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Iran and Pakistan will cooperate on energy projects, such as the IP Gas Pipeline

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The three-day official visit between Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Pakistan’s Foreign Office concluded on Wednesday with a joint statement stating that both countries “reiterated the importance of cooperation in the energy domain, including trade in electricity, power transmission lines, and IP Gas Pipeline Project.”

Through cooperative development-oriented economic projects, such as the establishment of cooperative border markets, economic free zones, and new border openings, the two sides “affirmed their commitment to transform their common border from a “border of peace” to a “border of prosperity” and agreed to further expand trade and economic cooperation,” according to the statement.

They decided to increase their bilateral trade to $10 billion over the following five years during extensive meetings between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Raisi on a variety of topics.

In particular, they emphasised the significance of a collaborative regional economic and connectivity model and a long-term, stable economic relationship for the socioeconomic development of Pakistan’s Balochistan province and Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan.

A REGULAR THREAT IS TERRORISM.

As a shared threat to regional peace and stability and a significant barrier to the region’s development, Pakistan and Iran denounced terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations.

In order to effectively combat and counter this threat, they decided to employ a cooperative strategy that fully upholds the UN Charter’s core values, especially those of member state sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also decided to make use of the bilateral institutional mechanisms already in place to do so. Expanded economic and commercial prospects have been seen by both parties as a critical factor in enhancing the security in border areas.

In addition, they reaffirmed how critical it is for political, military, and security authorities in the two nations to regularly collaborate and share perspectives in order to counter dangers including kidnapping, terrorism, drug trafficking, and money laundering.

The Afghanistan

In the face of dangers from terrorism and drug trafficking, both parties reaffirmed their commitment to seeing Afghanistan grow into a sovereign, independent, peaceful, and united nation.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to further up counterterrorism and security cooperation and forging a unified front against terrorism, noting that the presence of terrorist organisations in Afghanistan constitutes a severe danger to regional and global security.

Although acknowledging Afghanistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the parties agreed that a greater involvement of Afghans from all social classes in fundamental decision-making processes would reinforce the nation’s peace and stability.

BRICK TRADE

A complete agreement to fully operationalize barter trade mechanisms to promote economic and commercial activity is also mentioned in the joint statement. This is especially important for ongoing cooperative projects like border sustenance markets, which would improve the financial circumstances of locals and advance border security.

LINKAGE AND COLLECTIVENESS

In order to foster connectivity within their own nations as well as with the larger region, Pakistan and Iran emphasised the significance of utilising their unique geographic configurations.

Pakistan and Iran, as participants in the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their cooperation in the fields of energy, infrastructure development, and connectivity. The sister ports of Gwadar and Chahbahar will have more strong, mutually advantageous ties added, as agreed upon by the two nations.

The significance of the prompt resumption of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group’s activities was emphasised, as both parties acknowledged the SCO’s role as a crucial forum for regional security and development in coordinating efforts to uphold stability and foster economic relations.

PAYING OUT DISPUTES PEACEFULLY

The joint statement said, “Taking note of developments at regional and global levels, both sides stressed the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes through dialogue and diplomacy to find mutually acceptable solutions to common challenges.”

Respecting international law and the will of the people living in that region, all parties emphasised the necessity of resolving the Kashmir dispute amicably and through discussion.

IRALI AGGRESSION

At the same time, the nations declared their unequivocal and firm condemnation of the ongoing aggression and crimes against the Palestinian people by the Israeli regime, as well as the cruel blockade of Gaza that has caused millions of Palestinians to be displaced and cause a great deal of death and destruction.

A ceasefire that is both immediate and unconditional, unhindered humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza population, the repatriation of Palestinian refugees, and the holding of the Israeli state accountable for its crimes were among their demands.

In line with the goals of the Palestinian people, they reaffirmed their support for an equitable, all-encompassing, and long-lasting solution.

The attack on the consular section of the Iranian embassy in Damascus was also severely denounced by all parties as an intolerable infringement on Syria’s sovereignty and a threat to the country’s stability and security.

Understanding that the careless behaviour of the Israeli regime forces was a significant exacerbation in a volatile area, both parties appealed to the UN Security Council to stop the Israeli regime from encroaching on neighbouring territories and attacking foreign diplomatic establishments.

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US envoy urges deeper strengthening of relations with Pakistan

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The significance of strengthening relations with Pakistan was highlighted by US Ambassador Donald Blome on Thursday.

Blome visited the Chaukhandi cemetery in Karachi, based on the information. President Donald Blome and other delegates were cordially welcomed by Sindh Minister of Culture and Tourism Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah on this particular occasion.

Narendra Kumar, Heather Murphy, and Zahra Hajiani were among the delegation members who visited Chaukhandi Graveyard’s historic tombs with the American envoy, Acting Consul General Jimmy Mauldin.

Highlighting the rich historical significance of Chaukhandi graveyard, Minister Zulfiqar Ali Shah shared his ideas with the US ambassador.

Blome highlighted the Chaukhandi tombs for their exquisite craftsmanship and architectural design. He promised to help Pakistani visitors with their visa requirements.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), he promised to promote the nation’s historical sites.

In the meantime, Shah stated, “The Sindh government is taking steps to provide all sorts of facilities to the tourists.”

Pakistan will receive additional assistance from the US to lower methane gas emissions.

The US decided to help Pakistan lower its methane gas emissions earlier this month.

At a USAID Climate Financing event, US Ambassador Blome stated: “We are working very hard to lower methane gas emissions from dairy farming. The Green Climate Fund in Pakistan will be consulted for funding this initiative.”

“As of 2030, there are global efforts to reduce the temperature by 1 degree Celsius. The US-Pakistan Green Alliance is being followed by the collaboration with Pakistan, according to Blome.

“The problems can only be addressed by providing the stakeholders with financial and technical resources,” he continued.

The government’s first aim is to revitalise the cattle industry, according to Federal Secretary Dr. Fakhre Alam. Raising dairy farming’s production capacity will help it overcome its environmental problems.”

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Shehbaz travels to the UAE in order to strengthen trade relations.

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This visit, which is being accompanied by a high-level delegation made up of important ministers such as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Commerce Minister Jam Kamal, Information Minister Ataullah Tarar, and advisor Tariq Fatemi, is intended to strengthen bilateral ties and expand cooperation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Sharif will visit President Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. The high-level gathering will cover Pakistani and UAE bilateral relations, with an emphasis on commerce and investment.

Along with exploring strategic alliances and shared interests that can help their respective nations, they are also expected to concentrate on talking about ways to advance collaboration across a range of industries.

Prime Minister Sharif has talks planned with other Emirati leaders, businesspeople, and heads of financial organisations in addition to his diplomatic engagements. In an effort to promote economic cooperation and draw in investment, he is also scheduled to meet with businessmen and investors from Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The Shehbaz intends to encourage UAE companies to extend their operations into the Pakistani market by interacting with influential businesspeople and highlighting investment prospects in Pakistan.

These exchanges will offer a forum for talking about doable ways to strengthen business relations and carry out initiatives that will benefit both parties. Pakistan’s determination to enhance its political and economic ties with the United Arab Emirates is demonstrated by the visit.

After ending his day-long journey to Iran to offer condolences for the terrible death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has returned to Pakistan.

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Memon accuses temporary government of ‘delaying’ the BRT Red Line project

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On Thursday, Sindh Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon accused the interim administration of “delaying” the Red Line project of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Memon stated what he thought, saying, “The BRT Red Line project was mission impossible. However, the project has now begun to be worked on.”

“The reason government is formed is to solve the issues that the people face. “The government is working tirelessly to bring relief to the masses,” he declared.

Memon declared, “It’s also being done about the unlawful bus stands. The passengers will have access to shuttle service from us.”

“A large number of transport projects have already begun. “We aim to ensure that every individual receives a chance to work,” he continued.

Pakistan was ‘started to damage’ by the founder of PTI.

Memon reported on Thursday that a campaign to hurt the nation was started by the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Memon said at a Karachi event: “Israel discusses the human rights violations in Pakistan. Israel, a party to the Palestinian holocaust, is endorsing the PTI’s founder. Israel has provided election funding to the PTI’s founder.”

“The worst election tampering in 2018 produced the PTI founder’s victory. Police officers, the parliament, and the PTV were all attacked,” he claimed.

“The entire country was closed due to a 126-day protest,” Memon claimed.

The PTI founder was made fun of by Memon, who said, “The PTI founder had always embraced the politics of anarchy.”

Memon stated the following when discussing the state of law and order in Sindh: “The Sindh government is serious about the state of law and order in the province. In terms of keeping Sindh peaceful, everyone is in agreement.”

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