Pak Envoy: Tehran Ties Growing Stronger

Pak Envoy: Tehran Ties Growing StrongerPak Envoy: Tehran Ties Growing Stronger

Pakistan's Ambassador in Tehran Asif Ali Khan Durrani hailed the longstanding relationship between Tehran and Islamabad, expressing confidence that fraternal ties are set to improve.

The envoy made the statement during a ceremony at the embassy residence on Sunday to mark Pakistan Independence Day, according to a press release.

The ambassador said Pakistan and Iran share over six decades of fraternal relations that have grown stronger over the years.

"These bonds of friendship and brotherhood, based on commonalities of interests, shared traditions, common faith and Islamic heritage are destined to grow stronger in the years ahead to the mutual benefit of our people," he said.

"Pakistan and Iran share common perception on international and regional issues and closely cooperate in various world forums. Pakistan and Iran understand and appreciate each other's position on different regional and international issues."

The ambassador felicitated members of the Pakistan community and paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Pakistan movement who laid down their lives for the creation of a separate homeland.

"Pakistan was created to enable South Asian Muslims to lead their lives according to their religious, social, political and cultural aspirations," he said.

Referring to anti-terrorism campaign, Durrani said Pakistan has conducted an extensive counter-terrorism operation to root out terrorism at a huge cost both in terms of lives sacrificed and resources invested.

"The operation has brought positive results and will contribute to regional stability," he added.

The ceremony commenced with the hoisting of Pakistan's flag by the ambassador to the accompaniment of the country's national anthem.

The flag-hoisting ceremony was attended by Iranian scholars and journalists as well as members of Pakistani community, officials of the mission, ECO Secretariat, students and teachers of the Pakistan International School and College.