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President Raisi terms Pak-Iran ties ‘historic, unbreakable’

No power in world can damage bilateral relations between Islamabad and Tehran, says Raisi

By Web Desk
April 23, 2024

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, who is in Pakistan on a three-day official visit, has highlighted the importance of bilateral ties between Islamabad and Tehran, saying the two states have “historic ties”.

The Iranian president remarked while addressing a ceremony hosted at the Sindh Chief Minister's House during his visit to Karachi on the third leg of his trip to Pakistan.

President Raisi said that no power in the world can disrupt bilateral relations between Islamabad and Tehran.

President Raisi said the bilateral relations between the two neighbourly states are interconnected via history, culture and religion. “Pakistan-Iran ties are historic,” he added.

Earlier today, Iranian President Raisi arrived in Karachi amid tight security.

Upon their arrival at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah, Governor Kamran Tessori and others welcomed the Iranian president and other members of the visiting delegation.

President Asif Ali Zardari’s daughter, First Lady Aseefa Bhutto, was also present at the airport to welcome the visiting dignitaries.

Strict security measures were in place at the airport and its surrounding areas to avoid any untoward incident.

Sources privy to the development said that besides meetings with the governor and the chief minister, the Iranian president will address members of the business forum and attend a dinner at the CM House.

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi visits Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnahs mausoleum. — PTV/ Screengrab
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi visits Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's mausoleum. — PTV/ Screengrab 

Later, President Raisi visited Quaid's mausoleum and paid his respects to the founder of Pakistan.

After visiting the Quaid's mausoleum, the Iranian president met Sindh governor at the CM House. They discussed various issues, including matters of mutual interest during the meeting.

Both the officials agreed to increase cultural exchanges between the two countries.

“Pakistan and Iran have historical relations,” said the Sindh governor. While the Iranian president thanked Governor Tessori for the warm welcome and excellent hospitality.

Addressing the ceremony held at CM house in honour of the Iranian president, CM Shah said: “I am proud to welcome Pakistan’s long-standing friend.”

The CM said that he welcomed the president on the behalf of the people of Sindh.

Pakistan and Iran have supported each other wholeheartedly, he said, adding that PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto always gave importance to Islamabad’s relations with Tehran.

Meanwhile, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also called on the Iranian president at the CM House.

Iranian president conferred honorary PhD degree

In recognition of his services for further bolstering ties between the two nations, Sindh Governor Tessori, being the chancellor of the University of Karachi, awarded an honorary degree of doctorate in philosophy (PhD) to the Iranian president.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor said: “It is an honour for the University of Karachi to confer the honourary degree on the Iranian president.”

Stressing the need for ideal relationship among the Muslim countries, the governor said that he wanted to furthering strengthen ties between Pakistan and Iran.

He invited the Iranian business community to invest in Pakistan and take advantage of favourable and business friendly environment in the country.

He wished Iranian investors to join the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) projects.

The Iranian president touched down in Islamabad on Monday on a three-day official visit from April 22 to 24. Raisi's visit is the first by any head of state to Islamabad after the February 8 polls.

Strict security measures have been taken, including air surveillance along with temporary internet suspension during the dignitary's movement. To avoid the consequent inconvenience to the general public, the provincial governments announced a local holiday in Lahore and Karachi.

President Raisi's Lahore visit

Earlier today, the Iranian president arrived in Lahore where he was warmly welcomed by Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz welcomes Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi at the airport on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org
Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz welcomes Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi at the airport on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org

Later, the visiting dignitary held separate meetings with CM Maryam and Governor Baligh Ur Rehman. The governor hosted a luncheon in honour of the distinguished guest and his delegation.

Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz receives Iran’s First Lady Jamileh Alamolhoda at the airport on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org
Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz receives Iran’s First Lady Jamileh Alamolhoda at the airport on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org

Meanwhile, the president visited the historic Government College University (GCU) and addressed the students and faculty.

Addressing the students, President Raisi said that Pakistan and Iran enjoy deep-rooted historical, religious, cultural and civilisational ties and both countries were keen to develop centres of arts and learning besides the promotion of arts and sciences.

“It was need of the hour to pay special attention to arts, sciences and technology to shine among the comity of nations.”

On Allama Iqbal, the Iranian President said the poetry of poet of the East Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal enjoys special acceptance in Iran.

He said Pakistan and Iran maintain the same stance on the issue of Palestine issue. President Raisi said Iran would further enhance its cooperation with Pakistan in the energy and other sectors.

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi lays floral wreath at the mausoleum of National Poet Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi lays floral wreath at the mausoleum of National Poet Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org

Meanwhile, the Iranian president visited the mausoleum of national poet Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore. He laid a floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered fateha.

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi pens his admiration for Allama Muhammad Iqbals literary legacy in the visitors book on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi pens his admiration for Allama Muhammad Iqbal's literary legacy in the visitors' book on April 23, 2024— X/ForeignOfficePk/pmln_org

President Raisi penned his admiration for Iqbal's literary legacy in the visitors' book.