TEHRAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reached Iran on his maiden two-day visit to further strengthen the bilateral ties between both countries.
On Monday, the premier will hold talks with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani to discuss bilateral and regional issues.
The prime minister will also meet Iranian and Pakistani business community.
On Sunday, the prime minister landed at Mehrabad Airport of the Iranian capital city along with a high-level delegation, he was received by Iranian Health Minister Dr Saeed Namaki, a statement issued by the PM’s Office said. A smartly turned out contingent presented a static salute to the prime minister.
He was accompanied by Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Adviser to PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to PM (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, SAPM on National Health Services Dr Zafarullah Mirza and SAPM on Petroleum Nadeem Baber.
En-route to Tehran, the prime minister landed in Mashhad where he paid respects at the shrine of Hazrat Imam Raza (AS), a revered Shia personality.
The prime minister paid respect at the shrine and offered Nawafil. He also prayed for the peace and prosperity of the country, the statement said. The PM also met shrine’s custodian Hujjatullah Val Muslemein Ahmed Marvi.
He was received by Khorasan-e-Razavi province Governor General Ali Reza Razm Hussaini. During the meeting with the governor general, the PM discussed the bilateral ties and matters of the mutual interest.
He thanked the Government of Khorasan for facilitating a very large number of pilgrims from Pakistan during Muharram and Arbaeen. He said the Government of Pakistan was also taking a number of steps to facilitate the movement of Pakistani Zaireen (pilgrims) to Iran.
The prime minister expressed happiness on starting his visit from the holy city of Mashhad. He added that the guiding light for his government were the principles on which the Holy Prophet (PBUH) based the State of Medina.
This is his maiden visit after he assumed office in August last year. The prime minister was initially scheduled to visit Iran in January, but the visit was postponed at the eleventh hour because of unexplained reasons.
PM Imran’s visit comes after the Ormara massacre in which 14 people were killed by terrorists in Balochistan’s Ormara. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the terrorists had come from Iran. He also said that the Ormara attack won’t affect the premier’s Iran visit.
“As much as 20 terrorists backed by Iran-based militant organisation clad in camouflage uniform of the Frontier Corps (FC) entered Pakistan from Iran and conducted an attack,” he added.
Pakistan also shared actionable evidence with Iran and asked the neighbouring country to act against elements involved in the attack