Pakistani cabinet approves setting up shipping line to Iran

Pakistani cabinet approves setting up shipping line to Iran
          Pakistani cabinet approves setting up shipping line to Iran


The cabinet of Pakistan, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, has approved setting up a shipping line with Iran and some other states, as part of cooperation with Iran, a step heralding bright prospects for the two neighboring countries in the maritime sector.


Pakistan’s Minister of Maritime Affairs, who accompanied Prime Minister Khan during his official visit to Iran in 2019, yesterday announced on his Twitter account that the government has agreed to launch a shipping line with some countries.


“Historic day for Pakistan, Federal Cabinet allowed to start Ferry/Passenger Ships to all possible destinations across the world,” wrote Seyed Ali Haider Zaidi.


A Pakistani government spokesman who is also information minister told reporters in Islamabad hours after the cabinet meeting that Pakistan would implement a plan to launch a shipping line to facilitate travel, especially for pilgrims.



**Bright horizon of Iran-Pakistan maritime cooperation


The implementation of the shipping line project which the previous governments had announced is a serious step by the Pakistani government to enhance maritime cooperation with Iran.


Meanwhile, the English-language website “Pakistan Today”, referring to the development wrote: The path of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of the sea, especially the shipping line, has been paved.


According to the plan of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs of Pakistan, the international shipping line will be launched from the ports of “Karachi and Gwadar” to the ports of neighboring Iran.


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At present, there is no international or national commercial ferry service operating in Pakistan for the purpose of transportation of passengers and goods.The Pakistani Ministry of Maritime Affairs has proposed the connection of the port of Gwadar to Bandar Abbas in Iran, and then a similar plan will be implemented with Oman, the UAE, and Iraq.
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