Pakistan Seeks Iran Assistance In Afghanistan

The Pakistan government is asking Iran to assume a greater role in establishing conditions of peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said Iran was an “important regional player” and urged the Iranian government to participate in upcoming international meetings to deal with the escalating violence in the Afghan region. The request is interesting but many experts actually wonder what type of influence the Iranian government can exert on Afghanistan where al-Qaida and the Taliban are Sunni Muslims and the Iranians are Shiite. Ironically, in 2001, the Iranian government reached out to President Bush and offered to assist the US effort in Afghanistan which was getting rid of one of its main enemies– the Taliban. But, Bush turned down the offer and the world is living with another of the Bush legacies of disaster.

We suggest that Turkey might be a more natural source of serving as a mediator than Shiite Iran. Turkey could exert leverage in being a source of financial aid to the Afghan people that would be welcomed since it would be coming from Muslims who could be trusted. It has yet to be established by any government or expert on the region how Iran could or would play a mediating role in the Afghanistan mess.

  • Khwaja Aftab Ali, Florida, USA

    FIVE REGIONAL CITIES OF PAKISTAN should be upgraded with in the provinces in the country. Regional cities of Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP, Gawadar/ Qalat in Balouchistan, Sukkar/ Larkana in Upper Sind, Jehlam/ Rawalpindi and Multan in Punjab province. These regional cities have been ignored by the federal and provincial governments although these cities have their own history, culture and languages.Dera Ismail Khan in south of Pakhtun khwa/MWFP is under seige, Multan/DG Khan in south of Punjab is next target of religious extremists,Sukkar/ Larkana is being rule by criminals, Gawadar/ Qalat is trouble some. The people of these regions have to travel to provincial capitals for every small issue and requirement of the daily life which should be provided in nearby cities. A good number of population travel to big cities for their survival to earn livelihood as the local feudal own majority land and keep the common man as their slaves. Creation of regional government and upgrading of the regional cities will save a lot of money and time of the poor people of these regions. Circuit benches of the High Courts are already working in these areas and only requirement is the additional staff of different departments involved in additional work at the provincial capitals. The concern authorities should immediately consider to upgrade the regional cities. And immediate attention should be given upgrade/build the airports,TV station, civic center, libraries,hospitals, educational institutes and investment opportunities for Pakistanis living abroad and foreign firms to create jobs in the area as majority population in rural Pakistan do not have enough resources to survive. It’s remind me the condition of pre Islamic revolution of Iran in Shah time when the rural Iran was ignored and the capital Tehran was developed in a way to call it Paris of Middle East with modern life style. Couple of other big cities like Isfahan and Caspian sea was taken care of because of foreign tourists but rural area was ruled by cruel police and intelligence. Then what happen rural population supported the Islamic revolution and moved to Tehran and other big cities later on. The new government after revolution developed, built and upgraded the rural areas of Iran accordingly. A fund to upgrade/build these regional cities in Pakistan should be intoduced by public and private sector and Pakistani government, our foreign friends and Pakistanis living abroad may be asked to participate in this development mission in the country..KHWAJA AFTAB ALI,( former secretary, Iranian embassy, Saudi Arabia,1979-88) Advocate High Court & I.P. Attorney-first & the only Pakistani lawyer who earned Intellectual Property laws scholarship in USA,presently residing in Florida, USA.

  • Fred Stopsky

    Thanks for this very informative entry.