Iran top general Pakistan visit shows warmth in bilateral ties: Pak daily

IRNA – Leading Pakistani English news daily says it is evident from Iran’s top military general’s visit to Pakistan that the regional political scenario is now the leading variable in the case of foreign policy making for both Iran and Pakistan, more than ever before.

Daily ‘The Nation’ in its editorial comments said the three-day visit of Iran’s Chief of General Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri’s to Pakistan holds great importance.

It said the tour of Iranian general will help in consolidation of mutual trust. It added that the diverging strategic interests are shaping the trajectory of the bilateral ties – much warmth in attitudes of both states towards each other.

It added that credit goes to Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Qamar Bajwa who broke the ice with his visit to Iran in November last year.

“The recent tour of the Iranian General and his meetings with top government officials in Islamabad reflects that both countries have realized that the changing geopolitical situation in the region demands both nations to come closer,” the editorial said.

It said while Qmar Bajwa stressed the need of military-to-military cooperation for ensuring peace and security in the region, his Iranian counterpart’s revelation that both sides were seeking jointly manufactured defence equipment would have a positive impact on other areas of mutual cooperation.

“The primary focus of the two generals’ meeting was on border security mechanisms and further enhancement of existing collaboration to achieve the desired goals. Indeed, improved border security protocols between the two neighbours are of utmost for both sides considering the possibility of the presence of terrorist outfits like Daesh,” viewed the newspaper.

It said in present times when the entire region is facing the menace of terrorism, warmth in the ties was of utmost importance.

“Both sides are facing common challenges concerning fight against terrorism, violent extremism and organised crimes,” said the Nation.