Iranian President’s visit to Pak a landmark development

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani first visit to Pakistan is a landmark development which reflects  vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in realm of foreign policy.

Talking to Radio Pakistan, former secretary petroleum Dr. Gulfaraz said that Iran has the second largest reserves of natural gas in the world.

He said the visit of Iranian President and the signing of MOUs hold immense importance. Being Muslim countries, giving practical shape to these MOUs and agreements are in the wider interests of Pakistan and Iran, he added.

Pakistan’s success mainly lies in importing gas from Iran, he added.

Economist Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig said Iranian President’s visit and the MOUs are like a landmark.

He said “Iran wants to enhance its financial relations with Pakistan.” “Iran is full of potential and we should exploit it
as much as possible,” he added.

Expert in international relations Dr. Pervez Iqbal Cheema said Iran is an important neighbouring country as it shares a long border line with Pakistan.

He said Pakistan had good relations before the sanctions imposed by international community against Iran.

Former Ambassador Arif Kamal said Iran is an important regional power and it is a natural resource rich country in
terms of oil and gas.

He said Iran is now free from international sanctions and it will help both countries to enhance bilateral ties.

Former ambassador Shahid Amin said the visit holds immense importance for Pakistan as Hassan Rouhani selected Pakistan for his visit after lifting of sanctions.

He said the gas agreement between the two countries will come into force in the near future now as Iran has
rejoined world economy. The gas agreement will benefit both Iran and Pakistan in terms of sale of gas and
overcoming needs of energy respectively, he added.