After two days of negotiation , Pakistan last month turned down a request by Iran to offer it a transit facility of Iranian exports to India and expressed reservations about allowing Tehran to finance the Pakistan portion of the gas pipeline between the two neighbors, owing to international sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.
Iran had demanded from Pakistan transit facility for transportation of Iranian goods through Pakistani land route to India through the Wagah border. It had also offered to finance Pakistan’s portion of the gas pipeline between the two countries. The issues were among the agenda of the18th session of the Pakistan-Iran Joint Economic Commission that was held in Islamabad last month.
Iran also offered financial assistance for upgrading railway line and road at the Pak-Iran border, after the worsening law and order situation and increasing incidents of robberies at Quetta to Taftan highway. Iranian officials discussed security measures for proposed bus service and construction of service areas at the Quetta border.
Different MoUs on International Transportation of goods and passengers, abolition of visa for drivers carrying goods and passengers across the border, export of freight cars, and consulting service to Pakistan Railways by Iranian railways and setting up of a business forum between businessmen of two countries were reviewed.
The two countries also constituted joint working groups to facilitate cooperation in the energy sector, particularly on Iran’s offer to sell 1,100 megawatts of electricity to Pakistan.