Bukhari seeks ex­change of MPS visit to pro­mote ties

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IS­LAM­ABAD

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.

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