Iran hints at joining Pakistan-Russia-China alliance

Published: January 28, 2017
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Head of Iranian parliament’s panel on national security says four countries should cooperate for regional peace. PHOTO: REUTERS

Head of Iranian parliament’s panel on national security says four countries should cooperate for regional peace. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The world, particularly Asia, has been undergoing a great transformation in recent years with the emergence of new alliances. Last month, Pakistan, Russia and China’s unprecedented trilateral meeting in Moscow on Afghanistan made headlines.

Now, Iran has expressed its willingness to join hands with Pakistan, China and Russia seeking a greater role for regional peace and stability particularly in Afghanistan.

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran Parliament’s committee on national security and foreign policy, who was on a three-day visit to Islamabad, hinted at a news conference here on Friday the formation of four-nation alliance against the backdrop of regional and international developments.

Boroujerdi held wide-ranging talks with Pakistani authorities including Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, told reporters that new alliances would be formed in the wake of victory of Donald Trump in the recent US presidential elections.

Given the changing situation, Pakistan, Russia, China and Iran should cooperate with each other for regional peace and stability, he added.

There were reports that Pakistan, China and Russia might invite Iran to join their discussions seeking a political solution to the long running unrest in Afghanistan.

When asked to comment on Pakistan’s stance seeking Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the senior Iranian politician while emphasising the need for ‘intra-Afghan dialogue’ insisted that no one should impose decision from outside.

He acknowledged both Pakistan and Iran could play an important role in helping Afghanistan dealing with the problem of militancy.

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When asked whether Iran would join Saudi-led coalition formed last year to fight terrorism, Boroujerdi claimed the Saudi initiative was only meant to kill innocent people in Yemen. “Therefore, no one would like to be part of such a coalition,” he said

To another question about the arrest of Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav, the Iranian leader said the intelligence agencies of the two countries were in contact with each other over the issue. However, he added that Iran had not yet shared with Pakistan its investigations about the controversy.

Declaring Iran’s Chahbaha port and Pakistan’s Gwadar as sister ports, Boroujerdi pointed out that Iran was willing to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as according to him that this would benefit Islamabad and Tehran.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2017.

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  • abreez
    Jan 28, 2017 - 9:21AM

    Pakistan’s foreign policy should be, ‘country to country relationship and that relationship must not be against any other country’. I don’t think that now Pakistan can afford the luxury of alliances. New opportunities for Pakistan are on the horizon and when the time will come Pakistan will leave with only one option, avail those opportunities. For Pakistan positive contribution in Iranian economy is as important as positive contribution in Arab economies. Pakistan should not ask for any relationship which will give wrong signals to other countries. Very important for Pakistan to play a positive role in Chinese and Russian economies but when positive effects of global warming will create opportunities for Pakistan to play a positive role in American economy, Pakistan will play a positive role in American economy, as DT is for four years and not for life time. Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Jan 28, 2017 - 9:37AM

    @Abreez Pakistan has nothing to offer to US, China and Russia.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jan 28, 2017 - 10:11AM

    When did pakistan join this alliance.Last heard, pakistan is only a concubine of China.Recommend

  • sam ganguly
    Jan 28, 2017 - 10:11AM

    Ironic, how the countries that created the root of the unrest in afghanistan, is now working on bringing peace onto it..:DRecommend

  • Travis L
    Jan 28, 2017 - 10:28AM

    What alliance?
    Russia and the US are patching up thanks to Trump.Recommend

  • Afghan
    Jan 28, 2017 - 11:04AM

    Zero space is available for Pakistan in the future of Afghanistan. If you ask ordinary Afghan about Pakistan, his/ her response will be the most detistible country in the eyes of Afghans. Recommend

  • kamal
    Jan 28, 2017 - 11:11AM

    It will be music to the ears of Indians. Pakistani are getting billions of dollars from Gulf from its citizens working there.Any alliance with Iran will damage Pakistani economy beyond repair. We have seen an example on republic day of India when crown prince was chief guest. Secondly, Trump will make sure Pakistan/Pakistani products are banned like Iran. Great great news for India.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Jan 28, 2017 - 11:17AM

    Russia, Pakistan, China is fine Iran coming in will not be a very easy setting,with the changes taking place in the west specially with Trump in America, although Iran is important member of this area,
    Iran wants to come in for their own good, Iran has a fear of being left alone with the new American policy of not letting Iran national come in America,this is the time for Pakistan also to review its policies…Recommend

  • Truthexpos3d
    Jan 28, 2017 - 12:58PM

    Look at all the butthurt randians.. tried very hard to isolate pakistan but it seems no one is getting isolated. infact alliances in Asia are reshaping and India’s worth in Russia’s eyes cannot become anymore Lamer.Recommend

  • Someone
    Jan 28, 2017 - 1:13PM

    @wiserneighbour:
    Let’s not get into that business. Because everyone knows who India is a concubine of, including the world’s next superpower.Recommend

  • Abdul Wahab
    Jan 28, 2017 - 1:18PM

    @Afghan:
    If Pakistan is the most detestable country why did your millions take refuge in Pakistan, please get out and take refuge in India, your new hindu brother. Recommend

  • abreez
    Jan 28, 2017 - 1:45PM

    @Lumdheeng
    Russia is seeking a role which could give Russia both benefits, political and economic. For that role road links are very important and when Russia will become an important link among different countries of the world, Pakistan will offer unlimited opportunities to Russia and China. In near future when $1.2 trillion public debt of America will compel America to facilitate different continents in trade and tourism via pan American highway, Pakistan will offer unlimited opportunities to America. Wait for sometime every country of the world will realize the importance of rail and road links.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Jan 28, 2017 - 2:12PM

    Very easy for Iran if they put India behind and declare Pakistan as their trusted friend berfore India will stab them in the back…see what India is doing hugging UAE on one side and kissing Iran on the other, the future of Muslim countries is by sticking together and not hugging India.Recommend

  • Kkm
    Jan 28, 2017 - 3:22PM

    What alliance ??? Fake assumption by paki media….rassia is against islamist Pakistan had fought jehadi war against rassia so how can rassia trust itRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Jan 28, 2017 - 3:55PM

    Not as long as Saudi Arabia can help it.Recommend

  • curious2
    Jan 28, 2017 - 4:18PM

    Pakistan, China and Russia got together one time to talk about Afghanistan – now it’s an “alliance”. Really?Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jan 28, 2017 - 7:05PM

    @Someone:
    can you elaborate ?who will be the next world super power? your sugar daddy China hold you by puppet strings and you have no option,but to lick their boots.India do not pawn own esteem to any country in the world.Recommend

  • Jameel
    Jan 28, 2017 - 7:40PM

    @Abdul Wahab:

    Exactly bro, they are not only hypocrites but also thankless nation. They are blind and deaf for obvious reasons, they are being fed by India in exchange for their nefarious designs against Pakistan. Remember whenever there will be another adventure for power struggle in Afghanistan, they will look for Pakistan to provide them shelter and food.India will be no where
    Thankless Afghanis, may be this time, you will not be welcome for your behaviors, unworthy of a grateful nation. .

    With this alliance you will be encircled from all sides, better you decide what you want. Recommend

  • Two
    Jan 28, 2017 - 9:24PM

    Pak always likes to line up alongside the big boys. If Russia or China are not mentioned, no one really pays attention or seems to care – so the big names are thrown everywhere.,

    Progressive countries make themselves stronger. Take Germany for instance. They never make self-promoting statements but they consistently work on their core strengths. They became better and better and then the world don’t have a choice but take notice.

    This requires a lot of understanding oneself, working on core beliefs and deliver with what you have. You can then grow to greater heights, Recommend

  • Utopian
    Jan 29, 2017 - 6:51AM

    Perhaps Pakistanis, like they always do, forget what Russia did to the Chechen Muslims and what China is doing to the Muslims in Urumqi. I strongly advise them to do some research. Recommend

  • Mango man
    Jan 29, 2017 - 11:16AM

    You mean, Pak will dump Saudis for Iran? Saudi will not allow Pak to align with Iran Recommend

  • Nitin
    Jan 29, 2017 - 12:08PM

    @Saeed Masood: Pakistan is also stabbing UAE with kissing Iranian. Don’t you.Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Jan 29, 2017 - 2:12PM

    @wiserneighbour: Really??? Wake up and read your past and current history. After your so-called non-alliance policy, you alligned with USSR and now you are alligned with USA. How can you say India does not pawn itself with anyone?? Time and again, India has sold its esteem while pawning itself to the powers who are controlling the world and it (India).Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Jan 29, 2017 - 2:15PM

    @Two: I agree with what you are stating, but when you have an enemy on your left and another on your right, its better to mention as a reminder on WHO all you are friends with. Recommend

  • ali
    Jan 29, 2017 - 6:07PM

    Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • Tariq
    Apr 14, 2017 - 8:03PM

    Pakistan comes first is our policy. All country’s is our friends we want India to be a our good friend and good neighbour. Its in the favour of Indian and Pakistani next generation thay are our childrens.Recommend

  • Sharaf Khan
    May 26, 2017 - 10:24PM

    @wiserneighbour:
    You better get your hearing tested before you miss out important facts.Recommend

  • Sharaf Khan
    May 26, 2017 - 10:42PM

    @Kkm:
    Political scenario is changing and Russians are no fools.Recommend

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