'Pakistan summons India's Deputy High Commissioner over harassment of officials'

'Pakistan summons India's Deputy High Commissioner over harassment of officials'

'Pakistan summons India's Deputy High Commissioner over harassment of officials'

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Zarif also added that the Chahbahar should be liked with with the Gwadar Port as he sought to allay concerns here over Indian involvement in the Iranian port.

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The invitation extended to Pakistan by the Iranian foreign minister comes at the back of Indian officials repeatedly stating that the port is of strategic importance to India as it will allow India to bypass Pakistan in accessing Afghanistan and central Asia. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port. Iran's invitation to Pakistan to help develop its Chabahar seaport project brings good tidings and may be the most pivotal yet in terms of further strengthening this relationship.

"We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan economic corridor". Zarif, who is in Islamabad this week for a three-day visit, made his remarks in an interview with Pakistan's Geo television late Tuesday.

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Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. Although, a congenial relationship between both countries is imperative for regional stability, only after CPEC is managed well should Pakistan participate in the Chabahar project as it could provide Pakistan a regional "leg-up" in economic planning. "We all need to cooperate to root out transnational security/crimes threat", Gen Bajwa, according to army's media wing, told the visiting foreign minister who called on him at the General Headquarters on the last day of his three-day visit.

Sources privy to Pakistan High Commission in India, the issue was raised with Ministry of External Affairs and demanded the government to keep a check on security agencies' authorities.

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Sources in India also said that on February 16, the Indian High Commissioner met the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan to lodge a strong protest against multiple acts of hooliganism against Indian properties and personnel.

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