Iranian foreign minister to visit Pakistan next week: sources

Published: April 2, 2015
Sources confirm the top Iranian diplomat will be in Islamabad on April 8 as part of consultations on Yemen crises. PHOTO: REUTERS

Sources confirm the top Iranian diplomat will be in Islamabad on April 8 as part of consultations on Yemen crises. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: In a crucial development amid worsening crises in Yemen, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif is expected to arrive in Pakistan next week.

Official sources confirmed that the top Iranian diplomat will be in Islamabad on April 8 as part of consultations on the Yemen crises.

Iran is believed to be concerned over reports that Pakistan is all set to join the Saudi-led military alliance against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The conflict in the Arab Peninsula is seen as wider power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Read: Iran says US ‘military option’ talk proves distrust

Speaking at the weekly news briefing in the federal capital on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam refused to confirm or deny Zarif’s visit.

Answering a question, Aslam insisted that a crisis in Yemen was not a conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

However, she did not share Pakistan’s assessment on the current situation in Yemen.

Replying to another question, spokesperson said Pakistan had not yet taken any decision to join the coalition of Gulf states, as the matter had been referred to Parliament.

Aslam added that Pakistan had no information about reports that at least 7 Pakistanis were killed in Yemen by Houthi rebels.

“As of now we don’t have any such reports.”

She said Pakistan was making all out efforts to bring back the remaining Pakistanis who are stranded in Yemen as it considered the welfare of its nationals a top priority.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Pakistani
    Apr 2, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Please tell Iranians to STOP interference in Pakistan.

    We want names of their proxies in Pakistan and how they are funded.Recommend

  • raider
    Apr 2, 2015 - 8:01PM

    ask Saudi Arabia stop interfering Pakistan matters like push at political and strategic issues in Pakistan. Saudis stop interfering Yemen let them be a sovereign state Recommend

  • Munir Ahmed
    Apr 2, 2015 - 8:20PM

    @Pakistani: This is an old theory that has been used to equalize Saud’s wrongdoings in Pakistan and elsewhere. Was that Iran who installed illegitimate Hadi in Yemen, Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan, Husni Mubarak and now General Sisi in Egypt, Saad Hariri in Lebanon, Khalifa in Bahrain and trying to install ISIS proxy in Syria and Iraq. Common man be real – get life. If Iran was using proxy war in Pakistan then there must have been retalition in response to when their nationals, cadets and diplomats killed on Pakistan’s land. Do you know why Pakistanis are having energy and gas crises, the minister petroleum is saying he needs an in camera parliamentery session to share that information. People like you have put pakistan in a state it is in now, the fourth dangerous country in the world. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 3, 2015 - 12:35AM

    @Munir Ahmed:

    Saudis have already been told to stop interfering in Pakistan.

    I am Pakistani, I think both Iran and Saudi need to sort out their problems without using proxies in Pakistan.

    Have a look at some demos and you will see posters of Khomeini – what does he have to do with Pakistan???? Iran is very responsible for polarising Pakistan; it is also the startegic ally of India.

    You can call me whatever names you like, but I want Pakistanis to put Pakistan first, regardless of what their religion or sect is.

    I have lots of Iranian friends – thet are all sick of their mullahs. Recommend

  • truth
    Apr 3, 2015 - 2:07AM

    How about you share with us first which illegal madrassah you were brainwashed in?Recommend

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