Iran’s President Hassan Rohani embarked on a two day state visit to neighboring Pakistan on 25 March. A number of agreements to boost bilateral trade were signed, but despite positive statements from Iranian officials, there appears to have been little concrete progress made in moving forward a long-planned gas pipeline.

Six memorandums of understanding (MOU) were inked during the trip with the two countries agreeing to open two new border crossings to facilitate trade. Pakistan Prime...