PM Khan to visit Iran soon, Foreign Minister Qureshi says

In this file photo from August 31, 2018, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif can be seen in conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan at his office in Islamabad. – (PID)
Updated 15 April 2019
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PM Khan to visit Iran soon, Foreign Minister Qureshi says

  • This will be the premier's first trip to the country since assuming office last year
  • Bilateral ties between the two nations suffered a blow after a deadly attack in February

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Iran in the next few days, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during an interaction with the media in his home city of Multan on Sunday.

While Qureshi didn’t share any other details of the visit, media reports on Monday said that Khan was expected to be in Iran on April 21.
This will be PM Khan’s first visit to Iran since assuming office in August last year.
In recent months, bilateral ties  between both the countries suffered a blow after a deadly attack on the Revolutionary Guard killed 27 personnel in the Sistan-Baluchistan province in February this year.
Iranian officials accuse Pakistan of harbouring militant group Jaish Al-Adl which they allege is responsible for the attack. Pakistan has categorically denied all the allegations.
Islamabad is also deliberating over building a fence along the 959 km Iran-Pakistan border to curb illegal border crossings.
Last week, on the instructions of PM Khan, Pakistan had sent two C-130 planes with relief goods to Iran after heavy floods had killed at least 70 people and inundated hundreds of others.


Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

Updated 23 April 2019
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Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

  • Maulana Fazlur Rehman appreciates deep rooted bilateral ties
  • Saudi envoy says Kingdom values relationship with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The chief of one of Pakistan’s largest religious parties, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), met the Saudi ambassador to Islamabad on Tuesday, the embassy said, and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman met with Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan, at the ambassador’s office on Monday, the embassy said on Twitter.
According to the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Maulana Fazlur Rehman lauded deep-rooted brotherly rties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia while Ambassador Al-Malki said the Kingdom attached great importance to its relationship with Pakistan.
Earlier this month Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani, an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, visited Pakistan and met with the country’s top political and military leaders as well as religious clerics.