Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on Thursday trade ties with Iran will not be affected by the US sanctions, in yet another comment echoing Islamabad’s readiness to expand relations with its neighbors under Imran Khan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to pay a visit to Islamabad to hold talks with senior Pakistani officials on ways to strengthen relations and the fight against terrorism and smuggling of narcotics.
Amid frayed Washington-Islamabad ties, Pakistan has ordered its air force to shoot down any drones violating the country’s airspace, including those of the US military, which are deemed responsible for a high number of civilian deaths in the Asian state.
A Pakistani religious group, whose supporters have been holding sit-ins and clashing with police, has ended the protests after the Islamabad government agreed to its demand for the resignation of the law minister.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has paid a visit to Pakistan amid tensions between the two countries. During a brief stay in Islamabad, the US top diplomat met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and reiterated Washington’s position that Pakistan must do more in the fight against terrorism. PRESS TV’s Kamran Yousaf has the details.
Pakistanis have staged a rally in solidarity with independence-seeking people in India-controlled Kashmir, censuring a decision by the US to blacklist a popular Kashmiri leader, a move they view as a show of support for New Delhi in the dispute over the Himalayan region.