Pakistan rejects 'double standards' on Iran's nuclear issue

Published: December 3, 2012
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Chairman Parliamentary committee on defence Mushahid Hussain (R) and Iran's Parliamentarian Alaeddin Borojourdi after their meeting on Monday. PHOTO: SANA

Chairman Parliamentary committee on defence Mushahid Hussain (R) and Iran's Parliamentarian Alaeddin Borojourdi after their meeting on Monday. PHOTO: SANA

Chairman Parliamentary committee on defence Mushahid Hussain (R) and Iran's Parliamentarian Alaeddin Borojourdi after their meeting on Monday. PHOTO: SANA

ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of the Parliamentary standing committee on defence Mushahid Hussain has slammed the dual standards on nuclear issues and strongly feels that the standoff with Iran on the nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully, without threat or use of force.

Speaking to the media after holding a meeting with the visiting delegation from Iran’s Parliament and Foreign Affairs Committee headed by Alaeddin Borojourdi. Hussain said that Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance mutual consultation and cooperation in the context of changes in the region, particularly Afghanistan which will affect both neighbours.

The Chairman, Senate Defence and Defence Production Committee said that the two committees had formal discussions at the Parliament House during which they exchanged views on Pakistan-Iran relations particularly the gas pipeline, Afghanistan, Muslim unity and the Iran nuclear programme.

Both sides also agreed on the necessity of enhancing cooperation between the Defence Ministries of both countries.

Senator Mushahid Hussain thanked Iran for its generous support to Pakistan during times of trouble, particularly when Pakistan faced pressures as well as during recent floods in Sindh.

The committee chairman said that Pakistan has no fundamental conflict of interests and that the entire Pakistani nation was committed to building the energy pipeline with Iran since it is a pipeline of peace and prosperity for the region.

Hussain told the visiting Iranian delegation that Pakistan rejects any double standards on the nuclear issue and strongly feels that the standoff with Iran on the nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully, without threat or use of force.

The Senate Defence Committee of Pakistan supported the right of Iran to undertake nuclear research and enrichment for peaceful purposes in accordance with IAEA safeguards.

Borojourdi clearly stated that Iran has no intention of building the atomic bomb but it will certainly exercise its right to do nuclear research and development for peaceful purposes.

The Iranian parliamentarian also stated that his country was committed to the energy pipeline with Pakistan and also offered to help support the construction of the pipeline in Pakistan as well, since, he said that the pipeline from the Iranian side was almost complete and there would be important development on this issue when President Zardari will visit Tehran on December 7.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Umar
    Dec 3, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Iran has a trend to suspect others and It’s understandable because they are facing a lot of problems. May allah help our brothers!

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  • Cautious
    Dec 3, 2012 - 10:29PM

    defence Mushahid Hussain has slammed
    the dual standards on nuclear issues

    And what dual standard is that? Iran is facing UN sanctions because it’s in violation of the nuclear treaty it signed — where’s the “dual std” in that?

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  • Parvez
    Dec 4, 2012 - 12:39AM

    This smacks of political brinkmanship and nothing more.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Dec 4, 2012 - 12:57AM

    @Cautious

    What treaty is that? pray tell which treaty denies Iran right to nuclear power?

    Here is something from your USA: ” a new study by the Congressional Research Service of the U.S. Congress: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R40094.pdf

    "Whether Iran has violated the NPT is unclear. The treaty does not contain a mechanism for determining that a state-party has violated its obligations. Moreover, there does not appear to be a formal procedure for determining such violations. [..]

    The U.N. Security Council has never declared Iran to be in violation of the NPT; neither the council nor the U.N. General Assembly has a responsibility to adjudicate treaty violations."

    International law professor Dan Joyner, who has written THE book about the NNPT, even argues (http://armscontrollaw.com/2012/09/13/the-iaea-applies-incorrect-standards-exceeding-its-legal-mandate-and-acting-ultra-vires-regarding-iran/) that “the IAEA applies incorrect standards, exceeds its legal mandate and is acting ultra vires (beyond its power) with regard to Iran.”

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  • Zeeshan
    Dec 4, 2012 - 1:57AM

    If 7 others have nukes in the name of safeguarding their interests then Iran has equal right to get em in the name of their self interests. End of story.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Dec 4, 2012 - 2:42AM

    @Cautious

    What Violation? Stop spreading propaganda. Congressional Research Service of the U.S. Congress: September 2012

    “Whether Iran has violated the NPT is unclear. The treaty does not contain a mechanism for determining that a state-party has violated its obligations. Moreover, there does not appear to be a formal procedure for determining such violations. [..]

    The U.N. Security Council has never declared Iran to be in violation of the NPT; neither the council nor the U.N. General Assembly has a responsibility to adjudicate treaty violations.”

    International law professor Dan Joyner, who has written THE book about the NNPT, even argues that “the IAEA applies incorrect standards, exceeds its legal mandate and is acting ultra vires (beyond its power) with regard to Iran.”

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  • Analyzer
    Dec 4, 2012 - 9:24AM

    I enjoy how @Cautious never lets facts get in the way of his ignorance.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 4, 2012 - 11:18AM

    “@Cautious:And what dual standard is that? Iran is facing UN sanctions because it’s in violation of the nuclear treaty it signed — where’s the “dual std” in that?”
    Do you think even believe that only non-muslim states do have rights to have nuclear weapons or nuclear technologies and muslim states don’t have rights?????
    Highly respected sir Iran is using nuclear technology for positive purposes not to kill the innocent people as US has been done in August 1945 during World War 1 when US threw atom bomb on Japanese city Hiroshima and US has thousands of nuclear,hydrogen and chemical bombs and weapons but Iran doesn’t have any single nuclear bomb and for your kind information this is every country’s basic right to have nuclear technology for positive usage and defence not only non-muslim countries.Yes definitely and no-doubt US has double standards and dual-faced policies for nuclear technologies regarding Islamic countries……

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