LAHORE - Iranian Ambassador in Pakistan Mashallah Shakrie called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Friday. Cooperation in various sectors, bilateral relations as well as matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting. Iranian Consul General Saeed Kharazi and opposition leader in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan were also present on the occasion. Talking to the Iranian Ambassador, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan and Iran have deep-rooted cultural and historical relations and Iran has stood by Pakistan in every moment of need. He said that Iran is a brotherly Islamic country and has extended full support to Pakistan at every level during the last 62 years. He said that people of Pakistan love their Iranian brethren and consider Iran as their second home. He said that there is a need for promoting trade and economic cooperation between Iran and Pakistan for the benefit of both the countries. He said that there is a wide scope of investment and cooperation in various sectors in Punjab and Iran can fully benefit from these opportunities. He said that Iran can extend cooperation to Punjab in energy, small dams, infrastructure, agriculture, livestock and other sectors. Iranian Ambassador Mashallah Shakrie said that Iran and Pakistan have exemplary friendly relations and have a common history and culture. He said that Iran and Pakistan have always stood by each other and supported each others stance on important issues. He said that ties between the two countries will further strengthen with the passage of time. Iranian envoy calls on Director CSAS Newly-appointed Director General and Cultural Attache in the Cultural Centre, Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran-Lahore Dr Abbas Famori called on Dean Faculty of Oriental Learning and Director Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar at the CSAS here on Friday. Discussion on historical Pak-Iranian relations came during the meeting. The role of Allama Iqbal was also discussed with regard to the economic, social and political development of the Muslims of South Asia. Dr Famori said that it is the need of the hour that Pakistan and Iran exchange latest news through both, print and electronic media. We should not rely on foreign news agencies as they have vested interests, he added.