Yet, he continues butchering his people. The careers of the fellow Islamic Republics have been diverging for a while. It patronises Hamas, the Palestinian party running the Gaza Strip. It throws its weight around in Iraq, the prime minister of which took refuge in Tehran during the Saddam years.
The general was elevated to the highest military post in Iran last June, replacing a general who had held the post for 27 years, and is believed to have been picked by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for his hard-line background at a time when the Iranian armed forces appear to have a growing say in national security policy.
It is, therefore, not possible to dismiss his comments as that of a military commander lashing out after his forces suffered casualties in a border attack.
For Pakistan, the path forward must emphasise two aspects of the bilateral relationship. First, Pakistan has an inherent interest in a stable and peaceful relationship with Iran and a violence-free border.
Over the years, both sides have built up a number of complaints, mostly as a result of the border between the two countries being a vast, poorly governed space with local populations often at odds with their respective states and other countries having an obvious interest in interfering on both sides of the frontier.
Surely, then, both Pakistan and Iran can find ways to cooperate over border management and curb incidents of violence.
Second, Pakistan and Iran need to have sustained diplomatic engagement to address the range of issues that could be causing friction. Moreover, long-term projects, such as the Pak-Iran pipeline or electricity transfers, offer the opportunity to bring economic stability to a tense security relationship.
Indeed, if truly creative solutions are wanted, the ports in Chabahar and Gwadar could greatly complement one another.
Surely, whatever the path chosen, it must lead to stable, productive ties. Published in Dawn, May 10th, The United States secretly encouraged the shipment of military equipment from the Shah's Iran, Turkey, and Jordan to Pakistan, and reimbursed those countries for their shipments, US-Pak Relations Through the Decades.
even more significant when Iran established its diplomatic relations with Pakistan in May , and Pakistan's Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan visited Ir an in May The Shah of Iran was the first hea d of.
The two-day visit to Pakistan by Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani was very significant because of the emerging geopolitical situation in the region. Opportunities have opened up because of the. The Diplomat is a current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific, with news and analysis on politics, security, business, technology and life across the region.
By Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today. Since the beginning of diplomatic relations, there have been many ups and downs in Pak-Iranian relations. Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan after it gained independence in Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan as a sovereign state with the Shah of Iran being the first Head of State to visit Pakistan.
The relationship between Iran and Pakistan however, changed.