Pakistan PM Imran Khan reemphasised that no terror group will be allowed to operate from Pakistani soil during his visit to Tehran after both countries hurled accusations at each other following recent attacks in both Iran and Pakistan. Many netizens have questioned whether Islamabad can actually shut the shops of Afghan and Kashmiri terror groups operating from Pakistan?
Addressing a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Khan said that the “entire political spectrum has agreed that no militant group will be allowed to operate from Pakistan”.
“The decision was made through consensus with the country and not due to external pressure,” he asserted. “Iran has suffered from terrorism as well from groups operating from Pakistan,” he said.
PM Imran added that the security chiefs will sit together to strategise cooperation and expand support in the fight against terrorism. Rouhani emphasised on strengthening bilateral ties between Tehran and Islamabad and said “no third country will be allowed to influence friendly ties between the two” during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Iran.
The two leaders covered multiple issues in the bilateral dialogue, including border security. “We are expanding our security ties and setting up a joint rapid reaction force to guard common borders,” said the Iranian president. “PM Imran has reiterated that Pakistan will not join any war coalition.”
Rouhani accepted PM Imran’s invitation to visit Pakistan and hoped he would be able to visit Islamabad soon. He thanked the premier for accepting the invitation to visit Tehran and the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad and termed the visit as a turning point for both countries.
The Iranian president expressed Tehran’s interest in establishing links between Gwadar and Chahbhar ports to strengthen trade. “Iran is ready to meet oil and gas requirements of Pakistan and also export electricity. We have already taken measures to install gas pipelines along Pak-Iran border.”