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Pakistan, Iran agree to cooperate against IS

Published Aug 07, 2016 07:50am


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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran agreed on Saturday to forge close counterterrorism cooperation to deal with the militant Islamic State (IS) group and other security threats.

This was agreed at the ninth round of bilateral political consultations held in Tehran. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry led the Pakistani delegation, whereas the Iranian side was headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific, Ebrahim Rahimpour.

This was the second senior-level engagement between the two countries in a fortnight. National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua visited Iran for a meeting with his counterpart in the last week of July, during which both sides emphasised the importance of addressing security issues, particularly problems with border security.

“It was agreed that close cooperation was needed in countering extremism and terrorism, especially the threat” posed by organisations such as the IS, a statement issued by the Foreign Office after the political consultations said.

Both sides also discussed cooperation in trade and economy and agreed to enhance it.

“Regional situation as well as opportunities offered by enhanced connectivity for transit trade was also discussed,” it said.

This assertion implies that the two sides also discussed Pakistani concerns about the Chabahar port not only for being a rival to Gwadar, but also from the perspective of Indian involvement and prospects of cooperation between the two ports.

Security circles see Indian involvement in Chabahar and the upcoming trade route linking the port to Afghanistan as a security threat. Iran has, however, been insisting that the two ports complement each other.

Mr Chaudhry apprised his Iranian counterpart of the latest situation in India-held Kashmir.

The foreign secretary also met Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2016


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Comments (8) Closed

ahmad Aug 07, 2016 08:27am

beware of Iran, they are not trustworthy. dont put Pakistan in another war.

Red Planet Aug 07, 2016 09:00am

"Mr Chaudhry apprised his Iranian counterpart of the latest situation in India-held Kashmir, Mr. Chaudhary showed concern on Indian involvement in Chabahar." Do everything to irritate India and then complain India is not ready for a dialogue.

Sameer Aug 07, 2016 09:08am

Two ports only compliment each other if Iran confirms its land will not be used as a staging ground for neighbouring anti Pakistan intelligence. So far its has been unablr to keep itd word. China I am sure woulf love to be a part of Chabahar as well.

unknown Aug 07, 2016 11:22am

good news... Please don't back-stab them

Iftikhar Husain Aug 07, 2016 04:36pm

This is a good start that will bring the neighbour more near to solve each others problemn.

T H S Aug 07, 2016 05:24pm

IS has a presence in Afghanistan ,Yemen ,Libya ,Syria and Bangladesh and a highly likely chance of spreading in Pakistan " Iran understands the threat ,terrorism has no borders and no limits so terrorism next door should be addressed or sooner or later it will spread. Ideology and funding should be targeted and we shouldn't look to US to fight on our behalf.

NDA Aug 07, 2016 09:36pm

Did Pakistan raise the issue of Indian intelligence presence there and use of Iranian soil for covert operation in Pakistan. ??

Ravi Vancouver Aug 07, 2016 10:24pm

Pakistan has so far most successful in warding off IS in its country, India, Agghanistan and Bangladesh still struggling to contain IS. India has most number of Muslims participating in Syria for IS from this region. Pakistan is doing well, taking Iranian help to contain spread of IS is also a good strategy and diplomatic success for Pakistan.