Pakistan-Iran Relations: India Factor


Pakistan and Iran’s relationship has been evolving over time. The relationship between the two states deteriorated after the Iranian revolution, the ties improved when the two countries signed the Free Trade Agreement in 1999.

Today, both states have come together for the purpose of bringing stability in Afghanistan and to overcome terrorism in the South Asian region. Their bilateral relation holds great potential in terms of boosting energy trade between the two, developing border security mechanism, and for addressing the glaring problem of religious extremism in Pakistan.

It has been observed that the religious extremism in Pakistani society and the perceived discrimination against Shiites has been one of the main bone of contention between the two wherein a concerted effort and a joint plan is required by the two states to address this issue.

Pakistan and Iran are the leading founders of Economic Cooperation Organization and at present both the states are forming alliances and cooperating on a number of issues for fulfillment of mutual interests. Read More

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