Bukhari seeks exchange of MPS visit to promote ties
Chairman Senate Sayyed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari on Monday said that the exchange of Parliamentary delegations as well as people to people contacts will definitely strengthen our relations further along with cultivating common interests between Pakistan and Iran.
He was expressing these views in meeting with Hossein Sadiq Aabedeen, Governor General of Fars Province, of Iran and his delegation here at Parliament House.
Nayyar Bukhari said that Pakistan highly values its fraternal ties with Iran as our relations are rooted deeply in our historical, cultural and religious commonalities and we also share commonalities of views on various regional and international issues.
The Chairman appreciated Iran's timely assistance at difficult times to Pakistan. He appreciated, "whether it is 1965 war or earthquake or flood, our Iranian brethren have always stood by their Pakistani brothers in time of need".
He said that the visit of Iranian delegation will definitely enhance our political, social and economic relations.
Bukhari told the delegation that President Asif Ali Zardari has visited Iran five times during his tenure as President and likewise Iranian President has visited Pakistan twice.
The Chairman said that it is very heartening to note that President Ahmadinejad is participating in the D-8 summit with the high profile delegation being held in Islamabad from November 19-22.
The Chairman expressed his confidence that the events planned on the sidelines of summit with the distinct trade promotion focus will further energize economic ties within the D-8 members.
The Chairman said that the cooperation between the two countries is on a positive trajectory and we should translate the gains of our excellent political relations for qualitative up-gradation in our bilateral economic and commercial relations. Now it is the time to prioritize our economic and trade relations.
The Chairman said that barter trade between Pakistan and Iran will be beneficial for both sides. Pakistan can sell wheat to Iran in exchange for fertilizers and likewise can be done with other goods as well. We should also ensure expeditious implementation of our bilateral projects including rail, road and air linkage projects as well as IP gas pipeline, he added.
He said improvement in our road, rail and air linkage will go a long way in bringing our two people together and proposed for direct air route from Islamabad to Mashad and other places to facilitate pilgrims.
Talking about IP gas pipeline project, the Chairman said that this project can help overcoming Pakistan's energy crisis and it is absolutely important that the project is completed on time. It will not only fulfill Pakistan's energy needs but also strengthen our economy by boosting our economic development.
Bukhari said that Pakistan supports Iranian position for access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
He said we have common interests in regional peace and stability and economic progress of our people and people of the region. We firmly believe that by working together with our neighbors in the region, we can best address our challenges and seek new opportunities for rising together in the comity of nations, he added.
Hossein Sadiq, Governor General of Fars Province said that our bilateral ties are deep rooted and growing stronger with every passing moment and we share common brotherhood based on similarities in religion, history and culture.
He extended profound gratitude on Pakistan's support to Iran's view point vis-à-vis its nuclear program for peaceful use of energy.
The Governor said that huge potential of cooperation exists in various sectors like energy, agriculture, education, health etc. and we should utilize our expertise for uplift of these sectors with each others' assistance.
The Iranian delegation that earlier visited Khyber Pakhtunkhawa said that huge potential of electricity generation exists there and Iran can assist in this regard to support industrial sector as well.