Exchange among Iran and Pakistan by means of rail to be advanced: Sheik Rasheed

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad says further steps will be taken to promote trade between Iran and Pakistan via rail

Trade between Iran and Pakistan

Exchange among Iran and Pakistan by means of rail to be advanced: Sheik RasheedRailways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad says further steps will be taken to promote trade between Iran and Pakistan via rail.READ MORE: Trade between Iran and Pakistan via rail to be promoted: Sheikh Rasheed

He was talking to the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad-Ali Hosseini who called on him in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The two sides discussed bilateral issues during the meeting and agreed to improve measures to promote peace and brotherhood.

Exchange among Iran and Pakistan

The Iranian Ambassador expressed desire to restart Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul container train, saying that it would also promote tourism and freight services.

The Railways Minister invited a technical team from Iran to upgrade Quetta-Taftan section of the railway track.

After Pakistan gained its independence in August 1947, Iran was one of the first countries to recognize its sovereign status.[1]

 Pakistan’s relations with Iran strained at times due to sectarian tensions, as Pakistani Shias claimed that they were being discriminated against under the Pakistani government’s Islamization program.[2]

 Iran and Saudi Arabia used Pakistan as a battleground for their proxy sectarian war, and by the 1990s Pakistan’s support for the Sunni Taliban organisation in Afghanistan became a problem for Shia Iran, which opposed a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.[3]

Nevertheless, economic and At present, both countries are cooperating and forming alliances in a number of areas of mutual interest.

such as fighting the drug trade along their common border and combating the Balochistan insurgency along their border. Iran has expressed an interest joining the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor.[4][5]

Pakistan is also the only country where Iran is viewed positively as per the polls conducted by Pew Research Center.

Polls have consistently shown that a very high proportion of Pakistanis view their western neighbor positively.[6][7] Ayatollah Khamenei has also called for the sympathy and assistance of many Muslim nations, including Pakistan.[8]

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