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|

Pakistan says drill with Iranian navy not planned, was ‘passage exercise’

Iran's navy commander Habibollah Sayyari points while standing on a naval ship during Velayat-90 war game on the Sea of Oman, Jan. 1, 2012. (AFP) April 7, 2021 Pakistani and Iranian naval ships conducted a day-long “passage exercise” in the waters of the Gulf, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Navy has said, adding [...]

By |April 7th, 2021|Pakistan|

Turkey, Iran, Pakistan regional freight train soon to relaunch operations— officials

Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are finalizing details of the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train. (Supplied) March 6, 2021 Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are finalizing details of the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train that is soon to resume its operations after nine years to boost regional connectivity and increase trade among the three countries, officials told [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Pakistan, Turkey|

Pakistan’s Baluchis protest Iranian treatment of Ethnic brethren after border shootings

Protests in the impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province began in Saravan, Feb 24, 2021. (Supplied) March 4, 2021 Dozens of ethnic Baluch rights activists have staged a protest in Pakistan's port city of Karachi to condemn the killing of their ethnic brethren by Iranian border guards last month. The protest comes amid reports of violent [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Minorities, Pakistan|

Iran-Pakistan border tensions: Causes and implications

A member of Iranian security forces stands near the border with Pakistan. (AFP) By Abdul Basit Khan March 1, 2021 The recent killings of ten ethnic Baloch fuel traders, trying to smuggle untaxed Iranian diesel into Pakistan, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has brought into sharp focus the perennial problems of [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Minorities, Pakistan|

Iran statement about Pakistan’s role in Sistan-Balochistan shooting ‘factually incorrect’ — foreign office

The premises of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 22, 2020. (AN February 27, 2021 The Pakistani foreign office on Friday described a statement by an Iranian official accusing Pakistani security forces of shooting at oil smugglers earlier this week as "factually incorrect," reaffirming that the incident had taken place on [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Pakistan|