Pakistan and Iran Pledge Joint Efforts to Combat Terrorism

In a recent development, Pakistan and Iran have pledged to join forces in combating terrorism. This commitment was made during a meeting between Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir and Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian. The meeting, held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, underscored the importance of mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The two nations have a shared history, bound by religious and cultural ties. Recognising these ties, both parties stressed the need to strengthen bilateral relations and foster a deeper understanding of each other’s concerns. This mutual understanding is seen as a crucial step towards addressing the common threat of terrorism.

Tensions between Pakistan and Iran escalated following recent missile strikes. In response, Pakistan recalled its ambassador to Tehran and suspended all high-level diplomatic and trade engagements. However, swift measures were taken to de-escalate the situation, with ambassadors asked to return to their posts and Abdollahian invited for talks.

General Asim highlighted the importance of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states, describing it as the most important principle of state-to-state relationships. Both sides agreed that terrorism is a common threat that requires collaborative efforts, better coordination, and intelligence sharing to tackle effectively.

To address security concerns, COAS Munir emphasised the need for sustained engagement and the use of available communication channels. A mechanism to deploy military liaison officers in each other’s countries will be operationalised soon to improve coordination and response efficiency against common threats.

Both nations reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining close engagement and preventing any elements from causing discord between the two brotherly nations. They reiterated their commitment to peace, stability, and prosperity in the border region, recognising it as essential for the well-being of people on both sides.

Despite a history of strained relations, the recent missile strikes represent the most serious incidents in years. However, the mutual commitment to fight terrorism signals a positive shift in relations between the two Muslim nations.

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