KARACHI: Iranian naval fleet docked at the Karachi port on Tuesday on a three-day visit to hold discussions on the regional political situation and matters of mutual interest, said a statement issued by Pakistan Navy.

Four Iranian Naval Ships — Lavan, Konarak, Falakhen and Khanjar — were received by the senior officials of Pakistan Navy and Iranian diplomats at the docks, the statement added.

"During the visit, the naval forces of both the countries will undertake joint drills in the Pakistani waters for three days."

Iranian naval vessels are on visit to Pakistan for the joint drills ahead of ‘Aman-17’ exercise, which the Pakistan Navy will host early next year.

Operational training activities and sports activities are also planned, said the statement by Pakistan Navy.

The visit of Iranian fleet is expected to promote peace and security in the region and enhance maritime collaboration between the two brotherly Islamic countries, read the statement.

The naval forces of Russia, China, Turkey and Iran are expected to participate in the annual international naval exercise 'Aman-17' next year.

The objective of the exercise is to exchange naval experiences and improve regional security.

The visit of Iranian fleet is expected to enhance maritime collaboration between the two brotherly Islamic countries. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
The visit of Iranian fleet is expected to enhance maritime collaboration between the two brotherly Islamic countries. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
Iranian naval vessels are on visit to Pakistan for the joint drills ahead of ‘Aman-17’ exercise.  —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
Iranian naval vessels are on visit to Pakistan for the joint drills ahead of ‘Aman-17’ exercise. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
Iranian naval fleet docks at the Karachi port. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
Iranian naval fleet docks at the Karachi port. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
Iranian naval fleet docks at the Karachi port. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
Iranian naval fleet docks at the Karachi port. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
The Iranian vessels were received by  officers and sailors of Pakistan Navy. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy
The Iranian vessels were received by officers and sailors of Pakistan Navy. —Photo courtesy Pak Navy


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Sep 27, 2016 11:38pm
With Indian cry to isolate Pakistan, all of a sudden non traditional partners like Russia and Iran have started joint military exercises with Pakistan, a concincidence may be
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Sep 28, 2016 12:15am
"Brothers forever"
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Sep 28, 2016 12:18am
It looks like India is getting more and more isolated now.
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Sep 28, 2016 12:21am
I thought Modi was isolating us ? Big talk, too bad the so called educated masses of India can't see beyond the rhetoric.
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Sep 28, 2016 12:22am
Pakistan is now truly Isolated...
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Sep 28, 2016 12:26am
India should try to insulate its naked Aggression in kashmir rather attempting to isolate pakistan.
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Sep 28, 2016 12:32am
We don't seem to be very isolated now do we? What do Indians make of this news, all fabrications?
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Anas Man
Sep 28, 2016 12:34am
Aren't Indian vessels docking in Iran? Doesn't Russia and Iran have security agreements with India?
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Sep 28, 2016 12:44am
Great move by Pakistan we need to improve our relationships with all especially iran who is our neighbors and brother muslims country we must foil all nefarious designed of India to isolate us
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Sep 28, 2016 01:40am
The Iranian vessels look more like fishing vessels (...as in 'fishing in troubled waters')...and why do two of those have water heaters on the masts???
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indian muslim
Sep 28, 2016 02:09am
and Modi ji wants to Isolate Pakistan. Hopefully his plan is working in a way it is Portrayed and bragged about back at home
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Hameed, Mumbai
Sep 28, 2016 02:23am
All Pakistani. Did you not hear news that every year Iran and Russia (this year starting from Oct 16) conduct joint drills? Seems like first time you guys get the opportunity so seems very excited!!!! Good for you but not mention its just a tiny drill and all went ga-ga over it.
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Syed Abbas
Sep 28, 2016 03:21am
Long live Iran Pakistan friendship. I hope and wish IRan Pakistan Russia and China can work together for the progress of the region.
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Sep 28, 2016 04:14am
Iran has always been a friend of pakistan. Pakistan should keep its brotherly ties with Iran and not come under saudi influence
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Sep 28, 2016 04:43am
@Shahid We are working with nations to prove we are not isolated,
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Sep 28, 2016 05:08am
Welcome on Pakistan
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Random Indian
Sep 28, 2016 05:31am
Nice old boats. Calling them ships will be incorrect. Total tonnage of all 4 ships is less than that of one modern corvette.
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Raja Ahmad Ibrahim
Sep 28, 2016 05:37am
Welcome My Brothers from honorable country Iran wish you best wishes brave nation. Salam from Pakistani brother.
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tanveer ashraf
Sep 28, 2016 06:08am
@Anas Man Did you think Iran a Muslim country will support you during War times, they have arrangements with you only for trade etc.
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Maher USA
Sep 28, 2016 06:50am
How Saudi bros gonna feel about it!
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Sep 28, 2016 07:10am
I always said Modi will sink India. Every new day is proving it.
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Pak Patriot
Sep 28, 2016 08:03am
A Defence nexus between China, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and Iran would be great for Regional Peace and Economic Prosperity. Iran must then stop cozying up to India on the Chabhar ? port. ..........Iran must think long term.
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nadir baloach
Sep 28, 2016 09:24am
Iran realized so fast that what is best in his interest..long live Pakistan & Iran friendship
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Sep 28, 2016 09:30am
Best time for Pakistan to Understand the difference between friends and foes
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Shafiq Ahmed
Sep 28, 2016 09:30am
Thank you Modi
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Mustafa R.
Sep 28, 2016 09:52am
@Anas Man; 'Don't Russia and Iran have security agreements with India? No, neither country has any significant security agreement with India.
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Mustafa R.
Sep 28, 2016 09:53am
Oh no, Modi magic is working, Pakistan is so isolated.
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Sep 28, 2016 09:56am
In yht 1970s, there used to naval exercises between Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, UK and USA. Now the last two have been replaced by Russia and China. Changing alignments.
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Sep 28, 2016 10:28am
@Maher USA They will understand our situation and the need for Pakistan to engage with Iran. For Pakistan it is very important to work closely with Iran in this region.
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Sep 28, 2016 02:51pm
India's attempt to isolate PK is another failed Mody foreign policy. lol Russia is here, Iran is here, US is still engaged and China is iron brother. Sure Bhutan, Afgh and Bangla can be bought to boycott for a few rupees. Good going India. Give dialogue and peace a thought instead of failed games.
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Atta Ayaz
Sep 28, 2016 06:10pm
@nadir baloach Yes bro Better late than never
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Sep 28, 2016 06:56pm
Great news; long overdue. It is critical that Pakistan build and strengthen ties with all those who are willing; specially those in the neighbor. India, which is trying to dig a pit for Pakistan, will eventually itself fall into it because sooner or the later its duplicitous, deceptive and simply spiteful nature will come up. Pakistan on the other hand should stay clear, objective, friendly and principled; good ties with everyone; preparedness and readiness to face off any aggression, and ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
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Sep 28, 2016 08:18pm
@SAFIUDDIN MOHAMMED Fishing vessels don't have howitzers installed in the front. Please educate yourself.
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Sep 28, 2016 10:30pm
Do you see the size of those three ships? Iran really looks like it's committed to this exercise
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Sep 29, 2016 02:02am
It's time for India to open its eyes. So much for isolation! Mr. Modi, are you awake?
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Usman Ali
Sep 29, 2016 08:31am
To revive the ancient silk route Russia, Kazakhtan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan & China need to integrate their banking, transportation and tarrifs if they do it will combine the resources of Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan with Russian & Chinese know how, Chinese manufacturing and capital with Pakistani low cost labour & agriculture, emerging markets in a Pakistan,Iran,Turkmenistan & Kazakhstan and European access via Turkey and African access via ports in Pakistan I see CPEC & the OBOR initiatives by China as realizing this
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Junaid Ahmed
Sep 29, 2016 11:05am
@Hameed, Mumbai It is no about GA GA, this is about Modi ji threatening Pakistan for isolation. Only achievements so far are Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, countries that really matter in foreign relations, right?
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Karachi Wala
Sep 29, 2016 12:58pm
Pakistan, Russia, China, Turkey and Iran will participate in Aman-17. The new block is being emerged - great news!
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Sep 29, 2016 02:02pm
A natural alliance taking shape in the region between China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, CIS and Turkey. India will eventually regret putting all its eggs in teh American basket...ask Pakistan we have been there and seen the horrible consequences.
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Sep 29, 2016 02:48pm
@Hameed, Mumbai the question was never of India having joint drills with these countries. The discussion is that India which wants t isolate Pakistan is failing miserably as even countries like Russia and Iran which r considered pro India are doing joint exercises and boosting relations with Pakistan
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Dr Ahmad
Sep 29, 2016 03:23pm
@Karachi Wala - Absolutely right.. that is New World Order. Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. How did you figure this out?
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Sep 29, 2016 07:02pm
Pakistan stands for "peace and friendship" with all, especially with the neighbors. We warmly welcome Iranian Navy ships for joint exercises with the Pakistan Navy. The US, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other navies have held regular exercises with the Pakistan Navy. This helps not just professional matters, but helps promote understanding and peace in the region.
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Sep 29, 2016 11:50pm
@nadir baloach 100% right Nadir! Iran has recently taken keen interest in joining multibillion CPEC project which will benefit not only China and Pakistan but also landlocked countries like Russia, Iran, Turkamanistan, Uzbek and others.
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Sep 30, 2016 02:10am
@mo wait and watch
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Hindutavi Rakshas
Sep 30, 2016 02:28am
Long live friendship & brotherhood of Iran and Pakistan.
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Akil Akhtar
Sep 30, 2016 05:56am
Soon the world will realise how unstable indian politicians are....
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Sep 30, 2016 07:23pm
We should maintain good relations with US also. If the US does not reciprocate, that is another matter. However, we need to have as many positive relationships as possible, but ultimately, have the strength to stand alone if required
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