LAHORE - Consul General Islamic Republic of Iran in Lahore, Ali Nikan has said that hostile countries are continuously exerting pressure to spoil centuries old relations of Pakistan and Iran but we should not succumb to any such pressure. He expressed these views during a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office on Saturday. He was accompanied by the Cultural Attach Dr Abbas Famoori. Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch, Chairman PU Firdosi Chair Dr Aftab Asghar and Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir were also present on the occasion. Ali Nikan said that under the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline agreement, Iran had already completed work on laying of pipeline up to its boundaries and his country was also willing to provide electricity to Pakistan. He said Iranian agrarian experts had made impressive strides in developing high-yielding and disease-resistant varieties of almond, rice, pumpkin and pulses. Sharing of these research findings between agricultural researchers and farmers can help to attain food self-sufficiency in both the countries, he said. He further said that in future PU scholars and faculty members would be invited to present their research papers in international, national and regional conferences and seminars hosted by Iranian varsities. PU Prof participates in intl symposium Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Abdullah of Punjab Universitys Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre participated in international symposium 2010 on Knowledge, Faith, Morality and Future of Humanity held in Istanbul, Turkey from October 3-5, 2010. Dr Abdullah presented his papers on 'The Role of Faith in Developing a Sense of Responsibility and Accountability at the symposium. Over 200 scholars from around 40 countries participated in the event.