Pakistan interested in launching sea passenger line with Iran

IRNA – Pakistan is willing to launch a sea passenger line between the Pakistani port of Karachi and Iranian port of Chabahar, Chairman of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) Arif Elahi said.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Hamid-Reza Nezaratizadeh an official affiliated to Iranian Consulate General in Karachi.

The Pakistani official said launching a sea passanger line between Karachi and Chabahar will facilitate traffic between the two countries’ people in particular the Pakistani pilgrims trips to Iran.

He said by launching this sea passenger line, the Pakistani pilgrims can enjoy a safe and inexpensive travel to holy shrines in Iranian cities of Mashad and Qom.

Elahi discussed bilateral cooperation in various sectors especially cooperation in field of sea transportation with the Iranian official.

During the meeting, Nezaratizadeh, for his part, said Iran attaches importance to friendly and brotherly ties with Pakistan.

Iran is doing its best to develop relations with Pakistan particularly in fields of economy, trade and transportation, he added.

Tens of thousands of Pakistani people travel to Iran each year to make pilgrimage to Iran’s holy sites or go to Iraq via Iran to visit the holy shrines in the Iraqi cities.

The Iranian embassy in Pakistan is trying to facilitate the Pakistanis’ travel to Iran by launching direct flights between Tehran and Islamabad as well as flights between Mashad and Lahore as well as Tehran and Karachi.