Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has met with AQR Custodian Hoj. Ahmad Marvi during his visit to the holy city of Mashhad.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Pakistani premier landed in the shrine city of Mashhad during his first visit to Iran, where he was welcomed by Seyyed Reza Fatemi Amin, the vice custodian of Astan Quds Razavi.
Paying a visit to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and the Museum of Quran, the Pakistani premier sat with the chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi and exchanged views on many issues.
Addressing the top Pakistani official, Hoj. Marvi said: “Let me welcome your maiden visit to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS). I am sure the blessings of the holy shrine will be enjoyed by the two nations and you will also enjoy such blessings.”
The chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi noted that a “pure and deeply rooted instance of faith” exists in Pakistan opining that such a faith in the Shia and Sunni Muslims of Pakistan is manifested in their love and affection toward the Prophet (pbuh) and his infallible household.
“The affection of the people of Pakistan toward the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei is a unique phenomenon and an exceptional opportunity for boosting the relations between the two nations.”
According to Hoj. Marvi, Iran-Pakistan ties go beyond neighborliness. “It is a brotherly relationship. The love and affection toward Imam Reza (AS) is the most important ground for boosting ties between the two nations.”
Hoj. Marvi assured Imran Khan that Pakistani pilgrims, forming the majority among foreign pilgrims in Mashhad, “feel at home here, among their religious brothers.”
“The colonial approach to the region has been always based on encroachment,” Marvi further noted, adding “To pave the ground for their encroachments, the colonial powers make special investments on sowing the seeds of ethnic and religious discord.”
The best way to neutralize the enemy plots and cut short the hands of colonial powers from the region, he asserted, is boosting Iran-Pakistan commonalities, spiritual commonalities in particular,
He further stressed prioritizing facilitation of pilgrimage for Pakistanis.
“Astan Quds Razavi is taking serious steps to facilitate the pilgrimage of Pakistani nationals through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
As for the facilitated trips to Karbala through Mir Javeh, Hoj. Marvi said the past policy would be strongly pursued in giving easy access to Karbala and annual Arba’een march for Pakistani nationals.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in turn, stressed on boosting bilateral relations with Iran to a very high level, saying that during his tenure he would do his best to boost bilateral relations to the best possible level.
He said alienation with the pure teachings of Islam was the root cause of many problems the Muslim umma is facing. He added that Pakistan is passing through a hard period of political transition and the government has plans to administer the affairs of the country based on the codes of conduct and teachings of the Prophet (pbuh).