Pakistan Senate chairman for enhanced ties with Iran
Senate Chairman Farooq H. Naek has said that Pakistan and Iran are committed to raise bilateral trade to US $4 billion by 2015, IRNA reported.
"This is not a difficult target. The businessmen of the two sides can and must achieve this goal. We, the parliamentarians, will provide full support to the initiatives aimed at achieving the target,' Naef said, while talking to Dr. Mahmoud Salahi, Governor General of Khorasan Razavi, and members of his delegation at the Parliament House.
Talking to the members of the Iranian delegation, Naek said that the current level of trade between Pakistan and Iran stands around US$ 1 billion. The two countries have committed
The Chairman said the Iranian delegation is a demonstration of trust and confidence of the business community.
Pakistan, despite some challenges, is a market worthy of investment with good returns. 'Our human and natural resources are available for mutually beneficial business ventures,' he said.
Naek said Pakistan and Iran enjoy centuries old bonds of friendship and history: 'We are not only geographically linked with each other but are bound together in culture, religion, ethnicity and traditions since times immemorial. We also share aspirations for a prosperous future for the people of our countries as well as the whole region.'
The Chairman said the parliamentarians of Pakistan and Iran have an important and vital role to further promote and strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Business communities have their own role and responsibility, which they must fulfill and enhance the economic content of the relationship, he said, adding that frequent and regular interactions between the businessmen and also the parliamentarians must be part of the broader foreign policy contours of the two countries. He called for working together to promote cooperation and development in the region as well as unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah.
'As part of our religious duties, we have always raised and must continue to raise our voices for the people of Kashmir, Palestine, Bosnia and Afghanistan,' he added.
The Chairman said terrorism is a menace that has affected the two countries. Pakistan has suffered a lot and paid huge price in fighting this menace. Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism.
"We have lost our great leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. We have lost about 30,000 innocent civilians and about 5,000 brave personnel of armed and security forces. But, we are not daunted by the threats of terrorism. We will fight this menace of terrorism to its very end not only for over own sake but for entire humanity," Naed said.
Dr. Mahmoud Salahi, Governor General of Khorasan, said close and cordial relations between Pakistan and Iran would be strengthened further with the passage of time.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chairman, Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali, Leader of the House in the Senate, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Senator Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhel and Secretary Senate, Raja Muhammad Amin.