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    Iranian legislators have approved general terms for a bill that will pave the way for Tehran and Islamabad to enhance security cooperation, Iranian media reported.
    During an open session on Sunday morning, the Iranian parliament passed the bill with 187 votes in favor, 14 votes against and 6 abstentions.
    The bill on Iran-Pakistan Security pact had earlier been adopted by the Iranian Council of Ministers and submitted to the parliament on March 31, 2013.
    The bill contains a single article and 11 clauses in which the areas of cooperation, working methods, costs, the responsible ministries and other issues relating to the security pact are included.
    In February 2013, the two countries signed the security pact with the aim of boosting anti-terror cooperation.
    The agreement, which was signed in Tehran between the Pakistanís interior minister and his Iranian counterpart, was intended to take strict measures to combat terrorism, human and drug trafficking.
    Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2014.

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    Iran parliament approves bill on accord with Pakistan

    TEHRAN: Iranian parliament approved on Sunday the Tehran-Islamabad enhanced security cooperation act.

    According to Iranian news agency Irna, the bill is intended to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorist groups operating in border areas.

    Terrorist groups have carried out several attacks on Iranian border guards deployed along the border between Iranís Sistan-Baluchestan province and Pakistan since 2004.

    The capture of Iranian border guards earlier this month, along with the killing of 14 Iranian soldiers last November, was claimed by the terrorist group Jaish al-Adl.

    The Iranian parliament approved general terms of the bill with 187 votes in favour, 14 against and six abstentions.

    It had earlier been adopted by the Iranian cabinet and submitted to parliament on March 31 last year.

    The bill contains working methods, costs and other issues.

    Pakistan and Iran signed the accord in February last year to take stringent measures to combat terrorism and human and drug trafficking.

    Meanwhile, four Iranian soldiers abducted by rebels returned home after being held for two months.

    Four of the abducted border guards had returned home, the Iranian intelligence ministry said in a statement.

    It did not address the fate of Jamshid Danayifar, a fifth soldier abducted along with the other guards on Feb 6.

    The Jaish al-Adl group said Danayifar had been slain in late March.

    PAKISTAN NAVY VESSELS: Pakistani naval vessels have arrived at the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for a naval manoeuvre.

    Irna quoted Rear Admiral Shahram Irani as saying the fleet would have presence in the manoeuvre beginning on Tuesday east of the Strait of Hormuz, through which one fifth of the worldís oil supply passes.

    Pakistani vessels which reached Iranian waters include a warship, a submarine and a logistics vessel.

    The fleet will leave after four days. In the past, regional countries have attended similar Iranian manoeuvres as observers.

    ďThe most important activity of the Pakistani fleet during its stay in Bandar Abbas is to launch joint manoeuvres with selected units of Iranís navy in eastern waters of the Hormuz Strait,Ē Admiral Irani said.

    The joint exercises were aimed at promoting military cooperation between Pakistan and Iran, the news agency said.--Agencies

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1098239/ira...-with-pakistan

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    Iran's Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Reza Haghighian says relationship between the two countries is moving forward.


    In a statement issued in Islamabad, he said the two countries have recently conducted joint naval drills and Iranís parliament also approved a bill advocating collaboration with Islamabad on security issues.

    He said the high ranking officials of Iran and Pakistan have always stressed the need for strengthening bilateral ties.

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    Iran thanks Pakistan for support at UN

    ISLAMABAD: Iran has eulogized Pakistanís position in the world bodyís Human Right Council (HRC) and showed gratitude for the support that Pakistan provided it in the course of deliberations and other interactions in the council.


    Highly placed diplomatic sources told The News here Friday that Iranís envoy for the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Mohsen Naziri, has written letter to his Pakistani counterpart Zamir Akram where he thanked Pakistan for its support.

    The diplomatic observers have viewed the development as significant in the backdrop of recent allegations regarding Iranian security guardsí abduction in the bordering area of Pakistan which ultimately proved to be incorrect since the kidnapped guards were recovered from the soil of Iran.

    The observers have also referred to recent joint naval exercises of Pakistan and Iran. The development has added significance in the wake of upcoming maiden visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Iran scheduled for May 12 and it would continue for three days.

    Sources said that Mohsen Naziri told Zamir Akram that he is very grateful for Pakistanís support to Iran in the HRC and Pakistanís consistent principled position. The sources reminded that it is about Pakistanís strong opposition to Western resolution against Iran in the council. Pakistan has throughout been in principal against country specific resolutions. Pakistan always provided tough resistance to such moves and had been refusing to budge at the face of various pressures.

    Diplomatic experts are of the view that cooperation between Pakistan and Iran at the international forums isnít a new phenomenon but the acknowledgment of Islamabadís support for Tehran is an encouraging sign.

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    Re: Iran thanks Pakistan for support at UN

    Pakistan should always support its neighbours wherever possible. Why not?

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    Re: Pakistan, Iran ties moving forward: Ali Reza Haghighian

    Iran is a friendly neighbor and we want good relations will all our neighbors, glad to see we had Joint Naval drills a few days ago. Hope we cooperate in many fields.
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    Re: Pakistan, Iran ties moving forward: Ali Reza Haghighian

    Quote Originally Posted by ReoSpeedWagon View Post
    Iran is a friendly neighbor and we want good relations will all our neighbors, glad to see we had Joint Naval drills a few days ago. Hope we cooperate in many fields.
    It is essential that we have good relations with neighbours like Iran

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    Re: Pakistan, Iran ties moving forward: Ali Reza Haghighian

    Quote Originally Posted by Pak92 View Post
    It is essential that we have good relations with neighbours like Iran
    Our security situation is directly proportional to good relation with our neighbors, sometime back Iranian guards were kidnapped on border and that put a little dent in our relations, i think we need to work together with Iranians to enhance security of our borders and counter terrorists threats together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReoSpeedWagon View Post
    Our security situation is directly proportional to good relation with our neighbors, sometime back Iranian guards were kidnapped on border and that put a little dent in our relations, i think we need to work together with Iranians to enhance security of our borders and counter terrorists threats together.
    I was also worried that we might tilt towards Saudis with Nawaz Sharif. But we must be friendly to both and not take sides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pak92 View Post
    I was also worried that we might tilt towards Saudis with Nawaz Sharif. But we must be friendly to both and not take sides
    We are friendly to both actually, its just the Govt is more Pro Saudi. Our establishment and people are neutral.

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    Re: Pakistan, Iran ties moving forward: Ali Reza Haghighian

    Pakistan will find it difficult to be friends with both especially if they continue to get gifts of 1.5 billion dollars from the Saudis!!

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    Iran is a great neighbor of Pakistan. We are bonded culturally and religiously. In my humble opinion, this relation with only grow stronger. Especially as we both are waiting anxiously for a common righteous leader and one of the most favorite person of Almighty Allah, our beloved Imam e Zamana, Imam Al Muntazir, Son of Imam Hassan Askari "Imam Mahdi" in these times of great troubles for Muslims.

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    Pakistan, Iran agree to hold JEC to consolidate cooperation

    Pakistan and Iran agreed to hold joint economic commission in Islamabad soon to consolidate the bilateral cooperation as agreed between the leaderships of the two countries with particular focus on development of gas pipeline and electricity.

    Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met with Finance Minister of Iran Ali Tayyebnia on the sidelines of World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Washington during which both the ministers discussed matters of mutual interest.

    Senator Dar informed his Iranian counterpart that the government had approved the 700 kilometres section of the pipeline from Gwadar to Nawabshah and that Pakistan was considering various alternatives to meet the financial requirements.

    He also conveyed personal regards of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the president and supreme leader of Iran, according to a press statement issued by finance ministry on Monday.

    On the occasion, the Iranian finance minister appreciated the resolve of Pakistan in completing 700km portion of Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline and expressed hope that in future more pipeline projects between the two countries may materialise.

    The Iranian minister expressed his gratitude for Pakistanís resolve in forging a long-term cooperation between the two countries. He especially mentioned positive attitude demonstrated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for boosting ties between the two countries.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...e-cooperation/

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    Posts by some militant outfits on social media about Iran indicate the presence of an ideological lobby inside Pakistan, which opposes improvement of bilateral relations between the neighbours. It also gives an impression that the matter is nothing, but an ideological confrontation. But was this always the case?

    Though the literature by the Pakistan military appears silent on both Saudi Arabia and Iran, Tehran was once a significant capital that ensured Pakistanís security. Generals like Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Nur Khan and others appreciated Iranís worth for Pakistan. There is enough evidence that speaks volumes about Iranís centrality for Pakistanís security, especially up until the late 1970s. The Shah of Iran had provided material help to Pakistan during the latterís 1965 war with India and was looked upon to admonish New Delhi for any adventurism. In 1969, Pakistan celebrated the Iranian monarchy and Iran celebrated Pakistan Day. The then governor of Sindh, Vice Admiral, SM Ahsan, stated: ďPakistan and Iran are twin brothers.Ē Did all of this change during Ziaul Haqís decade in power and just because of a particular religious ideology?

    Indubitably, Ziaís era had a major role to play. The rise of the jihad culture changed Pakistanís socio-political dynamics. One of the important milestones in our history is the creation of the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan that was encouraged and later established in the 1980s, not just to fight the jihad in Afghanistan, but also to start a sectarian conflict in Pakistan. Zia was uncomfortable with those sects in Pakistan which were resisting his Islamic laws, especially as these affected them.

    The Iranian Revolution in January 1979 made Pakistanis belonging to these sects overconfident about pursuing their ideology and challenging Ziaís laws. The state resisted harshly. By the mid to late 1980s, there were enough forces present to punish people based on their sectarian identity, for instance, for demanding a separate curriculum in their schools in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). That a lashkar went to G-B, which was involved in sectarian violence, is a fact of history. Many of the lashkaris settled in G-B to change the environment permanently. This was the typical reaction of a security establishment, which is sensitive to internal challenges and deals with these heavy-handedly ó be it in East Bengal, Balochistan, G-B or Okara.

    But in 1979, the Pakistan-Iran relationship was not yet confrontational. In fact, for the military regimeís Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) partners, the Iranian Revolution reflected Maulana Maududiís political philosophy, which certainly had an impact on Iranís revolutionary leadership. In 1978, Ziaís minister JIís Khurshid Ahmad insisted on meeting Ayatollah Khomeini in Paris whom he finally met on January 14, 1979. It seems that the flow of American money then changed everyone who had established a jihad shop for Afghanistan.

    However, Pakistanís state remained ambiguous towards Iran, which it considered the source of an internal irritant, yet a Ďbrotherly Islamic stateí, whose military arm ought to be strengthened. The transfer of nuclear know-how, which is a recorded fact, was the brainchild of the generalsí ambitions to counter the US by propping up forces that would counter American hegemony in the region. Islamabad also helped Tehran in missile and other technology transfers from China. Even as late as 2002, a senior general of Pervez Musharrafís team warned a high-level visitor from Iran about Pakistan and Iranís common threat, the US, and that it would target Pakistanís nuclear programme after it is done with Iran.

    The two decades of militancy certainly had an impact, but a more critical role was played by how Pakistanís strategic masters envisioned regional geopolitics in which Pakistan had a central role to play. It certainly had no place for other states, such as Iran, challenging Rawalpindiís control in its sphere of interest, like in Afghanistan. Having given favours like transferring nuclear know-how, Iran was expected to conceding to respect Pakistanís strategic ambitions. Tehranís intervention in Afghanistan irritated Rawalpindi. In the late 1990s, I remember naval officers cribbing about Iran being undependable.

    Perhaps, the shift in Iran-Pakistan relations was inevitable given the changes in Pakistanís strategic depth vision that evolved during the mid-1970s, relying more on its own capacity than other states. By the early 1990s, from Islamabadís perspective, roles had reversed. In any case, Islamabad saw the Shah embroiled in his own battle with Iraq on the Shatt-al-Arab and not on the same page with Pakistan. The Shah himself was disillusioned with an ally, which was focused more on its battles with India than helping Tehran add to its geopolitical strength. In any case, Iranís 1979 revolution and confrontation with the US made it totally unusable from Pakistanís strategic perspective.

    In the 1970s, Pakistan began to develop two key components to gain military strength ó proxies and nuclear deterrence. The proxies were used aggressively in Afghanistan and then elsewhere. The security establishment was inspired by Zulfikar Ali Bhuttoís vision of finding a central place in geopolitics of the Muslim world. Pakistan would not make the mistake of not developing military capacity, which the Shah lacked to fill the strategic gap created due to withdrawal of British forces from the region. The Beg-Gul doctrine of the 1990s enunciated Pakistanís role in filling the gap created by perceived withdrawal of the US and other forces from the Middle East. The strategy highlighted both proxies and nuclear weapons as the militaryís strength.

    The proxies came with an expensive ideological baggage. The murder of an Iranian diplomat in 1991 was part of the high cost, which the state was willing to pay. This was a rare case in which evidence was available to punish the killer, who was eventually freed in 2011.

    Nuclear deterrence, on the other hand, boosted Pakistanís confidence regarding its role as defender of the Muslim world. Thus, the GHQís disappointment over Iranís role in Afghanistan and it building ties with India, all of which went against Pakistanís vision.

    Today, the poor state of the road from Quetta to the Sistan border underscores Iranís marginal relevance for Pakistan. Iran, which was once Pakistanís major trading partner, has little economic role. The American embargo, the power of internal ideological partners and the regional power games have changed the ties to a degree that they will not improve without a major shift in thinking.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2014.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/797565/p...ran-relations/
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    Our leaders have neglected Iran who should be one of our main allies

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    Posts by some militant outfits on social media about Iran indicate the presence of an ideological lobby inside Pakistan, which opposes improvement of bilateral relations between the neighbours. It also gives an impression that the matter is nothing, but an ideological confrontation. But was this always the case?

    Though the literature by the Pakistan military appears silent on both Saudi Arabia and Iran, Tehran was once a significant capital that ensured Pakistanís security. Generals like Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Nur Khan and others appreciated Iranís worth for Pakistan. There is enough evidence that speaks volumes about Iranís centrality for Pakistanís security, especially up until the late 1970s. The Shah of Iran had provided material help to Pakistan during the latterís 1965 war with India and was looked upon to admonish New Delhi for any adventurism. In 1969, Pakistan celebrated the Iranian monarchy and Iran celebrated Pakistan Day. The then governor of Sindh, Vice Admiral, SM Ahsan, stated: ďPakistan and Iran are twin brothers.Ē Did all of this change during Ziaul Haqís decade in power and just because of a particular religious ideology?

    Indubitably, Ziaís era had a major role to play. The rise of the jihad culture changed Pakistanís socio-political dynamics. One of the important milestones in our history is the creation of the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan that was encouraged and later established in the 1980s, not just to fight the jihad in Afghanistan, but also to start a sectarian conflict in Pakistan. Zia was uncomfortable with those sects in Pakistan which were resisting his Islamic laws, especially as these affected them. The Iranian Revolution in January 1979 made Pakistanis belonging to these sects overconfident about pursuing their ideology and challenging Ziaís laws. The state resisted harshly. By the mid to late 1980s, there were enough forces present to punish people based on their sectarian identity, for instance, for demanding a separate curriculum in their schools in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). That a lashkar went to G-B, which was involved in sectarian violence, is a fact of history. Many of the lashkaris settled in G-B to change the environment permanently. This was the typical reaction of a security establishment, which is sensitive to internal challenges and deals with these heavy-handedly ó be it in East Bengal, Balochistan, G-B or Okara.

    But in 1979, the Pakistan-Iran relationship was not yet confrontational. In fact, for the military regimeís Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) partners, the Iranian Revolution reflected Maulana Maududiís political philosophy, which certainly had an impact on Iranís revolutionary leadership. In 1978, Ziaís minister JIís Khurshid Ahmad insisted on meeting Ayatollah Khomeini in Paris whom he finally met on January 14, 1979. It seems that the flow of American money then changed everyone who had established a jihad shop for Afghanistan.

    However, Pakistanís state remained ambiguous towards Iran, which it considered the source of an internal irritant, yet a Ďbrotherly Islamic stateí, whose military arm ought to be strengthened. The transfer of nuclear know-how, which is a recorded fact, was the brainchild of the generalsí ambitions to counter the US by propping up forces that would counter American hegemony in the region. Islamabad also helped Tehran in missile and other technology transfers from China. Even as late as 2002, a senior general of Pervez Musharrafís team warned a high-level visitor from Iran about Pakistan and Iranís common threat, the US, and that it would target Pakistanís nuclear programme after it is done with Iran.

    The two decades of militancy certainly had an impact, but a more critical role was played by how Pakistanís strategic masters envisioned regional geopolitics in which Pakistan had a central role to play. It certainly had no place for other states, such as Iran, challenging Rawalpindiís control in its sphere of interest, like in Afghanistan. Having given favours like transferring nuclear know-how, Iran was expected to conceding to respect Pakistanís strategic ambitions. Tehranís intervention in Afghanistan irritated Rawalpindi. In the late 1990s, I remember naval officers cribbing about Iran being undependable.

    Perhaps, the shift in Iran-Pakistan relations was inevitable given the changes in Pakistanís strategic depth vision that evolved during the mid-1970s, relying more on its own capacity than other states. By the early 1990s, from Islamabadís perspective, roles had reversed. In any case, Islamabad saw the Shah embroiled in his own battle with Iraq on the Shatt-al-Arab and not on the same page with Pakistan. The Shah himself was disillusioned with an ally, which was focused more on its battles with India than helping Tehran add to its geopolitical strength. In any case, Iranís 1979 revolution and confrontation with the US made it totally unusable from Pakistanís strategic perspective.

    In the 1970s, Pakistan began to develop two key components to gain military strength ó proxies and nuclear deterrence. The proxies were used aggressively in Afghanistan and then elsewhere. The security establishment was inspired by Zulfikar Ali Bhuttoís vision of finding a central place in geopolitics of the Muslim world. Pakistan would not make the mistake of not developing military capacity, which the Shah lacked to fill the strategic gap created due to withdrawal of British forces from the region. The Beg-Gul doctrine of the 1990s enunciated Pakistanís role in filling the gap created by perceived withdrawal of the US and other forces from the Middle East. The strategy highlighted both proxies and nuclear weapons as the militaryís strength.

    The proxies came with an expensive ideological baggage. The murder of an Iranian diplomat in 1991 was part of the high cost, which the state was willing to pay. This was a rare case in which evidence was available to punish the killer, who was eventually freed in 2011.

    Nuclear deterrence, on the other hand, boosted Pakistanís confidence regarding its role as defender of the Muslim world. Thus, the GHQís disappointment over Iranís role in Afghanistan and it building ties with India, all of which went against Pakistanís vision.

    Today, the poor state of the road from Quetta to the Sistan border underscores Iranís marginal relevance for Pakistan. Iran, which was once Pakistanís major trading partner, has little economic role. The American embargo, the power of internal ideological partners and the regional power games have changed the ties to a degree that they will not improve without a major shift in thinking.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2014.

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    Money troubles: Iran seeks return of $216m deposited in local bank!

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    Iran has asked Pakistan to return $216 million that it had deposited in KASB Bank, which is currently under State Bank of Pakistanís supervision, creating a diplomatic issue for the federal government.

    The request was made by Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Reza Haghighian during a meeting with Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Wednesday, according to officials of the Ministry of Finance.

    Iran took up the issue days before a scheduled Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) meeting with Pakistan.

    It had deposited the money in KASB Bank few years ago, which it could not withdraw after the United States imposed sanctions on the Gulf state.

    Officials said the issue would be settled only in a legal manner as Pakistan could not afford to violate the sanctions regime. Owing to the restrictions, the government is also not actively pushing ahead with the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

    On November 14, the State Bank of Pakistan placed KASB Bank Limited under moratorium for a period of six months. The central bank has suspended certain debt and other obligations. It has allowed bank depositors to withdraw up to Rs300,000 and placed curbs on withdrawals above that level.

    The $216 million or Rs22.2 billion constituted 35% of the total deposits of Rs63.1 billion of KASB Bank in December last year.

    Officials of the finance ministry argued that the issue of deposits was between the Iranian government and the private bank and there was no binding obligation on the federal government to sort it out.

    However, they added, the options of seeking exemption from the US sanctions and settling the money in barter trade could be considered.

    They did not rule out the possibility of clearing the dues during the moratorium if both the sides found a solution pertaining to the sanctions.

    Final decision would be taken by the finance minister during the inter-ministerial meeting ahead of the JMC sitting, they said.

    According to the officials, Tehran will also have to establish its case and the government will take a decision only when the State Bank of Pakistan confirmed the deposits.

    Owing to the US curbs, Pakistan has also not been able to pay roughly $200 million to Tehran for electricity purchases. This delay in payment came under discussion in the meeting and it was suggested that Iran could buy rice, sugar and wheat from Pakistan instead of seeking cash payment.

    Dar and the Iranian ambassador also reviewed the proposed agenda of the upcoming meetings, according to a handout issued by the finance ministry.

    The minister was of the view that the upcoming visit of Iranian finance minister would help in enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries. Islamabad was looking forward to any suggestion from the Iranian side to deepen bilateral trade and economic relations, he said.

    Dar was also very optimistic about the success of the JMC meeting as the leadership of the two countries was serious about addressing the issues and taking steps for better cooperation.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/801403/m...in-local-bank/

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    Pak, Iran to expand cooperation in trade, economy

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran on Monday once again reiterated to expand the volume of bilateral trade, economic and bilateral ties, arguing with the world community to open trade with Iran on humanitarian goods.


    The two sides expressed their resolve in the 19th meeting of the Pakistan-Iran Joint Economic Commission which was commenced here on Monday with Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar and the Iranian Minister for Economic Affairs & Finance, Dr. Ali Taieb Nia chairing the inaugural session. The meeting shall conclude tomorrow.


    Before the formal inauguration of the session, both the Ministers had a meeting along with their respective delegations and resolved to take the economic relations a step further particularly focusing on trade promotion.


    In his formal inaugural speech, the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said, ďthe top leadership of both the countries is serious in taking the relationship to a new level; we have endeavored to materialize what our leadership feels. We will not only try to expand the existing trade, economic and bilateral ties in other areas but also make efforts to stabilize them.Ē


    Regarding the sanctions against the brotherly Islamic country, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said we support Iran on the International fora and argue with the world community to open trade with Iran on humanitarian goods. ďAt least export of food items to the friendly country should be on till the sanctions are relaxedĒ, the Minister added.


    The Iranian Minister for Finance reciprocated the feelings and said that he was pleased to be in Pakistan to lead his side at the 19th JEC. He once again reiterated expansion in volume of trade between the countries in his address. He also expressed resolve to cooperate with Pakistan in the areas of energy import, transport and communication, mining, agriculture, health and banking sector development, through a comprehensive framework agreement.


    During the technical session that started soon after adoption of agenda in the presence of both the Ministers, is set to take up the main items for discussion including review of the bilateral trade and proposals for its enhancement, review of tariff and non-tariff barriers hampering bilateral trade, opening of bank branches, revitalization of joint business council, visa facilitation for businessmen of Pakistan and lifting of ban on the import of fruits from Pakistan.


    Ministry of finance in a press statement on Monday said that the JEC would take up the issue of banking problems with Iran due to sanctions imposed by US and UN etc on Tuesday. There would also be discussion on Iran Pakistan gas pipeline project (to expedite its implementation), up gradation of Quetta-Taftan railway track and improvement of Noshki-Dalbandin section of N-40 Highway on the second day of JEC meeting.


    On the Import of Energy from Iran, both the sides will discuss:


    n The import of 74MW power from Iran for Makran Division, Balochistan,


    n Import of 100 MW from Iran to Gwadar,


    n Import of 1000MW of electricity from Iran for Balochistan and the national grid.


    Finance Ministry further said that discussion would also be held on pending MOUs and it was expected that out of the 12 MOUs under consideration four would be signed between the two countries during the current JEC.


    It is worth mentioning that both sides have decided that a press briefing would be arranged on 9th of December after conclusion of the 19th JEC to announce the decisions taken in the meeting.


    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/busines...-trade-economy

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    Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance border cooperation

    QUETTA: Pakistan and Iran on Monday agreed to enhance mutual cooperation and coordination to fight terrorism, narcotics and human smuggling.

    Pakistani and Iranian border officers met at Mirjava, the Iranian bordering city, to discuss issues relating to the 900km long porous border.

    The meeting has come after improvement of ties and an end of blame game between the two neighbors over border issues.

    Deputy Commissioner Chaghi, Saifullah Khetran, Deputy Commissioner Gwadar, Hamid Abru and other officials represented Pakistan.

    The Iranian side was represented by border officers.

    The two sides discussed all ways and means to jointly battle terrorism, narcotics and human smuggling, sources in Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department told Dawn.com.

    The two countries agreed to enhance cooperation in terms of intelligence sharing to combat terrorism.

    Personnel of law enforcement agencies also participated in the meeting to apprise the border officers with regard to border issues, they said.

    Both countries decided to double their efforts to ensure legal movement at the border.

    It was also decided to ensure holding of mutual meetings to remove misunderstandings and improve better coordination, sources said.

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    Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance trade to $5 billion

    The 7th meeting of Pak-Iran joint trade committee was held in Tehran on Wednesday.

    Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan headed the Pakistani delegation while the Iranian side was led by Minister for Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh.

    The two sides reviewed the present trade level and agreed to formulate a five-year plan to increase bilateral trade from the existing one billion dollars to five billion dollars. Both the sides also agreed to form a working group to widen the scope of 2006 Pak-Iran Preferential Trade Agreement.

    The two sides urged the need for joint investment in agro-food processing and infrastructure, particularly in the field of establishing effective rail, air, road and sea links between the two countries.

    They also called for opening new border trade-posts at Mand-Pishin and Gabd-Reemdan. Khurram Dastgir Khan enunciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifís vision to achieve shared prosperity through economic integration by enhancing trade, investment and connectivity of infrastructure and banking systems.

    He emphasized on early elimination of all non-tariff barriers between the two countries under the 2006 Preferential Trade Agreement.

    On Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, Commerce Minister said Gwadar to Nawabshah gas pipeline was part of Pak-China Trade Corridor and was slated for early implementation. He said Pakistan would also arrange construction of the remaining portion of gas pipeline from Gwadar to Iran border thus paving way for import of Iranís gas by Pakistan.

    The Iranian commerce minister assured that hurdles and obstacles in the way of bilateral trade would be removed through effective measures. He offered maximum facilitation for Pakistanís private sector to hold and participate in trade exhibitions in Iran.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015...-to-5-billion/

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