Pakistan says Iran border 46% fenced, to be completed in a year

General view of Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan, one of Pakistan’s border crossing with Iran. (AFP) July 13, 2021 Work on fencing along Pakistan’s border with Iran is underway and will be completed within a year, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said on Monday. The 959-km Pakistan-Iran border begins at the Koh-i-Malik Salih [...]

By |July 13th, 2021|Pakistan|

Pakistan says in contact with Iran after Tehran closes border over rising COVID-19 cases

Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks stand guard at the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on February 25, 2020. (AFP) July 1, 2021 The Pakistani foreign office said on Thursday the country’s embassy in Tehran was in close contact with Iranian authorities since they closed the border with Pakistan due to rising COVID-19 cases in [...]

By |July 1st, 2021|Pakistan|

Deadly traffic: the fuel drivers caught up in Pakistan-Iran border tensions

A driver rests under his truck to escape the fierce sun as petrol carriers queue to cross the border. Now they can wait all day but still not get across. (The Guardian) June 23, 2021 Karim Jan* spent the festival of Eid al-Fitr sitting in the scorching May sun as he had spent [...]

By |June 23rd, 2021|Pakistan|

Authorities shut down six ‘illegal’ Iranian schools in southwest Pakistan

The schools attracted the attention of local authorities in Pakistan five months ago and were asked to register properly. (Arab News) June 12, 2021 Pakistani authorities have closed six Iranian schools operating illegally in southwestern Balochistan province, officials said on Saturday. All six schools shut on Friday were run by Iranian nationals in [...]

By |June 12th, 2021|Pakistan|

Great spot: Rare Persian leopard pair sighted in Pakistan

A rare Persian leopard (Panthera Tilliana) at the Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, May 7, 2021. (AFP) May 22, 2021 A pair of rare Persian leopards sighted in Pakistan for the first time last year have been filmed and photographed in the wild, officials said Friday. Sharifuddin Baloch, a [...]

By |May 22nd, 2021|Pakistan|

Pakistani PM welcomes Saudi ‘initiative’ for peace with Iran

King Salman receives Imran Khan in Riyadh during the Pakistani prime minister's visit to Saudi Arabia last year. (SPA) April 29, 2021 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday welcomed a Saudi “initiative” for peace with Iran, saying it would strengthen the Muslim world. While reiterating that Riyadh had a problem with Iran’s [...]

By |April 29th, 2021|Pakistan, Saudi Arabia|

Iran bans flights from India and Pakistan

A couple wearing protective face masks following a coronavirus outbreak walk in the Iranian city of Qom. (Reuters) April 24, 2021 Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency is reporting the country’s civil aviation agency has banned all flights to and from India and Pakistan because of the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases in the [...]

By |April 24th, 2021|India, Pakistan|

Pakistan, Iran sign agreement to establish joint border markets

Pakistan's FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi (2 left) is signing MoU with Iranian FM Javad Zarif (4 right) in Iran on April 21, 2021. (Pakistan Foreign Office) April 23, 2021 Pakistan and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday evening to establish joint border markets in efforts to strengthen cross-border economic exchanges [...]

By |April 23rd, 2021|Pakistan|

Pakistani foreign minister meets Iran’s Rouhani, discusses border management

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi (left) meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on April 21, 2021. (Twitter) April 21, 2021 Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday and discussed trade, connectivity and border management. Earlier on Monday, state-run Radio Pakistan reported Qureshi briefing members of [...]

By |April 21st, 2021|Pakistan|

Fencing Iran, Afghan border may impact locals but peace first priority — Balochistan home minister

A Pakistani army soldier stands guard along with border fence at the Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan on May 8, 2018. (AFP) April 8, 2021 Pakistan is ‘speedily’ fencing its border with Iran and Afghanistan to curb militant attacks, Balochistan’s home minister told Arab News in an exclusive interview this week, admitting that the [...]

By |April 8th, 2021|Afghanistan, Pakistan|