By Dr Shahid Qureshi ;-
“Iran pushed Corona virus infected thousands (mostly Shia Zairins from Qom) into Pakistan”, said Prime Minister Imran Khan. Gates of fortresses in Muslims countries were opened from inside for the (enemies), like gates of closed border due to Covid19 were opened at Taftan from inside Pakistan. Now it has infected the country with deadly Corona virus and total lock down costing billions.
It is proven again that Pakistan is the best country to lead the Muslim world and bring them together under true Islamic liberal values. Pakistan’s armed forces are and will be defending both Makkah and Madina from any kind of aggression or terrorism.
Pakistani Shias look up to Iran as Jews to Israel but Iran let them down and even ignored the basic principle set by the Prophet of Islam (PBUH), ‘If you find yourself in epidemic (vaba) don’t leave the city and also don’t go there’.
PM Imran Khan seems to be not ‘briefed’ properly about Iranian mentality and its relations with rest of the Muslim world?
Gates of fortresses in Muslims history were opened from inside for the (enemies), like gates of closed border of Pakistan- Iran at Taftan were opened to infect Pakistan with deadly Corona virus and total lock down of the country costing billions. Sadly, names of Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari aka Zulfi Bukhari adviser to the Prime Minister and Ali Zaidi, minister for Ports and Shipping are widely quoted for influencing opening to the doors for the infected coming from city of Qom in Iran.
The same story as gates forts were opened by Prime Minister Ali-Alkami for Mongols in Baghdad, resulted in 80,000 deaths, Mir Jafar Prime Minister of Bengal in the Battle of Plassey betrayed with his 50,000 soldiers resulted in over 250 years rule by the British in India or his great grandson President Sakindar Mirza, buried with state funeral in Iran, resulted in Moratorium of gas and oil exploring in Baluchistan or Mir Sadiq who betrayed Tipu Sultan, The Lion of Maysore.
Not a single case of infected Covid19 entered into Pakistan from China where virus originated, and Pakistani students were told to remain in China to stop the spread. But all the precautions and international rules were criminally ignored in case of infected Covid19 Shia worshipers coming from Qom, Iran into Pakistan. It is alleged that Ali Zaidi minister for ports and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari aka ‘Zulfi Bukhari’ a staunch Shia himself influenced the opening of Pak-Iran border. He denied influencing the opening of border.
He gave his side of explanation in a TV program that: ‘Pakistanis were looking at the gates on other side waiting to come in’, as Iranian put exit stamps on their passports’. That’s Iran for you and a lesson for all Pakistani Shia zaireen. Under Islamic principles and saying of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH), ‘If you find yourself in epidemic don’t leave the city and also don’t enter in the city’. This could be easily contained in Qom with Pakistan’s support to provide service to its citizens. Dozens of Indian Shias from Lucknow and elsewhere reportedly died in Qom without any medical support from Iranian authorities. Now Iran has pushed thousands of infected Afghans into Afghanistan.
According to reports Chief Minister of Baluchistan informed the federal government in Islamabad and also raised the matter with the Iranian ambassador in Islamabad but no one paid any attention. Interestingly the inflow of corona infected ‘religious tourists’, and approximately 10000 Al-Zaibun terrorist of Shia militia fighters from Syria, Iraq and Yemen entered into Pakistan according to reports. Al-Zaibun is a militia consists of Pakistani Shia fighters commanded by Iranian General is declared a terrorist organisation by the USA. In February 2020 three senior commanders of Al-Zaibun were arrested in Karachi. 17 Pakistani Shias of Al-Zaibun Brigade were killed by Syrian opposition and Turkish forces in Idlib military operation in March 2020.
I have no doubts about the sincerity of Prime Minister Imran Khan, but now he is the head of a government and his donation collection days mates cannot be inducted in highly sensitive positions with divided localities. “Iran may be bombastic, but Pakistan has the Bomb”, wrote Douglas Bloomfield in The Jerusalem Post on 3rd September 2008, “Iran may boast of great strides in its pursuit of nuclear, missile and satellite technology, but analysts say its progress is no match for its overblown rhetoric. But Pakistan doesn’t need to boast. It already has a stockpile estimated at 60 or more nuclear warheads and North Korean ballistic missiles and US-made F-16s to deliver them.”
Last year Shireen Mazari and Ali Zaidi who travelled to Iran with him after the killings of 14 Pakistani soldiers in April 2019 by the Iranian Republican Guards in Baluchistan mislead him. Though President of Iran removed a senior General involved because Pakistani ISI gave him undeniable solid evidence.
People think Iran takes Pakistan’s kindness as some kind of weakness but that is not the case. Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and that’s why it close down airspace in February 2019 before retaliating Indian Air Force attacks and shot down two Indian Air Force jets in broad day light. It even loaded Shaheen-III missile to send to Israel after reports of Israeli pilots involved in air attacks on Pakistan. That’s why US hurriedly installed patriot missile defence systems within 7 days in Israel.
On the other hand, Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane at Tehran airport after firing missiles without warheads at a US used military base in Iraq. They even informed the Iraq (USA) three hours before the missile attacks?
Pakistan is the best to Unite and Lead Muslim World
Pakistan is the best country in the Muslims world to lead in all spheres from economy, military and foreign policy. Pakistani military’s experience in fighting terrorism and extremism makes it unique in the world. On the other hand, the constitution of Pakistan is also non-sectarian and it protects the rights of its all citizens. It is not a Sunni constitution unlike Iranian constitution and that makes Pakistan leader among the Muslim World.
Iran is a Shia State according to Article 12 of its constitution on the other hand Pakistan is Islamic Republic and its constitution does not specify which ‘fiqah’ (Islamic code of Jurisprudence) to follow as all are equal and has same rights.
Article 12 of the Iranian constitution States:
“The official religion of Iran is Islam and the Twelver Ja’fari school [in usual al-Din and fiqh], and this principle will remain eternally immutable…”
Pakistan is liberal state when it comes to religious tolerance and harmony and that is why Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri said to his Iran counterpart: “Pakistani Shias are not like Sunnis in Iran”. Pakistan always say Iran as brotherly Islamic country. The important question is where Iran place Pakistan on trade, economy, military, Kashmir and foreign policy.
Obviously, Iranians have chosen to form a military and economic alliance with India apart from Indian Amy’s killings in Indian held Kashmir, demolishing of Babri Masjid and genocide of Muslims in Gujrat and Kashmir. Therefore, all is not moral and ethically up to the preached standards in the Iranian foreign policy.
The good thing about Iranian smartness is that they have been able to ‘plant and cultivate a powerful pro Iran lobby in Pakistan almost free of cost’. They are however, funding clerics and training certain terrorist elements of Pakistani society exporting them the theory of ‘Velyat e Fiqh’ which has its political and security implications as this does not recognise international boundaries or borders.
Pakistan did not object when Iran recruited Pakistani Shias to fight in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. According to Iranian General Retired General Mohammad Ali Falaki, who said: “We formed Shiite army to fight in Iraq, Syria and Yemen” “The Shiite Liberation Army is currently fighting on three fronts – Iraq, Syria and Yemen,” he told Mashregh news agency, which is close to the IRGC, in an interview. He said Pakistanis have their ‘Zeynabioun’ militia group, Iraqis have their ‘Heydarioun’ while the Lebanese have Hezbollah.”
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One must understand Pakistan economic and strategic interests: The running of Indian spying operations against Pakistan from Iranian soil in Chabhar and arrest of active service Indian Navy Commodore Kubhushan Yadove in 2016, which lead to the further arrests of over 473 agents of his network mostly members of Shia militant terrorist groups including two employees of Iranian Centre (Khana-e-Farhang Iran) Multan is very serious. Pakistan has a right to ask perfectly legitimate questions to Iran:
(a) Why Iran allowed Indian agency RAW to use its soil?
(b) why it allowed Indians to recruit mostly Pakistani Shias?
(c) it is very dangerous that Iran has allowed Pakistani Shia networks to be used by the Indians?
(d) Pakistani society is not sectarian and almost 3% Shias of Pakistan are living very happily with strong family bond and inter marriages.
One sided love with Iran is ‘harming and damaging’ Pakistan and that is only possible if self-harming leaders of Pakistan allow it to happen. For example, pro Iran Asif Zardari signed a very overpriced gas agreement with Iran. The price was agreed $12 per MMBTU and if you add pipeline rent it comes to $14 per MMBTU.
If we look at it in today’s prices it comes down to $10 MMBTU. Iran is not ready to review the agreement after Indian refusal to join in, although ‘reviewing’ is part of the agreement. How the hell one can even imagine. If this has happened in UK or USA, signatory would have been in prison by now. This is a day light robbery and sound like a pawn shop agreement by crooks in place?
In the world, open market same gas is available as much as $3 MMBTU. It seems that Iran is very confident that pro Iran Shia elements in the Pakistani establishment and system will allow this self-harming and damaging Agreement to continue.
A defense expert told me that: “In 1965 when war broke out between India and Pakistan as we were using same type of US made arms we sent a an officer to request the Iranian to supply us just in case we run out as US has put sanctions on Pakistan. To our surprise Iranians started bargaining on the prices of arms we needed”. Not much changed since.
Over 2 million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and about 3 million in Sunni countries in Gulf and UAE and only about 25000 in Iran. Pakistani economic and strategic interests are predominantly in the Sunni world which cannot ignored due to sectarian policies of Iran?
Iranians have signed nuclear deal with the US and others and have restored diplomatic relations with UK. Over $30 billion India-Iran military and civil cooperation deal is obviously against Pakistan’s interests.
Indian infiltration and sponsoring of terrorism from Iran and Afghanistan cannot be ignored. Iranians have contracted Indians to build “Port of Chabhar” and also provided access to Indians from Iran to build roads and other projects in Afghanistan. If Indians and others successfully sabotage the Pak-China corridor project Iranian port will be direct beneficiary. On the other hand Pakistan army chief has “warned all and sundry that Pak-China project will be completed at all cost”.
Pakistan is Iran’s natural trade partner due to the land and sea borders but Iran’s trade with India is much higher.
“India’s oil imports from Iran top 500,000 barrel per day in 2016/17. India’s Iran oil imports jumped to a record high in 2016/17 topping half-a-million barrels per day (bpd) as refiners boosted purchases after lifting of some Western sanctions against Tehran last year. India, Iran’s biggest oil buyer after China, was among a handful of countries that continued to deal with Tehran despite Western sanctions over its nuclear programme. Refiners shipped in about 541,000 bpd of Iranian oil in the fiscal year to March, a growth of about 115 percent over the previous year, ship tracking data obtained from sources and data compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research & Forecasts showed.
In an interview with Hassan Nourian, Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hyderabad India, The Dollar Business explores current issues in the India-Iran bilateral relationship published in Financial Tribune on 6th April 2017.
What is the strategic significance of Chabahar Port for India and Iran?
India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a tripartite agreement last year during the visit of [Indian] PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Tehran, to develop the Chabahar Port into a transit hub. India has committed to a $500 million investment for the same.
Until 1947, Iran and India were neighbouring countries. Since the separation of Pakistan, India has not had a direct trade route connecting it with Central Asia and Afghanistan. Easy trade access to Central Asia is the prime strategic reason behind India’s investment in Chabahar Port.
Chabahar is not only an economically beneficial area but also an important strategic area. Through investments from countries like India, Iran hopes to bring about the development of many undeveloped villages and cities in the Chabahar region.
What are the supply-demand statistics of basmati rice in Iran?
Per capita consumption of basmati rice in Iran currently stands at 37–40 kg annually, or 104 grams per day. While Iran’s annual production of basmati rice averages 1.8 million-2 million tons, consumption is around 3 million tons. To fill in for this deficit between demand and supply, Iran imports rice to the tune of 1 million tons every year, mostly from India.
What is India’s share in Iran’s total import of basmati rice?
The quality of Indian basmati rice is ideal and suitable for Iranian consumption. As much as 700,000 tons of the Iranian annual basmati rice imports are sourced from India. Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and other European and Latin American countries account for the remaining 30% imports.
Iran has off-late cut down import tariffs on rice from 40% to 26%, to boost affordability. With the same objective, the Iranian government recommends a price cap of $850/ton for rice imports. Due to a drop in global prices of oil, India-Iran trade volume dropped from $13 billion in 2015 to $9 billion in 2016, despite an increase in the volume of oil imports by India from Iran.
More than 70% of the India-Iran trade are currently in crude oil. Rice, dal [pulses] and other edibles make up for most of the remaining trade volume. Iran would like to go beyond this traditional trade relationship and engage with India in advanced sectors like IT, aerospace, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.”
well the above interview is self-explanatory for the Pakistanis and those who are fallen in one sided love with Iran.
Pakistanis are open minded and non-sectarian and non-racist that is they allowed Sikandar Mirza’s second wife Naheed Afghamy an Iranian citizen (former wife of Col. Afghamy Iranian Military Attaché to Pakistan) to become first lady of Pakistan. Pakistanis have loved and allowed another Iranian born Nusrat Isphani (Bhutto) to become first lady of Pakistan and her daughter Benazir Bhutto twice prime minister of Pakistan. Although in 1994 Benazir Bhutto attempted to break up the ISI (Pakistani Intelligence Agency) by firing 7 directors and 17 high level operatives from the ISI within three days according General Aslam Beg the former Army Chief. They were all Afghan experts. Although according to Abdul Bari Alatwan, editor of Al-Qadas newspaper: ‘Iran is the sole beneficiary of US intervention in Iran and Afghanistan.”
More recently in 2016 on the other hand, Maynmar aka Burma did not allow political leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become the Prime Minister of the country because she was married to a British white man and her son is a British citizen lives in Cambridge.
The most resistance and opposition against the appointment of General Raheel Sharif as head of Muslim Forces Alliance was coming from the pro-Iran and Pro -Indian lobby. We saw the full activation of all assets in media, academia and politics. The wave was so high and powerful that the security establishment could not believe the pressures and resistance.
Pakistan need to run a cleaning and cleansing campaign inside NOW.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan 2020, April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016, 2019 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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