Iran looks to remote port to beat US sanctions

Slipping popularity. Iranian President Hassan Rohani poses at the inauguration a newly built extension of the Chabahar port, which was constructed by an IRGC -affiliated company, last December. (AP) March 27, 2019 With the web of US sanctions tightening, Iran faces a host of challenges as it looks to an isolated port in [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Afghanistan, India, Pakistan|

Iranian border guards freed in Pakistan arrive home

One of five freed Iranian security personnel who had been held by jihadists for a month in Pakistan, is received by military officers and media upon their arrival at an undisclosed location in Iran, November 22, 2018. (AFP) March 23, 2019 Four Iranian borders guards freed in Pakistan on the eve of the [...]

By |March 23rd, 2019|Pakistan|

Pakistan rescues four Iranian soldiers from militant group

Iranian border guards purportedly captured by the militant group Jaish al-Adl. (YouTube) March 21, 2019 Pakistan has rescued four Iranian soldiers being held captive by a militant group in the country’s restive southwest, the military said in a statement Thursday. The rescue took place in Chaghi district of Balochistan province, near the Afghan border, [...]

By |March 21st, 2019|Pakistan|

Pakistan, Iran agree on closer anti-terror cooperation

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) March 12, 2019 Pakistan and Iran have agreed for a "closer "intelligence cooperation to combat terrorism amid rising diplomatic tension between the two countries following, killing of [...]

By |March 12th, 2019|Pakistan|

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|