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Reaction to General Soleimani's Assassination in Pakistan, and West Asia

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Pakistani senators have expressed concern over the fall out of tension between the US and neighboring Iran in the aftermath of killing of General Qasem Soleimani.

Senator Raza Rabbani told the Senate Friday that the America's killing of Soleimani has given rise to new tensions in the region. He said the worsening US-Iran relationship could have implications for Pakistan's national security.

Senator Sherry Rehman said the Iranian general's killing could trigger a "serious crisis-like situation" in the Middle East.

Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz told the senate that the government is "monitoring" the US-Iran tensions while also assessing the international reaction to the developments.

On Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reached out to Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa in the aftermath of the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani.

"Pakistan's Chief of Staff General Bajwa and I spoke today [Friday] about US defensive action to kill Qasem Soleimani," said Pompeo on Twitter, adding the "Iran regime's actions in the region are destabilizing and our resolve in protecting American interests, personnel, facilities, and partners will not waver".

On its part, Pakistan army's media wing tweeted: "COAS received telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Regional situation including possible implications of recent escalation in Middle East was discussed," the tweet said adding: "COAS emphasized need for maximum restraint and constructive engagement by all concerned to de-escalate the situation in broader interest of peace and stability."

The United Arab Emirates & Saudi Arabia

The United Arab Emirates, an ally of the US and Saudi Arabia in their rivalry against Tehran, was the first Arabian Gulf nation to react on Soleimani's assassination.

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash called for "wisdom and moderation" rather than "confrontation and escalation." "Rational engagement requires a calm and unemotional approach," he said.

"This is a huge escalation of an already unstable situation in the Middle East, the region cannot afford more tension," said Jaber Al Lamki, a media official with the UAE government.

"Those countries must be feeling very concerned about the potential fallout and the risk to their societies and their economies," said Vakil.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affair Adel Al-Jubair tweeted early Satruday: "The Kingdom's statement regarding the events in Iraq stresses the Kingdom's view of the importance of de-escalation to save the countries of the region and their people from the risks of any escalation."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on the phone with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the airstrikes at Baghdad airport killing General Soleimani. They discussed measures for reducing tension in the region during the call, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

"Both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have watched the developments in Iraq over the weekend with great concern, fearing that Iran might respond against US forces on their territory," said Andreas Krieg of King's College London.

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You are wrong in your reference to countries which border Persian Gulf. This term has been used for thousands of years.

I agree with Lila York that Soleimani defeated ISIS which was created to cause mayhem in the region even Turkey started stealing Iraqi and Syrian oil and gas because of ISIS. Saudi criminals funded members of ISIS and the arms which they used demonstrated which countries were behind them.

After defeat of ISIS, Western countries took credit for that.

In international relations, there should be laws to follow to keep us from being savages. MANY countries have genuine grievances against Western countries for stealing their natural resources and destroying their infrastructures. Western legal systems have been biased towards West Asian countries for over 100 years starting with British thieves who arrived to divide to region.

Very few people have discussed illegal sanctions if a country stands up to Western companies and countries. Bolivia is the latest catastrophe.

Rules of force and jungle have been used to govern international relations. Western media has been biased for distorting facts and in case of France not reporting their facts.

Illegal sanctions which violate international agreements have brought sufferings to millions of people. Even refugees who escaped to other countries are affected by these unfair illegal practices.

Any killing must be condemned. Since World War II, over 50,000,000 million have been killed and over 4000,000,000 dislocated, injured and lost a limb because of Russia and Western countries aggressions. Controlled Western media keeps repeating 6,000,000 Jews at the hand of Germany which we had nothing to do with it. Iran housed and welcomed many refugees from Germany, Poland, and Afghanistan. Iran has the largest number of refugees receiving no UN support because of veto power of Western countries. Illegal sanctions has hurt refugees too.

Indeed rules of jungle are being used to steal, lie, and cheat while millions of people are losing their lands, homes and natural resources.

If media shows the world that assassination is fine and good, other countries might justify it for killing other leaders.

Killing people is wrong. Assassinating scientist is wrong. Stealing native people's lands is wrong. Not following UN resolutions is wrong. Stealing oil and gas is wrong.

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The term "Middle East" was an editing error and not in the author's original title. OEN writers' guildlines permits editors to change the title of articles for clarity. It has been changed to "West Asia". My apology to you, the author, and everyone concerned.

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Thank you David Pear.

Moreover, the author of this article used a wrong term instead of Persian Gulf which is a correct term to use for the body of water which separates Iran from its Arab neighbors.

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No editing changes were made to the body of the author's article. All of those words are his as submitted.

Dear Mohammad, I know that the term "Middle East" is a colonial Western invention. Unfortunately most 'Americans' (another colonial invention) do not know where "West Asia, Western Asia, and Southwest Asia" is located on the map. They do not teach geography in the US schools. The world map is not even used in almost all weather reports in the media. Basically 'Americans' don't care about the rest of the world, and the government intentionally dumbs their brains with propaganda to keep it that way.

Again, I apologize especially since I know better.

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