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Speaker Asad Qaisar meets Iranian President, counterpart in Tehran

1397/9/18 | 05:40
Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar held meetings with Iranian counterpart Dr Ali Larijani and Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of six-nation Speakers Conference II held in Tehran. "> In the meetings, they pledged to reinforce cooperation in fighting terrorism given that both have been victims of terrorist attacks over the past years. They agreed that terrorist groups had caused damage to many countries in the region and should therefore be countered through a joint action by all. They called for boosting ...

US accuses Huawei CFO of Iran sanctions cover-up

1397/9/18 | 05:40
    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer faces US accusations that she covered up her company’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions, a Canadian prosecutor said on Friday, arguing against giving her bail while she awaits extradition. The case against Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the founder of Huawei, stems from a 2013 Reuters report about the company’s close ties to Hong Kong-based Skycom Tech Co Ltd, which attempted to sell US equipment to Iran despite ...

Iran, Russia stress support for private sectors in sanctions era

1397/9/18 | 05:40
President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Sergey Katyrin, met with his Iranian counterpart Gholamhossein Shafe’ei on Saturday in Tehran, during which the two sides discussed coordinated efforts for the holding of Iran-Russia’s annual trade forum. The Russian side maintained that oil and gas, agriculture, foodstuff, transport and logistics are among the main areas of cooperation on which the two countries’ private sectors can confer during the upcoming Iran-Russia’s trade forum. The Iranian side, ...

Chabahar rocked by Bomb attack: 3 killed

1397/9/15 | 05:40
    A suicide bomber killed at least two people and wounded many more outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar in restive southeastern Iran on Thursday, according to a revised official toll. Chabahar lies in Sistan-Baluchistan province which has long been a flashpoint, with Baluchi separatists and Sunni Muslim militants carrying out cross-border attacks targeting the Shiite authorities. “This terrorist act led to the martyrdom of two members of the police force,” the province’s deputy governor in charge ...

US official: Military action on the table against Iran

1397/9/10 | 05:40
  The Trump administration says military action against Iran could be possible should US sanctions against the country fail to curb Tehran from threatening Washington's interests. The threat by Brian Hook, the US State Department's director of policy planning and head of Iran Action Group, on Thursday came a day after Tehran asserted that it did not seek a war with any other nation. "We have been very clear with the Iranian regime that we will not hesitate to use military force when our interests are threatened," Hook said. "I ...

Pakistanis largely visit Iranian stall at Foreign Ministry Charity Bazaar

1397/9/7 | 05:40
  The Iranian stall established at the Pakistan’s foreign ministry charity bazaar drew a large number of people because of display of rich Iranian culture and delicious cuisine. Foreign ambassadors, diplomats, Pakistani officials and citizens were among the visitors of the Iranian stall. The visitors praised the rich Iranian culture and enjoyed the traditional Iranian food.   The event was organized by Pakistan Foreign Office Women’s Association (PFOWA) bringing together a vast mix of cultural diversity from different countries. ...

What U.S sanctions? Qatar expands flight operation in Iran

1397/9/7 | 05:40
Qatar Airways has announced that it is expanding its operation into the third city of Iran, Isfahan, with weekly two flights. The announcement has come at a time when the latest round of U.S sanctions over Iran has made some aviation giants like Air France, British Airways and KLM terminate their flight operations in Iran. “These latest launches are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ commitment to Iran,” said Akbar al-Baker, the airline’s group chief executive. Qatar Airways– filling in the wedge caused by other airlines– are going ...

Iran’s President Rouhani urges Muslim unity against US, Israel

1397/9/4 | 05:40
  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Muslim nations to unite and stand against hostile policies of the US and Israel. Rouhani told an annual international conference on Islamic unity in Tehran Saturday that Muslims have no way but to remain united in order to achieve victory over the US and fight its blatant oppression. "Today, the Muslim world is alone and Muslims should join hands. Relying on outsiders is the biggest historical mistake," he told more than 350 Muslim politicians and scholars from 100 countries attending the ...

China to resume imports of oil from Iran soon

1397/9/3 | 05:40
  China is said to be preparing to resume imports of crude oil from Iran in what analysts say could allay fears that US sanctions on the major producer would constrain global supplies. Bloomberg quoted informed people as saying that China would start loading as much as 360,000 barrels per day of Iranian crude oil again before the end of November after a hiatus of a month caused by the newly imposed US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Asia’s largest buyer of Iranian oil was one of a handful of countries that was exempted by Washington ...

Punjab and Iranian Universities sign MoU for Science and Technology cooperation

1397/9/2 | 05:40
  [caption id="attachment_68587" align="alignnone" width="900"] تفاهم[/caption] Payame Noor University of Iran and Pakistan’s University of Punjab have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation especially in the field of science and technology.   The MoU was signed during a visit made by President of Payame Noor University Mohammad Reza Zamani to Pakistan. Zamani and Vice Chancellor of University of Punjab University Niaz Ahmad Akhtar signed the MoU at a special ceremony in Lahore. According to ...

Iranian forces freed from Pakistan-based terrorists' captivity return home

1397/9/2 | 05:40
  The Iranian forces, who were recently released from the captivity of Pakistan-based terrorists, return home safe and sound. Thanks to “hard work and interactions with the Pakistani side” five of the 12 forces, who were kidnapped last month by the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terror group, are back home, said Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in a statement on Thursday. The IRGC statement also stressed that efforts will continue to secure release the remaining Iranian captives, appreciating the patience of the abductees' ...

US bases in Emirates, Qatar, Afghanistan will not escape Iran missiles

1397/9/1 | 05:40
  Joint military exercises hostile, possible deployment of Saudo-Emirati military Deir ez-Zor, transfer of Daesh in Afghanistan and their pile near the Iranian borders, it was high time that the IRGC warns the United States against their actions that could cost them dearly.   The commander of the aerospace forces of the Guards Corps of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) said Wednesday, November 21, that US bases in Afghanistan, the Emirates and Qatar as well as UAVs and US planes are in the line of fire. Iran. ...

Israeli high school grooming students to become Iran spies

1397/9/1 | 05:40
  Israel's only high school teaching Farsi language is using the course to help the regime's intelligence agencies train agents who can spy on Iran. Developed by retired Israeli general Pini Shmilovich, the “Iran, Security and Intelligence” program at Ben Gurion High School in the central city of Petah Tikva offers specialized courses in understanding Iranian culture and government system, according to a report by Voice Of America (VOA). The course also indoctrinates the 16- and 17-year-old teens with propaganda about how Iran is ...

Iran says ready to fight terror on Pakistani soil

1397/8/27 | 05:40
  Iran says it is prepared to carry out anti-terror operations on Pakistani soil under Islamabad’s supervision. “As the interior minister and the person responsible for the country’s internal security, I announce that we are prepared to conduct operations in areas where terrorists are present in Pakistan, under the Pakistani side’s supervision and with their permission,” Interior Minister Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli said on Saturday. Fazli said such operations would take place “if the need arises, and they (the Pakistani side) ...

Pakistani security forces recover 5 abducted Iranian guards

1397/8/24 | 05:40
  Pakistani security forces on Thursday safely recovered five of the 12 Iranian border guards who were abducted by militants last month from Lulakdan area near the Pak-Iran border. The Foreign Office has said that the recovered security personnel “are in good health and being handed over to the Iranian authorities. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency, quoting Iran's Revolutionary Guard Chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari, also confirmed the development, saying five border guards abducted have been released. “Concerted efforts under ...

Baluchistan under fifth generation warfare

1397/8/24 | 05:40
  Baluchistan, the El-dorado of Pakistan and a province of highly geo-strategic, geo-economic and geo-political importance seems to be witnessing fifth generation warfare. In fact, this war has been choreographed by our adversaries to destabilize whole Pakistan whereas Baluchistan, as it provides the fertile ground to sow the seeds of such war has been opted as a launching pad to initiate this non-conventional-cum- lethal fight against our beloved country. Here the question arises, what is fifth generation warfare and how it is different ...

US to squeeze Iranians 'very hard': John Bolton

1397/8/23 | 05:40
  US National Security Adviser John Bolton says his country will keep up pressure on Iran after imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic early this month. Bolton said on Tuesday that Washington’s ultimate aim was to zero Iran’s oil exports despite backing down on the pledge after eight importers were given waivers when the sanctions took effect on Nov. 5. "The objective has been from the beginning to get oil exports from Iran down to zero," Bolton said. "It is our intention to squeeze them very hard. As the British say: 'Squeeze ...

Pakistan invites Iran for talks on shelved IP gasline project

1397/8/22 | 05:40
  In a new development, the PTI government has decided to kick off parleys on Iran-Pakistan (I-P) gas line project that got shelved by the previous government in 2016, and, to this effect, Federal Minister for Petroleum Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan has written a letter to his Iranian counterpart seeking resumption of the talks on the said gas pipeline. According to a top official, the petroleum minister on November 6 wrote a letter to his Iranian counterpart asking for initiation of the stalled talks on the project at a joint working group ...

Tehran had 'credible information' about Saudi plot to assassinate top Iranian officials: Zarif

1397/8/22 | 05:40
  Iran knew about Saudi Arabia’s plans to assassinate senior Iranian officials, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed. "Tehran had credible information on this," Zarif said in an interview, which will be published in full on Tuesday. His comments came after a Sunday report by The New York Times, revealing a March 2017 meeting in Riyadh to assassinate Iranian officials, namely Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani. The meeting brought together businessmen that also “pitched a $2 billion plan ...

Brazil will stand with Iran in face of US sanctions: Ex-president

1397/8/21 | 05:40
  Former President Fernando Collor de Mello says Brazil will stand with Iran like other member states of BRICS, the association of five major emerging economies, in the face of US sanctions. Collor de Mello, currently the head of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Defense at Brazil's Federal Senate, made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran late Saturday. The senator stressed that Brazil like other BRICS members - namely Russia, India, China and South Africa - stands by Iran and ...

Top Saudis discussed assassinating Iran’s General Soleimani in 2017, sources tell NY Times

1397/8/21 | 05:40
  Saudi Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, who has allegedly been fired over killing of Jamal Khashoggi, took part at a meeting in Riyadh in 2017 that involved plans to assassinate the kingdom’s “determined enemy,” Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani as well as sabotaging Iran’s economy, The New York Times reports, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The March 2017 meeting in Riyadh, brought together businessmen that “pitched a $2 billion plan to use private intelligence operatives to sabotage the Iranian economy,” ...

Iran’s master plan to isolate the US

1397/8/20 | 05:40
The new kids on the block are unaware that not a year had passed since the Islamic Revolution in Iran 40 years ago when US sanctions against that country wasn’t a fact of life. Iran has weathered multiple rounds of sanctions before. As a BBC commentary put it, “Iranians will be forced into finding creative ways to sell oil, relying on their years of experience of life under previous sanctions. And to fill the gap left by lost European investment, Iran will be looking east to forge new links with Russia and China.” This is also the signal ...

Why Muhammad Bin Salman hates Iran?

1397/8/20 | 05:40
  All cold wars have the potential to suddenly turn hot, probably only for a moment before the leaderships ‘turn off the war’. This risk exists in the case of Saudi/GCC versus Iran.” Michael Knights In Middle Eastern geopolitics, Saudi Arabia and Iran are the key strategic rivals; each trying to have ascendancy over the other and thereby establish hegemony in the region. The rivalry between the two countries is premised on religious, political, and economic antagonism. Iran’s first supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini backed Shia ...

Khashoggi killed for disclosing Saudi funding of anti-Iran TV channel: Guardian

1397/8/19 | 05:40
  Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, might have lost his life for disclosing Riyadh’s funding of an anti-Iran UK-based TV channel, the British daily Guardian suggests. In a report on Oct. 2, the Guardian cited a source close to the Saudi government as saying that the anti-Iran London-based TV channel Iran International received an estimated $250m (£192m) from the Saudi royal court each year. Now the Guardian correspondent, in a Friday tweet, has revealed that ...

The Saudi Prince and the growing Iranophobia

1397/8/18 | 05:40
  All cold wars have the potential to suddenly turn hot, probably only for a moment before the leaderships ‘turn off the war’. This risk exists in the case of Saudi/GCC versus Iran.” Michael Knights In Middle Eastern geopolitics, Saudi Arabia and Iran are the key strategic rivals; each trying to have ascendancy over the other and thereby establish hegemony in the region. The rivalry between the two countries is premised on religious, political, and economic antagonism. Iran’s first supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini backed Shia ...

Iranians mark Prophet Muhammad’s passing anniversary

1397/8/17 | 05:40
  Iranians are holding mourning rituals nationwide to mark the anniversaries of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s passing as well as the martyrdom of his grandson, Imam Hassan (PBUH), the second Shia Imam. The 28th day of the month of Safar (the second month in the lunar calendar) marks the passing away of Islam's Prophet and Imam Hassan. The black-clad faithful gather in mosques, places of worship and religious sites to listen to eulogies delivered in honor of the revered figures. Prophet Muhammad was born in about 570 AD in the holy city ...

Pakistan can mediate in Yemen war if stakeholders agree, says PM

1397/8/16 | 05:40
  Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Ambassador of Yemen Mohammed Mohatar Alashabi in Islamabad on Monday. According to reports, relations between the two countries and peace in the Middle-East was discussed between the two. The premier emphasised Pakistan’s desire to see a peaceful resolution to the war in Yemen, reports further suggest. PM Imran also laid out Pakistan’s willingness to be a mediator in the conflict if stakeholders are in agreement. The premier had previously said that the country would mediate in the conflict between ...

Can Iran sustain US tough sanctions?

1397/8/15 | 05:40
No country would be keen to step in Iran’s shoes these days, for after the resumption of wide-ranging US sanctions on Monday, that footwear has become extremely ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Iran, already ringed physically and politically by hostile, unstable or infighting regional Arab states, now also faces the spectre of an economic meltdown.   President Trump and the powerful hawks surrounding him appear hell-bent on bringing Iran to its knees and the negotiating table on their own terms, but having failed to achieve this goal militarily ...

Taliban attack Afghan government post near Iran border, killing 20 troops

1397/8/15 | 05:40
  Taliban militants attacked a border outpost in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 20 government soldiers in the latest assault likely to compound fears that the security forces are facing an unsustainable casualty toll. Sparsely populated Farah, on the border with Iran, has seen months of heavy fighting, with hundreds police and soldiers killed. The Taliban threatened to seize the provincial capital in May. In the latest violence in the province, the insurgents assaulted the border post manned by about 50 Afghan government soldiers ...

US imposes ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran

1397/8/14 | 05:40
  The United States is reimposing punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors in what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called “the toughest sanctions ever placed” against Iran. Taking effect Monday, the measures are the most concrete result yet of US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision in May to abandon the multi-nation nuclear deal with Tehran. They will directly affect companies from third countries doing business with Iran. They could upset world oil markets, though the US has granted temporary ...

Netanyahu admits Israel behind Europe’s row with Iran over murder plot allegations

1397/8/12 | 05:40
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that Israel is behind what Iran calls "false flags" in Europe where Tehran has been accused of assassination plans. Netanyahu on Thursday claimed that Israel had recently revealed a number of “Iranian plots to carry out attacks on European soil.” Speaking to reporters after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart in Sofia, Netanyahu said he had “warned” Europe of what he called “possible Iranian attacks on its soil.” He did not provide further details, but his comments could be a sign ...

Pakistan offers Iran coordinated operations to preempt terrorist attacks

1397/8/10 | 05:40
  Pakistan  offered coordinated security operations to Iran along the border to prevent terrorist activities.   Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, while talking to Iranian journalists at the end of his day-long visit to Islamabad, said: “Pakistani authorities have proposed coordinated operations [to pre-empt terrorist incidents in future]. There appears to be a consensus within Pakistan that such incidents should not be allowed to recur so that those elements opposed to relations between the two neighbouring Islamic countries ...

India, Iran, Russia push alternative to Suez Canal

1397/8/10 | 05:40
  India, Iran and Russia will meet next month to discuss the operation of a 7,200 km trade and transport corridor that presents a cheaper and shorter alternative to the traditional route through the Suez Canal. The International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a multimode network of sea and rail routes, will link the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf via Iran to Russia and North Europe. The project comes in the backdrop of China’s multi-trillion-dollar One Belt One Road initiative. Within Iran, the two routes overlap in a potential ...

Iranian FM arrives to discuss issue of abducted border guards

1397/8/9 | 05:40
  Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reached Pakistan today night on an unscheduled trip to follow up on the issue of abducted border guards and discuss “certain regional developments”, according to diplomatic sources. Mr Zarif, besides holding a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, is expected to call on Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa during his one-day trip. Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost met FM Qureshi on Tuesday to discuss the hurriedly planned trip of Mr Zarif. Foreign ...

Almost 2 million Iranian pilgrims head into Iraq for Arbaeen

1397/8/7 | 05:40
  At the border town of Mehran between Iran and Iraq, a sea of pilgrims surges forwards, en route to one of the biggest religious pilgrimages on the planet. Iranian organisers say more than 1.8 million Iraqi visas have been issued for Iranians this year for the Arbaeen pilgrimage which culminates on Tuesday as the devout head, many by foot, to Karbala and one of the holiest sites of Shiite Islam, the shrine of Imam Hussein. Men and women, young and old, toddlers in prams and elderly pushed in wheelchairs — they converge from all over ...

India, Afghanistan defy US on Iran’s Chabahar plan

1397/8/3 | 05:40
  India and Afghanistan are pushing ahead with plans to open a new transportation corridor between the two countries via Iran’s strategic port of Chabahar despite US sanctions. New Delhi sees the port crucial to its connectivity ambitions, including access to CIS countries - a regional organization of 10 post-Soviet republics in Eurasia. For landlocked Afghanistan, the corridor means opening the way for billions of dollars in trade and cutting the country’s dependence on foreigners for aid as well as stemming the illicit opium trade. The ...

Riyadh admits it can’t compensate for Iranian oil

1397/8/1 | 05:40
  Saudi energy minister says his country would not be able to compensate for possible oil disappearance from global markets once the US re-imposes its sanctions against Iran. Speaking in a Monday interview with Russian news agency TASS, Khalid al-Falih said Saudi Arabia will have to use its oil reserves if it wants to cover 3 million barrels per day of oil loss from Iran. However, he added, there is no guarantee that oil prices would not go higher once anti-Iran sanctions come into force in early November. Al-Falih’s remarks flatly ...

Will Imran Khan bring much-promised change

1397/7/29 | 05:40
  Old habits die hard’ is an age old saying. Adult changes are almost impossible as it involves a lot of unlearning. If Kaptaan is able to deliver new trends with the help of the old it will be a major breakthrough and the first known case in human history. That is why revolutions happen to overcome the inertia. In the 20th century, three of them took place (Bolshevik, Chinese, Iranian) together with two world wars. Now we are in the 18th year of the 21st century unless major changes take place another major upheaval is around the corner. ...

Iran demands Pakistan secure immediate release of abducted security forces

1397/7/29 | 05:40
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has demanded that Islamabad push for the release of a number of Iranian forces abducted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on the border with Pakistan. "Based on agreements [signed] between the Armed Forces of the two countries to ensure security of common borders, we expect the Pakistani Armed Forces to adopt the necessary preparations and push for the immediate release of the abducted [Iranian] soldiers and border guards," Baqeri said in a phone call ...

Iran and the US Confrontation: What can Pakistan do?

1397/7/28 | 05:40
The EU, France, Germany, China, and Russia; signatories of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the IAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the monitoring and inspections to ensure that Iran is abiding by the terms of the JCPOA- are all agreed, with the notable exception of the U.S, that Iran is abiding by the terms of the agreement and there is, therefore, no justification for any signatory to renege on the agreement or to call for its renegotiation. All have been brave in their words but the reality on ground belies these ...

US needs Saudi as counterbalance to Iran: Trump

1397/7/28 | 05:40
  US President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia functions as a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East region and this has put Washington in a “complex” situation with regards to Riyadh’s explanation about dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death. “They [Saudis] have been a great ally in the Middle East. We need them as a counter-balance to Iran. So it's not the simplest solution. It's not the simplest situation to be in,” Trump said Friday. The remarks came after Riyadh admitted that Khashoggi, who had gone missing after ...

Iran wants stronger trade, economic ties with Pakistan: Iranian Consul General

1397/7/28 | 05:40
  Consul General of Iran Reza Nazeri has said that Iran wants stronger trade and economic ties with Pakistan, read a press release issued here on Friday. He stressed the need of barter trade, saying the move should be encouraged as it will be equally beneficial for both the countries. These views were expressed by Iran Consul General Reza Nazeri while addressing business community at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday. He was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Thursday. LCCI President ...

Iran assured of help in tracing abducted guards

1397/7/25 | 05:40
  The Fore­ign Office on Tuesday assured Iran of Pakistan’s cooperation in tracing some of its guards who were abducted near the border between the two countries earlier in the day. “No effort will be spared to assist our Iranian brothers in finding the Iranian guards,” the FO said in a statement issued late in the evening after Tehran protested over the kidnapping of its guards from a region bordering Pakistan and sought cooperation for their recovery. The border guards were kidnapped by militants from a post in Mirjaveh region ...

India, Iran to speed up Chabahar plan before US bans

1397/7/24 | 05:40
Indian media have quoted informed officials as saying that the country plans to speed up the development of Iran’s Chabahar port before the new round of US sanctions against Tehran are put into place. The Economic Times quoted unidentified officials as saying that Tehran and New Delhi would rush to complete the first berth of Chabahar port to make it operational within the next weeks. Earlier reports said that India had pledged $500 million for the port, which would become operational by 2019. The port would allow Indian shipments to bypass ...

Iran embassy in Ankara evacuated after 'bomb warning'

1397/7/23 | 05:40
  Iran's envoy to Turkey was evacuated from the embassy in Ankara Today after a warning of a possible bomb threat, local media reported. The mission in the Turkish capital had been given an intelligence warning of a possible suicide bomb attack, DHA news agency reported, without giving further details. Police conducted searches of cars close to the embassy after the road was shut off, an AFP photographer said. Turkey was hit by a series of terror attacks in 2015 and 2016 blamed on Kurdish militants and the militant Islamic State (IS) ...

Saudi source: Reconciliation with Iran possible if sanctions imposed

1397/7/23 | 05:40
  As global pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia to hold the kingdom responsible over the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report indicates that Riyadh is preparing a list of countermeasures, including reconciliation with Iran, to push back against possible punishments. Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya news network reported Sunday that the kingdom’s officials had thought of “over 30 measures” as part of their preventive plan. The report, written by the network’s General Manager Turki Aldakhil, stated: “Imposing any ...

Pakistan will continue to trade with Iran in own interest despite US sanctions

1397/7/20 | 05:40
  Pakistan opposed unilateral sanctions imposed by the US on Iran saying that it would continue to trade with Iran in own interest.   Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal while replying to a question at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad said that Pakistan in principle is opposed to coercive economic sanctions which affect the human development and add to the poverty of not only a specific country but the entire region. He added that sanctions limit the economic opportunities and suffocate regional trade. “We ...

Minister sees 8 months halt every year if Pakistan-Iran ferry service launched

1397/7/19 | 05:40
  Pakistan’s Minister of Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi says that ferries can’t run from March to October because of the rough seas as we have two wind corridors from east to west and north to south but we are trying to solve the issue.   In an interview he said that there is also a plan to start ferry service between Pakistani and Iranian ports but there are certain challenges. He said there is lot of scope of cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in all sectors. He said trade opportunities between Iran and Pakistan ...

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions

1397/7/17 | 05:40
  Qatar Airways Group has expressed its commitment to continuing flights to Iran, saying it will not be affected by the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Addressing a high-profile business conference in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, the airline's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on Iran by the United States. "Aviation is not a sanctioned industry, Qatar Airways will continue to operate into the cities we are currently operating in ...

Pakistan ex-minister suggests to enhance trade ties with Iran

1397/7/16 | 05:40
  Pakistan has no other option but to enhance trade ties with Iran, Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik said in a recent interview in which he emphasized that Pakistan has to watch for its own interests and if we watch our own interests, neighbors are more important, more than anybody else.   “I think interaction between the two countries is very important to enhance bilateral ties”, the senator of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) said, referring to frequent high-level exchange of visits between the two friendly countries. Malik ...