official (R) and an Iranian border official meet at Zero Point in the Pakistan-Iran border town of Taftan, October 16, 2018. (AFP) February 23, 2019 In order to de-escalate tensions with its neighbour in the west, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration plans to fence 950km of the border linking [...]

By |February 23rd, 2019|Pakistan|

Iran’s Soleimani: Saudi Arabia wants to ‘destroy’ Pakistan

Iranian major general and the commander of Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, undated. (Supplied) February 23, 2019 General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, accused Saudi Arabia of attempting to create tension between Pakistan and its neighbors in a Friday sermon in the Northern city of Babol. “We are speaking [...]

By |February 23rd, 2019|Pakistan, Saudi Arabia|

Suicide bomber who killed 27 members of Iran’s Guards was Pakistani: Guards commander

Iranian people along with members of Iran's elite IRGC gather around the coffins of Iran's elite IRGC who were killed by a suicide car bomb, during the funerals in Isfahan, Iran Feb 16, 2019. (REUTERS) February 19, 2019 The man who carried out a suicide bombing which killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Pakistan|

Iran: Will ‘immediately intervene’ if Pakistan doesn’t eliminate terrorists

Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri. (IRNA) February 19, 2019 Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, warned on Monday that Tehran will intervene if terrorist presence in Pakistan is not addressed and eliminated “immediately”. The Iranian news agency, IRNA, quoted Bagheri as saying that if [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Pakistan|