Iranian fruit smuggled through Afghan border upsets Pakistan apple cart

Pakistani vendors sell apples on a roadside stall in Killa Abdullah, a district in the northwest of Balochistan province on August 29, 2017. (AFP) October 15, 2020 Growers in the southwestern Balochistan province, where over 85 percent of Pakistan’s apples are produced, say the smuggling of Iranian apples into the country through the [...]

By |October 15th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Most Pakistanis blame inadequate controls on Iranian border for coronavirus spread

Most people surveyed blamed inadequate government controls on the Iranian border, followed by nationals including pilgrims coming back from Iran. (Getty) September 23, 2020 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Thursday that the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia, including migrants and [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Pakistan|

Pakistan to establish 18 markets on Afghanistan, Iran borders to boost trade, curb smuggling

Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks stand guard at the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on February 25, 2020. (AFP) September 19, 2020 The Pakistan government has decided to set up markets along its borders with neighboring Afghanistan and Iran to boost trade opportunities, foster peace and check smuggling, the commerce ministry said on Friday. [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Pakistan, Iran at high exposure of ‘ecological threats’ and ‘future collapse’

Pakistan and Iran face a toxic combination of threats, as well as a diminishing ability to deal with them. (Supplied) September 09, 2020 Rapid population growth, lack of access to food and water and increased exposure to natural disasters mean more than 1 billion people face being displaced by 2050, according to a [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Pakistan|

Pro-Iran fighters returning from Syria threaten Pakistan’s security

An image that Iran used in the propaganda film called "Lovers Stand Dying" to recruit Pakistanis into the Zainabiyoun Brigade. (Social Media) September 08, 2020 Pakistan’s colossal human and financial sacrifices to uproot terrorism are undoubtedly appreciated globally. Pakistan’s security forces have carried out intensive counterterrorism campaigns across the country, including at least [...]

By |September 8th, 2020|Pakistan, Syria|

Be cautious: India hasn’t left Iran’s Chabahar

Iran's Chabahar Port on the Arabian Sea. India is investing in the port to facilitate shipping of its good to the region. (ISNA) By Umar Karim August 22, 2020 The Middle Eastern-South Asian borderlands have been the focus of new geopolitical ventures for some years now. The coastal zones of Pakistan and Iran near [...]

By |August 22nd, 2020|East Asia, India, Pakistan|

US charges two citizens, one Pakistani with moving US currency to Iran, Khamenei

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) August 20, 2020 Two American citizens and one Pakistani national have been charged with federal crimes by the US Justice Department on Wednesday for moving US currency to Iran on behalf of the [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|North America, Pakistan, USA|

Tortuous relations between Pakistan and Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Iranian capital Tehran, April 22, 2019. (AP) By Aqil Nadeem July 23, 2020 Two Joint Investigation Team (JIT) reports, one released by the federal minister for maritime affairs, Ali Haider Zaidi, and the other by Sindh’s provincial administration, corroborate each [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Opinions On Iran, Pakistan|

The silence on Uzair Baloch’s Iran connection

Uzair Baloch flanked by Rangers personnel in Karachi in January 2016. (EPA) By Naila Mahsud July 17, 2020 Uzair Baloch, who was tried by a military court three years ago for spying on his country’s army and providing information to Iranian intelligence officials on sensitive installations in Pakistan, made headlines again after the provincial [...]

By |July 17th, 2020|Pakistan|

Investigation report says Pakistani ganglord spied for Iran in 2014

Uzair Baloch flanked by Rangers personnel in Karachi in January 2016. (EPA) July 10, 2020 An investigation report released by Pakistan’s provincial government in Sindh this week has said a Pakistani ganglord, long suspected of building a business empire through extortion, kidnapping and drugs, had confessed to spying for Iranian intelligence agencies in [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Pakistan|