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Pakistan lodges protest with Iran over attack on FC convoy

KARACHI: Six Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom last night when around 30 terrorists ambushed an Frontier Corps convoy on patrolling duty along the Pakistan-Iran border. According to a statement issued by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal, fourteen other soldiers were also injured in the cowardly terrorist attack. He said four terrorists were killed in exchange of fire. The spokesperson said the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan was called to the Foreign Office to lodge a strong protest against the…

Rouhani stresses for greater cooperation between Pakistan, Iran

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday stressed for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in diverse fields including trade, commerce, energy and security. He was talking to Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser who called on him in Tehran on the sidelines of the second Speakers' Conference. The Iranian president said the two countries had deep links which were rooted in history and rich civilization. Read More: NA speaker says strong Pak-Iran relations imperative for prosperity in region The…

Iran’s Rouhani says sanctions may lead to drugs, refugee, bomb ‘deluge’

DUBAI: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani predicted a “deluge” of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if U.S. sanctions weaken Iran’s ability to contain them. “I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran’s ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected ... you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism,” Rouhani said in a speech carried live on state television. Separately, Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying that the United States is selling more arms…

Pakistan attaches immense importance to its fraternal relations with Iran: Asad Qaiser

TEHRAN: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Saturday said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its fraternal relations with Iran and wants to further cement the existing relations through enhanced parliamentary cooperation, ARY News reported. Talking to Speaker of Islamic Consultative Assembly of of Iran, Dr. Ali Larijani, who met him during the sideline meeting of the 2ndSpeakers’ Conference held in Tehran, Asad Qaiser said both Pakistan and Iran were intertwined in bonds of religion, history, culture and…

Pakistan denounces terror attack in Iran’s city of Chahbahar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly denounced a terrorist attack in Iranian port city of Chahbahar, that claimed lives of at least three innocent people while injuring forty others. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, in a tweet message had strongly condemned the terrorism in Iran's port city of Chahbahar. Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist car bomb attack in Chahbahar in brotherly neighbouring Iran that has taken lives of 3 innocent people while injuring others. Pakistan condemns Terrorism. Concerted…

India to pay in rupees for oil imports from Iran: source

NEW DELHI: India will import crude oil from Iran using a rupee-based payment mechanism, an industry source involved in discussions told Reuters on Thursday, adding that 50 percent of those payments will be used for exporting items to Tehran. India’s state-owned UCO Bank is expected to announce the payment mechanism in the next 10 days, the source said. “An agreement had been signed by the Indian and Iranian government on Nov. 2 2018 for oil payment in rupees and 50 percent of those funds had been earmarked for…

Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance trade ties, railway connectivity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance their trade relations and improve railway connectivity. The understanding came at the tenth round of Pak-Iran Political Consultations in Islamabad. The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and the Iranian side by its Deputy Foreign Minister Syed Abbas Araghchi. Measures to enhance bilateral trade to achieve the annual target of US$5billion through facilitation of business communities, scaling down of trade barriers and speedy progress on…

Foreign minister emphasises stronger bilateral relations with Iran

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has emphasized on strengthening bilateral ties in various fields of mutual interest between Pakistan and Iran. He said this while talking to Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi  who called on him in Islamabad on Monday. Abbas Araghchi  is visiting Pakistan to attend the 10th bilateral political consultative meeting at the foreign secretary level. Read More: Iran ready to collaborate with Pakistan in fight against terrorism During the meeting, the Iranian…

Iran says it will continue missile tests after U.S. allegation

DUBAI: Iran said on Sunday it would continue missile tests to build up its defences and denied this was in breach of U.N. resolutions following U.S. allegations that Tehran had tested a new missile capable of carrying multiple warheads. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he called Iran’s testing of a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of the 2015 international agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme, from which Washington has withdrawn. “Missile tests ... are carried out for…

Iran’s nuclear chief warns EU patience is running thin

BRUSSELS: Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday he was warning the European Union’s top diplomat that Tehran’s patience was running out on the bloc’s pledges to keep up oil trade despite U.S. sanctions. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, said the Islamic Republic could resume its 20 percent uranium enrichment if it fails to see the economic benefit of the 2015 deal that placed curbs on its nuclear program. “If we cannot sell our oil and we don’t enjoy financial transactions, then I don’t think…