Iran's supreme leader throws weight behind Pakistan on Kashmir

Published: November 7, 2017
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor with his Iranian counterpart. PHOTO: ISPR

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor with his Iranian counterpart. PHOTO: ISPR

DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor, flanked by his Iranian counterpart, has addressed a joint press conference after the COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa met Iranian officials as part of his official visit to Tehran.

On behalf of the Pakistani army chief, he thanked the Iranian military and government for hospitality extended during the visit.

Gen Asif Ghafoor briefed Iranian media about Pakistan’s efforts, achievements and sacrifices in war against terror and towards regional peace.

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He also thanked Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his ‘supportive statement’ on Kashmir issue.  “Kashmir is long pending dispute between India and Pakistan. Regional peace and security remains at stake unless it’s resolved to the aspiration of Kashmiris in line with UN Resolution,” Ghafoor said.

Pakistan wished peace in Afghanistan and supported all initiatives towards achieving the goal, said the DG ISPR. “We have done everything on Pakistan side of the border. There are no terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan,” he added.

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Maj-Gen Ghafoor said ISIS was growing in Afghanistan as threat to the whole region and a combined approach was required to defeat the threat.

“State of Pakistan has stated that our relations with Iran are not at the cost of our relations with any other country and vice a versa. We greatly value our relations with Iran which have a positive history bonded by history, culture and religion.”

“In Pakistan we say that prerogative of declaring jihad rests only with state and armed forces are state instrument for its application against anti state elements,” Ghafoor added.

Iranian officer also thanked Pakistani delegation for their visit to Iran and acknowledged the supportive suggestions made by Army Chief Gen Qamar. He assured that Iranian soil shall not be used against Pakistan.

At the end of conference, Maj-Gen Ghafoor said: “The Pakistani delegation leaves Iran with positive feelings and strengthening relations.”

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Iqbal
    Nov 8, 2017 - 5:14AM

    But none of this has been reported in the Western press. Oh dear.Recommend

  • Prada
    Nov 8, 2017 - 5:59AM

    Throw more weight. More weight is needed.Recommend

  • Anything
    Nov 8, 2017 - 6:21AM

    India is going down the pan very soon with its false economy. No more make India… only FAKE in INDIA. Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Nov 8, 2017 - 7:23AM

    LOL. Khumeinie weight 200 Pound. Thats quiet a weight. He should do Yoga and morning walk to reduce it :). Recommend

  • Komal S
    Nov 8, 2017 - 8:12AM

    Pls check the news coverage in Tehran times and no mention of Kashmir. Actually the headlines is about Chahbar Port.Recommend

  • abdul awaal
    Nov 8, 2017 - 9:06AM

    Why is a nuclear power going to other countries seeking their support ?Recommend

  • abdul awaal
    Nov 8, 2017 - 9:52AM

    What is his weight ? Recommend

  • abdul awaal
    Nov 8, 2017 - 9:54AM

    All these people who talk of UN resolution will have the shock of their lives when they read the UN resolution..Recommend

  • LOL
    Nov 8, 2017 - 10:51AM

    but but modi said he will ‘isolate’ Pakistan :(Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 8, 2017 - 12:34PM

    Every one except kashmiris seem to be worried about their ” problem ” .Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Nov 9, 2017 - 11:25AM

    “He also thanked Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his ‘supportive statement’ on Kashmir issue” one wonders what did Iranian supreme leader actually said?Recommend

  • Giri
    Nov 9, 2017 - 12:36PM

    OK. Iran says something. So what? How does it affect status of Kashmir? Can any one in this world has means and guts to attack India and snatch Kashmir? Pakistanis are deluding themselves. Indians will prefer Nuclear war over separation of Kashmir.Recommend

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