Iranian-backed forces seize oil tanker off UAE: sources

LONDON (Reuters): Iranian-backed forces are believed to have seized an oil tanker in the Gulf off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, three maritime security sources said, after Britain’s maritime trade agency reported a potential hijack in the area.

Iran warns of response if security threatened after oil tanker attack

TEHRAN: Iran will respond promptly to any threat against its security, the foreign ministry said after the United States, Israel and Britain blamed Tehran for an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman. Tehran has denied any

US, UK blame Iran for attacking Israeli-managed tanker

WASHINGTON: The United States and Britain said they believed Iran carried out an attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum tanker off the coast of Oman that killed a Briton and a Romanian, both pledging to work with partners to respond. Iran

Pakistan welcomes Iran’s mediation for settlement in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed efforts by Iran to engage with the Taliban and the Afghan government in search of a negotiated political settlement in the country. “Pakistan welcomes Iran’s engagement with Afghan parties to achieve a negotiated political settlement,” said

Iran takes steps to make enriched uranium metal

VIENNA (Reuters): Iran has begun the process of producing enriched uranium metal, the U.N. atomic watchdog said. It is a move that could help it develop a nuclear weapon and that three European powers said threatened talks to revive the

US troops come under fire in Syria after strikes against militias

WASHINGTON: US troops came under rocket fire in Syria but escaped injury in apparent retaliation for US airstrikes against Iran-aligned armed groups in Syria and Iraq. A US military spokesman said US forces had responded to the multiple rockets by

US carries out airstrikes against militia in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON: The United States said it carried out another round of airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, in response to drone attacks by the militia against US personnel and facilities in Iraq. In a statement, the US military

Raisi’s win

Pakistan’s geographical location has been of great importance since time immemorial. Even when it was known as the land of Sindh, it was culturally, socially and politically separate from Hind. With the advent of Islam in the Arabian desert, Muslims

Conservative judge Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election

TEHRAN: Conservative judge Ebrahim Raisi has won the presidential election in Iran, state media reported on Saturday. Three out of four candidates in Iran’s presidential election have conceded defeat hours before the interior ministry is expected to announce the official

Who are the candidates in Iran’s presidential election?

Iranians have a choice between seven mostly hardline candidates in a presidential election on Friday, June 18, a contest likely to reinforce the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Clerical officials who vetted the candidates rejected several prominent moderates

Iran presidential candidates trade barbs in TV debate

TEHRAN: Candidates in Iran’s presidential election traded strong barbs in a debate on Saturday, accusing each other of treason or lacking the education to run an economy devastated by three years of US sanctions. While the five hardline candidates attacked

Iran’s biggest navy ship sinks after fire in Gulf of Oman

TEHRAN: Iran’s largest navy ship Kharg sank after catching fire in the Gulf of Oman, but the crew were safely rescued, Iranian media reported. No further explanation was given for the latest incident that occurred in a region of sensitive

Iran dismisses central bank head running for president

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed the central bank governor, Abdolnaser Hemmati, one of the few moderates running in the June 18 presidential election. Hemmati, a technocrat who was appointed central bank governor in 2018, said he accepted the

Iran approves hardliner for presidential elections

TEHRAN: Iran’s election watchdog has approved the candidacy of hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi in next month’s presidential election, while disqualifying some of his main rivals including former parliament speaker Ali Larijani. The move is likely to boost the prospects

Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad to run again

TEHRAN: Iran’s hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered to run again in the presidential elections next month to succeed moderate President Hassan Rouhani.  Vilified in the West for his questioning of the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad had to step down in

Khamenei criticises foreign minister over leaked remarks

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader criticised its foreign minister, who said in a leaked interview that the elite Revolutionary Guards had more influence in foreign affairs and Tehran’s nuclear dossier than him. In the interview, aired by a London-based news channel

US sanctions on oil, banks should be lifted: Iran’s negotiator

VIENNA: Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said Tehran expects US sanctions on oil, banks and most individuals and institutions to be lifted based on agreements so far in Vienna talks, while Washington played down the prospect of an imminent breakthrough. Russia

Iran bans flights from India, Pakistan amid virus surge

TEHRAN: Iran’s civil aviation agency banned all flights to and from India and Pakistan due the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases in the two nations. Iran’s state news agency said the decision taken by the health ministry took effect on

FM Qureshi arrives in Turkey on two-day official visit

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday arrived in Istanbul on a two day official visit after concluding his tour of Iran. During his stay, he will participate in a trilateral meeting to be attended by the Foreign Ministers

FM stresses on collecting raising issue of Islamophobia in West

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan had vociferously expressed its serious concerns over the increasing trend of Islamophobia in the West which was being fanned by certain extremist elements. Addressing the officials of Embassy of Pakistan in

FM Qureshi calls on Iranian President Rouhani in Tehran

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday called on the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Presidential Palace in Tehran. According to the Foreign office, the Iranian president expressed his country’s commitment to further enhance bilateral relations with Pakistan

FM Qureshi arrives in Tehran for talks with Iranian leadership

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Tehran on a three-day official visit to Iran for talks with the Iranian leadership on bilateral relations and regional situation. On arrival, the foreign minister was warmly received by Iranian Foreign Minister’s

Iran lifts restrictions on import of Pakistan’s kinnow

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Iran has lifted restrictions on import of kinnow (citrus) from Pakistan which had been in place since 2012. Pakistan has witnessed a decline in kinnow exports this year due to to

Chinese search for alternatives

We have written several times how China’s Belt and Road initiative, a mega-project gain access the Arabian Sea via Pakistan, has slowed down after the current government came to power and China is now seeking alternatives to routes which were

Iran resumes nuclear talks amid strains over enrichment, Natanz attack

TEHRAN: Iran and global powers resumed talks to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal in an effort complicated by Tehran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment and sabotage at a nuclear site. Tehran announced its decision to enrich uranium at 60%

Iran to begin uranium enrichment after nuclear site incident

TEHRAN: Iran said it will start enriching uranium to 60% purity, a move bringing the fissile material closer to levels suitable for a bomb, after accusing Israel of sabotaging a key nuclear installation. The disclosure came soon before the resumption

Iran says Natanz facility hit by ‘nuclear terrorism’

TEHRAN: An incident at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday was caused by an act of “nuclear terrorism”, the country’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said, adding that Tehran reserves the right to take action against the perpetrators. An Israeli

Iran holds ‘constructive’ talks on reviving nuclear deal

VIENNA: Iran and world powers held what they described as “constructive” talks and agreed to form working groups to discuss the sanctions Washington might lift and the nuclear curbs Tehran might observe as they try to revive the 2015 nuclear

Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of US sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran wants the United States to lift all sanctions and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of restrictions, the foreign ministry said ahead of planned talks in Vienna next week on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. The comments came as France

US, Iran head to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks

WASHIGTON: Iran and the United States said they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from Tuesday as part of broader negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. Tehran has ruled out face-to-face bilateral discussions, but