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Stronger Pak-Iran defence ties to serve regional peace: Bajwa

Updated Mar 05, 2017 07:39am

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ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Saturday that stronger Pak-Iran defence ties would serve regional peace and stability.

Talking to Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost, the army chief said: “Enhanced Pak-Iran military-to-military cooperation will have positive impact on regional peace and stability.”

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the two discussed issues related to regional security and matters of mutual interest during the meeting.

“Pakistan Army greatly values historical relationship between the two brotherly countries which can never be compromised at any cost,” Gen Bajwa assured the envoy.

Pakistan and Iran have minimal defence ties because of deep-rooted mistrust resulting from their divergent alignment in regional and international politics. The relationship has been further complicated by the presence of groups on the Pakistani side of the border that carry out terrorist activities on the Iranian side. The two neighbours have struggled to come up with a mechanism to effectively deal with the issue.

Last month Defence Minister Khawaja Asif excused himself from visiting Iran for defence talks and the government had to send Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in his place along with Defence Secretary retired Lt Gen Zameerul Hassan Shah. Mr Aziz’s talks in Tehran were dominated by the border issue and it was agreed that meetings of the Border Security Commission would be convened to discuss measures for dealing with terrorists.

The 20th joint border commission meeting concluded on the evening of Feb 27 in the Iranian port city of Chahbahar. Islamabad and Tehran decided to set up three more immigration offices at the border between the two countries. They also decided to establish more markets at the border to generate economic activity for people living on both sides of the border.

Mr Honardoost appreciated the Pakistan government’s resolve and military’s Operation Raddul Fasaad for elimination of terrorism. The Pakistan Army, he noted, was contributing to regional peace and security.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organisation’s summit, had reaffirmed their “mutual desire to strengthen bilateral relations”.

Published in Dawn, March 5th, 2017

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Comments (21) Closed



S Prasad Mar 05, 2017 07:59am

'“Pakistan Army greatly values historical relationship between the two brotherly countries which can never be compromised at any cost,” Gen Bajwa assured the envoy.'

can we know the response from the Iranian side too?

haider shaikh Mar 05, 2017 08:16am

Pakistan, Iran and Turkey relations were friendly in heydays. Then came in Afghanistan war and Taliban policy, which strained the relations with Iran. Now the better sense has prevailed and Pakistan is getting back to mend ways with Iran. Turkey is already a good friend. Afghanistan can never be a trusted friend. Good decision.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Mar 05, 2017 08:51am

I am so happy that finally Pakistan has recognized who is our REAL friend. Long live Iran-Pakistan friendship!

maverik Mar 05, 2017 09:12am

Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran are a reality. Anyone who can't see this happening is either fooling himself, or fooling his country. Indian ambitions have isolated Afghanistan in the region.

Mukesh Mar 05, 2017 09:13am

What happened to the gas pipe line?

Hawk Mar 05, 2017 09:57am

good luck..?

Thought Mar 05, 2017 10:24am

@Mukesh don't worry

Syed zafar kazmi u.s.a Mar 05, 2017 10:26am

Words and words and only words with zero substantiation by any action. What an hypocrisy!

AW Mar 05, 2017 11:11am

Iran and Pakistan are natural partners in defense and trade. Both countries are bound by culture, history and social relationships. General Bajwa is correct in emphasizing the importance of close relationship between both countries for regional security and economic stability in recognition of facts and realities which have been denied and ignored for long time

jA-australia Mar 05, 2017 11:43am

Even though I am Shia, I wouldn't trust this Iranian government at all. They are very pro-India.

zs Mar 05, 2017 12:35pm

@jA-australia ...people like you are real patriots.

The end is near Mar 05, 2017 01:00pm

Pak-Iran friendship is a good gesture.

El Cid Mar 05, 2017 01:50pm

Pakistan + Iran + Turkey = Islamic Super Power!

kamal Mar 05, 2017 02:15pm

@Mukesh The US happened. India hardly matters.

sher Jang Gilgit Mar 05, 2017 02:51pm

The contours of the new security paradigm is emerging with these developments and thanks God for His mercy because our leaders are becoming insightful enough to forge the new dynamics of our chequred national interest. We must cherish the policy of hate for none and love for all amid the bitter realities of regional politics. Iran is a brotherly and a civilized country which can play it's due part in transforming the lives of millions of downtroden people if committed itself as a mediator for the neighboring countries. The people of the region are waiting that to happen sooner than later.

Aziz Mar 05, 2017 03:32pm

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain
The first lesson of history and international relations is that, there is no "REAL" friend. However, good relations with neighbors are very important than any other state of the world.

Niaz khan Mar 05, 2017 04:46pm

@S Prasad .we are Muslim brothers .no need of negitvity

Niaz khan Mar 05, 2017 04:52pm

@Mukesh .gas pipe is a reality. But what about chahbahar

reza Mar 05, 2017 05:50pm

Yes, It's a dream for every educated person in the region these three countries once united again! but in reality it's impossible.

Raja Farhat Abbas Mar 05, 2017 06:25pm

@Niaz khan ...Very good reply Khan Saab.

INDIAN LOVE Mar 06, 2017 02:43am

@jA-australia India has 128 crore peoples to consume Iranian crude oil whereas Pakistan has 20 crore consumer. India has big name & voice in global arena . These two are the big reason why every country wants friendly relationship with India . So don't blame on Iran its natural. In current world business & trade matters because it lift poverty & led to growing and stable country.