Pakistani court asks foreign ministry to expedite return of 44 prisoners from Iran

It has been nearly six months since Iran expressed its willingness to release 44 Pakistani prisoners. (Supplied) November 30, 2020 Lahore High Court (LHC) judge Justice Shahid Waheed on Monday asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs how much more time the government required to bring back 44 Pakistanis imprisoned in Iran, in a [...]

By |November 30th, 2020|Pakistan|

Air strikes kill 19 Iran-backed fighters in Syria

Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since the country's civil war broke out in 2011. (Reuters) November 26, 2020 Air strikes likely carried out by Israel killed at least 19 pro-Iran militia fighters in war-torn eastern Syria, a war monitor said Thursday. The early morning strikes hit [...]

By |November 26th, 2020|Isreal, Pakistan, Syria|

Balochistan insurgency and the role of Iran

Member of the Iranian security forces stands near the border with Pakistan. (AFP) By Rustam Shah Mohmand November 12, 2020 With Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif in Islamabad for talks on regional issues, one important subject that dominated talks between Islamabad and Tehran has no doubt been border control. It is unlikely that the [...]

By |November 12th, 2020|Pakistan|

Iranian foreign minister discusses border and defense issues with Pakistani leaders

PakistaniFM Shah Mehmood Qureshi (R) greets Iranian FM Javad Zarif at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on May 24, 2019. (AFP) November 11, 2020 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday during a two-day visit to the neighboring country. [...]

By |November 11th, 2020|Pakistan|

Lahore High Court summons foreign office over Pakistanis imprisoned in Iran

The premises of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 22, 2020. (AN October 16, 2020 Lahore High Court Justice Shahid Waheed this week ordered the Pakistan Foreign Office to submit a list of Pakistanis imprisoned in Iran and for a relevant officer to appear in person before the court on the next [...]

By |October 16th, 2020|Pakistan|

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|