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[7 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Khalid Mustafa in The News, June 7, 2017
ISLAMABAD: The government has virtually put in the cold storage the much-touted $1.6 billion strategic and paramount IP project in favour of Gwadar-Nawabshah LNG terminal & Pipeline Project (GNGP), which the incumbent regime had kicked off, top official sources told The News.
Under GNGP, gas pipeline of 700 kilometres was to be laid down and two LNG terminals were to be constructed at the Gwadar Port.
The decision to shelve the project will certainly irritate Iran and in return it is …

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[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Shahzad Chaudhry in The News, May 12, 2017
It is true that Iran has mostly been an outlier ever since the Ayatollahs took control of it. Internationally, it was easy to understand because an important American partner, the Shah, had been de-seated, instantly turning Iran from an ally to a sworn foe.
America thus lost its most strategic location to control the Persian Gulf and to run its largest CIA station. In 1979, with the cold war at its height there hadn’t been a bigger loss to American interests ever. Since …

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[28 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Xinhua report in Global Times, Apr 28, 2017
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday criticized the Pakistani government for its “failure” to protect its borders against militant groups who recently killed Iranian border guards in a cross-border attack, Tasnim news agency reported.
Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Pakistan should be held accountable for the presence and operation of militant groups in its territory.
The Islamic republic will spare no efforts to follow up on the issue through all diplomatic and political channels, Qasemi was quoted as saying.
On Wednesday, 10 Iranian security …

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[26 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by SHAFQAT ALI in The Nation, April 26, 2017
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has failed so far to convince Iran to positively consider the offer joining the Saudi-led military alliance, The Nation has learnt.
Senior officials at the foreign ministry said that Pakistan had been making efforts to persuade Iran to join the multi-nation alliance.
Iran, however, sees the Saudi-led coalition as an alliance of the Sunni states with some ‘hidden agenda’ instead of the joint efforts against terrorism. Iran and Iraq, two Shia-majority countries, are not members of the alliance.
An official …

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[29 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Iran has not responded yet to Pakistan’s proposal of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries, a highly-placed source said on Sunday.
The proposal was made following Iranian President Hassan Rowhani’s visit to Pakistan in March when both the countries had decided to boost bilateral trade from $1 billion to $5 billion over the next five years.
Last year, Islamabad and Tehran had reached an understanding during the 7th Pakistan-Iran Joint Trade Committee meeting in the Iranian capital to increase the volume of trade.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, who …

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[29 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has toughened its visa policy for Pakistanis, particularly for those holding official and diplomatic passports.
Now, official passport holders are required to wait for a longer time to get visas, contrary to the norms that accord priority to such passport holders. This startling revelation was made in a written reply of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs submitted to the Senate in response to a question of a senator.
According to it, UAE authorities have adopted a stringent policy for granting visas to the holders of official …

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[29 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

ANKARA: Minister for Religious Affairs & Inter Faith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, met with the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet), Prof Dr Mehmet Gormez, and exchanged views on ways to further deepen bilateral cooperation, particularly between their respective institutions.
Sardar Muhammad Yousaf highlighted the deep-rooted, multifaceted fraternal ties between Pakistan and Turkey, anchored firmly in common faith and shared history.
Sardar apprised the Turkish dignitary of the measures taken by Pakistan in the domain of religious affairs – such as establishment of Ulema and Mashaikh Council for promoting religious and …

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[9 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

KABUL: Director General of Afghanistan Customs Department Ahmad Reshad Popal on Sunday said that Afghanistan imported $1.5 billion goods from Iran.
He said this during his visit to the development project of Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar.
“Afghanistan annual exports to Iran, especially from Sistan-Baluchestan reaches to 36 million [US] dollars,” IRNA news agency quoted him as saying.
He said that Afghan officials’ visit to Iran, especially to Sistan-Baluchestan province, is facilitating investment and development of bilateral relations.
“It plays an important role to pave the way for trade cooperation.”
“My aim of the visit …

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[23 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: India and Iran will be included in the Afghan peace process at a later stage, a senior US official has said while recognising Pakistan’s role as well.
In tweets sent after he spoke at a Washington think tank on Tuesday, Ambassador Richard Olson said: “Pakistan does remain committed to the process of reconciliation and talks in Afghanistan.”
Mr Olson was the US ambassador in Islamabad before he was called back to Washington late last year and made the US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He noted that both India and Iran …

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[1 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a poet and author based in Islamabad.
I read with interest the recent news reports of a dialogue being held in Islamabad on national security, deterrence and regional stability in South Asia.
With India and Iran inking an agreement on developing the Chabahar port in the Persian Gulf, about 100 miles west of Gwadar, some defence strategists in Pakistan have raised new alarms about Pakistan’s security. They are seeing the planned trade route linking Mumbai to Chabahar through the sea and Chabahar to Afghanistan – and subsequently Central Asia …