Trilateral, Summit between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan begining today (Friday) would be judged from the implementation of decisions in due course of time, but what is more significant is that it takes place at a time when the region is facing threats from all sides. On the one hand the Americans are in negotiations with Taliban for a face saving pullout of NATO forces from Afghanistan and on the other Iran is being threatened of punitive strikes and sanctions over its nuclear programme.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Ahmadinejad and Hamid Karzai at their two previous trilateral summit committed to promoted regional cooperation and strengthening of peace and stability which is need of the hour.
By Abdul Majid Zargar. (KashmirWatch)
Tensions between USA & Israel duo on the one hand & Iran on the
other have risen alarmingly in recent months. Bellicose statements are
emanating regularly from Washington and other Western capitals. Tough
unilateral sanctions have already been put in place against Iran. These
include new sanctions on the export of Iranian oil and gas. The
banking transactions of Iran are being frozen by taking its banks out of
the global banking software “SWIFT” (Society for Worldwide
Interbank Financial Telecommunication) which facilitates international
bank transfers & payments. Israel has resorted to its old game of
operations & killed at least five Iranian scientists connected with
its nuclear programmed.
Besides this the duo has used computer
foul up Iranian nuclear software. Meanwhile, the US and the EU have
tightened their sanctions, adding travel bans and asset freezes that
– to judge by Iran's increasingly indignant response – to be hurting.
It is widely believed Iran has responded in cash by targeting
Israel’s diplomatic staff in other parts of the world-The latest being
in Delhi , Tiblisi & Bangkok.
Being at the centre of a global
storm and adversely effected by sanctions, Iran has issued a warning
that “not a drop of oil” will flow through the Strait of Hormuz if
sanctions are imposed on the Iranian oil sector. This sea passage
accounts for 35% of the total global oil flow In the last week of
Iranian army carried out 10 days of military drill in the Sea of Oman,
located near the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian ships and aircraft dropped
the sea as part of the drill.
America responded to these threats
by deploying two of its warships – the aircraft carrier USS John C.
Stennis and the guided-missile destroyer USS Mobile Bay – towards the
strait. The U.S. Defense Department issued a warning that any step to
“inhibit freedom of navigation” through the Strait of Hormuz “will not
In the Asian & European region, Iran is
left with friends like China & Russia. The former is the biggest
buyer of Iranian crude oil and is on record having said that it is
emotionally charged action” in the region. Russia has warned the West
against “cranking up the spiral of tension”, saying that this
will be detrimental to the efforts to get Iran back to the negotiating
table.The absence of support from these two countries has compelled
bye-pass the UN route for imposing sanction and instead ganged up with
European Countries to impose its will. When the target was Iraq, it used
Being a super-cop of the world America is doing what it likes. Saudi
Arabia is against Iran going nuclear. Its “cut the snake’s
head” remark as exposed by wickileaks has now become a permanent
metaphor in the political lexicon of the region. There are reports which
suggest that it has also assured America to boost its oil production in
case Iran cuts its own as a retaliatory measure. This will indeed be a
unfriendly act & Saudi may have to ultimately repent on it in the
long run. India is showing signs of neutrality but if the media reports
& views &
comments offered by readers is any indication, the overwhelming
majority of its public opinion appears to side with Israel than Iran.
The support of
few others like Turkey & Brazil does not matter much.
these trying conditions at home, President Ahmadinejad’s likely to visit
Pakistan carries a lot of significance. Many issues such as
Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, export of electricity to Pakistan and
expansion of bilateral
ties in the field of railway and air transportation are likely to be
But to make the visit more fruitful, Ahmednijad should
& strike a nuclear sharing deal with Pakistan. As part of the deal,
the two countries should carry out mutual consultations and take common
on nuclear weapons policy, maintain technical equipment required for the
use of nuclear weapons including warplanes capable of delivering them
dint of this deal, Iran should host sufficient nuclear weapons delivered
by Pakistan on its own territory but the command & control
remain with Pakistan. This will provide an adequate nuclear shield to
Iran. As a quid-pro-quo Iran should help Pakistan with hard currency or
even free oil which will reduce its aid dependency on America. Given the
fact that Pakistan shares a land border with Iran, the agreement is not
difficult to put in effect. After all America has done this deal with UK
in the past and if that is so why can’t Pakistan & Iran do it? The
question is-Have you gut & a will to stand up and be counted?
know critics will wag their draggers at me for suggesting violation of
accepted behavior on nuclear non-proliferation. But my take is- Let us
ignore them. Even God does not help those who do not help themselves.
(The author is a practicing chartered Accountant. Feed back at email@example.com)