PM Imran, Iranian President Rouhani express joint resolve to combat terrorism in border areas

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Prime Minister Imran Khan met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Presidential Palace in Tehran on Monday.

Amid their gathering, Prime Minister Imran — who is on a two-day official visit to Iran — examined the whole range of bilateral relations and approaches to further ties in different fields to President Rouhani, Radio Pakistan announced.

Prime Minister Imran later held a joint public interview with President Rouhani, amid which he expressed that he fears psychological warfare could turn into “a troublesome piece of the two nations’ respective relations and increment contrasts between the nations”.

He said that the most essential plan thing for his visit to Tehran was “the issue of fear based oppression”.

The head noticed that Pakistan had “presumably experienced more fear based oppression than some other nation, with more than 70,000 lives lost in the previous 12-13 years”.

He said that the security offices of Pakistan must be acknowledged for the manner in which they handled and defeated psychological oppression in Pakistan.

“We are a lot more fortunate than Afghanistan, where in spite of all Nato quality and regardless of the Afghan security powers, they couldn’t defeat militancy the manner in which we did in Pakistan,” the head said.

He further said that the whole political range in Pakistan had arrived at the resolution that no activist gatherings would be permitted to work from the Pakistani soil.

PM Imran said that, out of the blue, the present government was destroying activist gatherings the nation over. He said this was not because of any outside weight, yet the aftereffect of a choice made through accord over the political range in Pakistan that the nation won’t enable its dirt to be utilized by anybody against anybody.

The CEO likewise focused on his partner’s the April 18 dread assault in Ormara, in which 14 military staff were martyred. He said he comprehends that Iran had additionally experienced psychological oppressor assaults by gatherings working inside Pakistan, however focused on that the issues should be settled before they push the two nations separated.

He proposed that the Pakistani “security boss” will sit with his Iranian partner and talk about methods for collaboration so the nations, “achieve a dimension of trust to such an extent that the two nations won’t permit any terrorist action from their dirt”.

“We trust that this will fabricate certainty between us; it will help construct a future relationship where we have total trust in one another,” the head administrator said.

The head additionally said that harmony in Afghanistan was in light of a legitimate concern for both Pakistan and Iran, taking note of that the war had influenced the two nations. He said that Pakistan and Iran would coordinate with one another in helping achieve a harmony settlement in Afghanistan.

The chief additionally pointed out the unfairness being done to the general population of Palestine and the general population of Kashmir. PM Imran said that that a United Nations goals “unmistakably expresses that the general population of Kashmir will be permitted to choose their own fate”. However, he lamented, Indian security powers have been endeavoring to mistreat the general population of Kashmir for as far back as 30 years.

“I feel in all respects unequivocally that the main way is certifiably not a military goals — it isn’t through power, however through exchange and a political settlement,” the head said.

He included that the entire subcontinent can push ahead once Kashmir was settled. “Equity will bring harmony,” the chief repeated.

The chief noticed that collaboration between the two nations and approaches to improve exchange had been likewise talked about.

He said that Pakistan was keen on the manner in which that Iran had improved essential social insurance since the transformation. He said the recently designated wellbeing clergyman was made piece of the meeting assignment with the goal that Pakistan can figure out how to profit by the Iranian involvement in essential medicinal services.

Iran and Pakistan likewise consented to set up a Joint Rapid Reaction Force to watch regular fringes, as indicated by Radio Pakistan.

The executive additionally expressed gratitude toward President Rouhani for the accommodation and regard the Pakistani appointment had gotten amid their visit to Iran.

President Rouhani, while tending to the question and answer session, stated: “Sadly we saw a few pressures in fringe zones in the ongoing past, where terrorists executed their odious demonstrations.”

He noticed that, amid the discussions, the two nations had reaffirmed their pledge to harmony and security in the district. “We additionally accentuated that no third nation ought to be permitted to hurt the selfless and close relations between the two nations,” the president included.

According to Radio Pakistan, Rouhani said that the two nations have consented to reinforce their exchange and financial relations and have consented to set up a deal council for the trading of products.

He said that Iran was likewise keen on building up connections between the Gwadar and Chabahar ports so as to fortify business relations.

Rouhani said that Iran was prepared to meet Pakistan’s oil and gas prerequisites and included that Iran has officially taken measures to build a pipeline close to the Pakistani fringe. He said that Iran was likewise prepared to expand the fare of power to Pakistan.

Time to enhance bilateral trade: PM tells Iran’s business community

Prime Minister Imran also held a meeting with the representatives of Iran’s business community, where he stressed on the need for increased bilateral trade.

“The countries that are doing well, like the Southeast Asian tiger economies, all of them have a very high proportion of bilateral trade with the countries they are close to,” the premier said. “The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries have a very high level of trade, China has the same with all its neighbours.

“But unfortunately, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan have a very low proportion of trade with their neighbouring countries. And this reflects in our standards of living not reaching the levels where they should be.

“Iran has 80 million people, Pakistan has 210m people. They should be big economies but for a variety of reasons we have been unable to fulfill our trading potential.

“Despite the fact that Iran has sanctions and Pakistan is also going through a difficult period, we should now start developing our bilateral trade. It’s time that we work out ways to enhance our trade.”

Guard of honour

The prime minister had arrived at the Presidential Palace early in the day, where he was received by the Iranian president. The national anthems of both countries were played during a welcoming ceremony, after which Prime Minister Imran was presented a guard of honour.

The premier is visiting Iran in a bid to strengthen trust between the two neighbouring countries. He was invited by President Rouhani.

He is also expected to meet Iranian Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei and other top government functionaries today.

The premier had reached Iran on Sunday and paid his respects at the shrine of Imam Raza during a brief stopover in Mashhad. He also met the leadership of the Khorasan-i-Razavi province, and told them that maintaining good relations with neighbours was the cornerstone of his government’s policy.

The premier is accompanied by two ministers, an adviser and three special assistants holding the portfolios of human rights, maritime affairs, commerce, overseas Pakistanis, health services, and petroleum.

Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Adviser to PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to PM on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to PM on National Health Services Dr Zafarullah Mirza and Special Assistant to PM on Petroleum Nadeem Baber are all part of the Pakistani delegation.

Tense relations

Mr Khan was initially scheduled to visit Iran in January, but the trip was reportedly postponed at the eleventh hour due to unexplained reasons. The Foreign Office had simply issued a statement highlighting that Pak-Iran relations were “marked by close historic and cultural linkages and strong people-to-people exchanges”.

The relations have, however, also experienced downswings due to security issues along the border areas.

According to diplomatic sources, border security issues will be on top of PM Khan’s agenda in Tehran, especially the April 18 terror attack in Ormara in which 14 armed forces personnel were killed.

Following the massacre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) had lodged a strong protest with Iran over its inaction against the terror groups believed to be involved in the Ormara killings.

In a letter written to the Iranian embassy on Friday, the MoFA stated: “Killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly.”

Media reports said 15-20 terrorists camouflaged themselves in Frontier Corps uniform, barricaded the road and stopped three to four buses travelling from Ormara to Gwadar on the coastal highway at Buzi Top before dawn on April 18.

On the identification of the passengers, 14 personnel belonging to the armed forces were shot dead, including Navy, Air Force and Coast Guards personnel.

According to the ministry’s letter, “BRAS” — an alliance of three terrorist organisations — claimed responsibility for the terrorist act. The government said the terrorists had arrived from the border region and returned to the area following the incident.

Among other important issues, including border security, the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline project is also expected to come under discussion between the two sides.

More details to follow.

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