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Iran’s influence in Pakistan more limited than ever

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Iranian capital Tehran, April 22, 2019. (AP) By Javeed Hafeez June 28, 2019 Iran and Pakistan are neighbors and both have been designated Islamic republics. But notwithstanding its nomenclature, Pakistan was never meant to be a theocratic state by [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|Pakistan|

Afghan, Iranian ministers arrive in Pakistan for talks on refugees

An Afghan child plays with a baloon at the Shahid Nasseri refugee camp in Taraz Nahid village near the city of Saveh, some 130 kms southwest of the capital Tehran, on February 8, 2015. (AP) By Tahir Khan June 17, 2019 Pakistan will host a four-party meeting in Islamabad today (Monday) on a roadmap [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Pakistan releases detained Iranian sailors

A Pakistan Navy helicopter takes part in Pakistan Navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP) June 7, 2019 Mehr news agency in Iran reported on Thursday June 6 that Pakistan has released 6 Iranian sailors who were detained in Pakistan. The agency reported that the sailors have returned [...]

By |June 7th, 2019|Pakistan|

Iranian FM leaves Pakistan with little more than promise of moral support

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (right) greets Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on May 24, 2019. (AFP) May 25, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Islamabad Friday evening after a two-day visit in which Pakistan said it was ready to work with all sides [...]

By |May 25th, 2019|Pakistan|

Iran looks to Pakistan for mediation

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Quraishi greets his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif in Islamabad. Zarif’s visit came days before the expected arrival of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Pakistan. (AFP) May 25, 2019 Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi assured his visiting Iranian counterpart on Friday that Islamabad would continue [...]

By |May 25th, 2019|Pakistan|

FM Zarif due in Pakistan today as US pressure mounts on Tehran

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Quraishi greets his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif in Islamabad. Zarif’s visit came days before the expected arrival of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Pakistan. (AFP) May 23, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Islamabad on Thursday for talks with Pakistani leaders, including [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Pakistan|

Pakistan begins fencing 950km shared 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) May 13, 2019 The fencing of certain areas along the 950km shared Pakistan-Iran border is now underway, according to Pakistani senator Rehman Malik, Chairman of the senate’s [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Pakistan|

Pakistan informs Iran gas pipeline project ‘impossible’ under US sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Iranian capital Tehran, April 22, 2019. (AP) May 11, 2019 Pakistan has informed Iran in writing that it cannot execute the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project as long as Tehran is under a United States sanctions regime, a top official [...]

By |May 11th, 2019|Pakistan|

Iran issues notice to Pakistan on moving arbitration court

Iran has threatened to move the arbitration court against Pakistan for unilaterally shelving the IP gas line project invoking the penalty clause of the Gas Sales Purchase Agreement (GSPA). (Reuters) May 9, 2019 Tehran formally gave notice to Islamabad in February 2019 for moving the arbitration court for not laying down the pipeline [...]

By |May 9th, 2019|Pakistan|

Islamabad and Tehran: Pakistan’s leap of faith

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Iranian capital Tehran, April 22, 2019. (AP) By Umer Karim April 30, 2019 Pakistan’s relationship with its western neighbor Iran was exceptionally cordial under the regime of the Shah of Iran, but since Iran’s 'Islamic' Revolution of the late 70’s, [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Pakistan|