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Balochistan economic hub of cooperation with Iran.

Pakistan shares 900 kilometers long land border with Iran and the international border are completely peaceful and friendly without any major complaints from any side for the past seven decades. Baloch people are residing on both sides of the international frontier.

Both the countries had no territorial dispute unlike Afghanistan. In a way divided families and tribes are settled in both parts of Balochistan retaining a congenial atmosphere in the whole region, barring minor or insignificant incidents, all by few individuals enjoying no support from their own people.

It is the real basis for good neighbourily relations between Iran and Pakistan which must be developed and promoted further in the interests of the peoples of the two region. Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan on Monday met with Iranian Counsel General Mohammad Rafiei discussing Pak-Iran bilateral trade and economic relations.

the meeting Chief Minister Balochistan and Iranian Counsel General stressed upon Pak-Iran border points trade and Economic Zones to foster bilateral economic relations amid both countries while discuss implementation of decision taken during Pak-Iran joint border commission and Joint border trade commission. Nations have social, political and cultural relations from decades therefore Iranian Government has always given importance to its relation with Pakistan.

" Muhammad Rafiee said calling Balochistan an important bridge between Pak-Iran road connection and CPEC. He announced that Pak-Iran Free Economic Zone would be inaugurated at Mir Jawa in coming days adding Iran was willing to sell Iranian fuel to Pakistan on cheap prices.

the one to one meeting Iranian Counsel General invited CM Balochistan to visit Iranian Province Sistan Balochistan. is an urgent need to further develop economic relations by enhancing the level of economic cooperation to an extent of integrating two regional economies of the area for the benefit of the people.

Chah Bahar will prove to be a catalyst for development of Iranian Balochistan and Gwadar will play the same role in Pakistani part of Balochistan retaining their distinct identities under two separate Governments. Both the major ports in the region are already linked with a highway of international standard and sooner or later, the rail link between the two ports will also be established in near future boosting economic activities to an higher level.

is the home of mines and minerals, mainly the metal mines. Iranian Balochistan has railroad infrastructure of world standard connected it with rest of Iran and also with its neighbouring countries.

In addition to it, Iran is linking Chah Bahar Port with Zahedan through rail link for bulk transportation of commercial cargo to different destinations. The Government of Balochistan, as an agent of the Federal Government, should initiate economic cooperation with Iran on local basis inviting significant investment for development of local economy.

The economic cooperation should confine to investment in various sectors, including fisheries, agriculture, livestock, mines and minerals, establishing small scale industrial units and plants in Balochistan. Pakistan should seek a refinery from Iran for separation of gold from copper so that the job is done in Pakistan and the blister copper is not taken to China in bulk for this reason alone.

Iran can be the more reliable partner in development of this part of Balochistan. Provincial Government can prevail upon the Federal authorities for meaningful cooperation with Iran developing certain parts of Balochistan before launching the bigger project to integrate two regional economies for mutual benefit.
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Publication:The Balochistan Express (Quetta, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jan 11, 2019
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