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‘I Wanted to Address a Public Gathering in Pakistan’: Iranian President

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi’s three-day official visit to Pakistan was marked by expressions of camaraderie and solidarity between the two nations. Despite his wish to address a public gathering being unfulfilled, President Raisi’s visit was laden with symbolic gestures and diplomatic overtures that reinforced the deep historical and cultural ties between Iran and Pakistan.

His homage at the mausoleum of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, renowned as the ‘poet of the East,’ underscored the shared literary and intellectual heritage of the two nations. President Raisi’s desire to speak to the public during this visit reflects his intention to directly engage with the people of Pakistan and foster greater people-to-people connections. Though logistical constraints may have hindered this plan, his acknowledgment of it demonstrates a commitment to transparency and open dialogue.

President Raisi’s praise for Pakistan’s steadfast stance on global issues, particularly its support for the Palestinian cause, resonated with the sentiments of many Pakistanis. His recognition of Pakistan’s role in advocating for the rights of oppressed peoples reflects a shared commitment to justice and solidarity in the face of adversity.

Moreover, President Raisi’s emphasis on Allama Iqbal’s anti-colonial message highlights the enduring relevance of the poet’s ideas in contemporary discourse. By drawing parallels between Iqbal’s principles and the ongoing struggles against oppression, President Raisi reaffirmed the common values that bind Iran and Pakistan together.

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