ISLAMABAD – The somehow off-the-track relations between Iran and Pakistan still awaits encouraging pull as the dates of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit yet to be determent.
The spokesperson of the Pakistan foreign office maintained in the weekly briefing that dates of Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Iran were yet to be decided and both countries working over the issue.
Spokesperson Tasneem Ashraf said that “We still do not have precise dates for the Prime Minister’s visit. The two countries are discussing this. We would like to see a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Commission before the Prime Minister’s visit so that we have substantive agenda for this visit which is awaited from the Iranian side also.”
Commenting over the how serious Pakistan was taking this important visit, she said “We would like this visit to be a major step forward in our bilateral relations. We already have strong political relations and this visit should add more to economic relations.”
Spokesperson, while commenting on a previous statement made by PM’s security adviser Sartaj Aziz, said “He did not say that Pakistan would like to seek a balance in its relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia. He said that we ‘keep’ a balance in our relationship with various Muslim countries.
She also condemned, yet again, the incident of abduction involving Iranian border guards and said that Pakistan-Iran relations are larger than that. There is more to these relations then some incident inside Iranian territory or on the border.