A widening Pak-Iran trust deficit

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) By Rahimullah Yusufzai May 23, 2020 A few days after the May 8 attack by Baloch separatists near the Pak-Iran border that caused the death of six Pakistani [...]

By |May 23rd, 2020|Pakistan|

The bloody border between Iran and Pakistan

Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa meets Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, in Tehran on Nov. 18. (ISPR) By Rasul Bakhsh Rais May 20, 2020 On May 7, six soldiers including an officer of the Frontier Constabulary were killed by an improvised explosive device planted along the Buledia area [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Pakistan asks Iran to enhance border security after attack on soldiers

Iran road sign near the Pakistan Iran Border. (IRNA) May 13, 2020 Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, has asked Iran to enhance border security measures to curb terrorist attacks on Pakistani security forces by militants allegedly operating from Iranian soil. Gen Bajwa called Chief of the Armed Forces [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|Pakistan|

Pakistan approves additional funds for fencing Pakistan-Iran border

Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks stand guard at the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on February 25, 2020. (AFP) April 29, 2020 The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Pakistani government on Monday approved additional funds in the form of a technical supplementary grant of Rs3 billion for the fencing of the country’s porous [...]

By |April 29th, 2020|Pakistan|

Pakistan PM’s health adviser ordered ease in quarantine restrictions at Pak-Iran border, document reveals

Pakistan has issued directions and recommendations which included the closure of the border and quarantining of incoming people for 14 days. (Supplied) April 27, 2020 The Prime Minister’s special assistant on health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, ordered the easing of quarantine restrictions along the Pak-Iran border in February which led to hundreds of cases [...]

By |April 27th, 2020|Pakistan|

Pakistani pilgrims caught in Iran’s coronavirus web

The spread of coronavirus in Iran was fuelled by politics and religion and consequently travelled to many countries through pilgrims. (Getty Images) By Owais Tohid April 7, 2020 When Khalid Zaidi landed in Mashhad from Karbala, things still felt normal in Iran. The traditional Qahwa Khana cafes and shops were open, and importantly for [...]

By |April 7th, 2020|Pakistan|

Iran still accepts Shia pilgrims from Pakistan and India arriving to Qom despite coronavirus pandemic

Qom is the eighth largest city in Iran. It lies 125 kilometers by road southwest of Tehran and is the capital of Qom Province. (IRNA) March 30, 2020 Iran has not stopped accepting pilgrims to the Shia holy city of Qom despite the coronavirus outbreak in the country, according to a video circulating on [...]

By |March 30th, 2020|India, Pakistan|

Hundreds still entering Pakistan from Iran despite border closure over coronavirus

Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) personnel came into the streets to fight Coronavirus. March 1, 2020. (Supplied) March 28, 2020 Over a hundred pilgrims returned to Pakistan on Thursday from Iran via a land border crossing at Taftan in Balochistan province, immigration documents have shown, despite the border being sealed by the Pakistan government to [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Pakistan|

Pakistan seals borders with Afghanistan, Iran

People queue in line to receive protection packages for COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment. March 12, 2020. (AFP) March 13, 2020 Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC) announced on Friday it will seal the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran for two weeks to [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Pakistan reopens border with Iran after two weeks’ closure over virus threat

Emergency first responders wearing protective masks stand along a street in Tehran, February 24, 2020. (AFP) March 9, 2020 Pakistan on Sunday reopened its border with Iran in the Taftan, Balochistan, area two weeks after closing it down to limit the spread of coronavirus from the neighboring country, reported state-run Radio Pakistan. “Over [...]

By |March 9th, 2020|Pakistan|