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Pak-Iran Ties: The Disturbing Fork

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One seems logical if he or she terms the PAK-Iran ties porous and prone to seasonal zigzag. The Governor of Iranian Seestan Province, given his official visit to Islamabad, reminds the friendly proximity, Iran and Pakistan mutually inherit. It is required to be enhanced. It is commanded, "The one who seeks exact guidance, he is going to find it advantageous. The one who detracts himself from the right path and direction, he is certainly prone to face loss." 10: 108

Nonetheless, this closeness is no longer vibrant in the present diplomatic and interstate initiatives. It radiates actually in wake of various ailments which rusticate the friendly milieu, the two sides are supposed to bolster. Among the indicated turbulent factors, the foremost incendiary fork is the two sides' estranged and self-seeking course in Afghanistan. Being more explanatory, Afghanistan is centered between the two vertical bulks of Pakistan and Iran.

Afghanistan for trade interaction with the rest of the world, being aloof from any international waterway, is dependent on Pakistan and Iran on one hand and proves a window towards CARs for Tehran and Islamabad on the other.

Conversely, the politics in the region has negatively affected the Afghan security. Therefore, in the said chess of global and regional politics, Islamabad and Tehran cannot help remaining involved. In fact, Iranian ruling establishment observes that Afghan Talibans are planted by Pakistan. These Taliban are actually antagonistic towards Iran and remained rather less conciliatory in their divergence with Tehran due to ideological difference.

This is what disturbs Iranian Government and leads them to formulate policies regarding Afghanistan, which further irritates Pakistan. For instance, after US leaves Afghanistan; Iran seems united with India on Afghanistan and is stubborn to hamper Taliban from capturing power again in Kabul. Thus, it has engaged in working on various machinations.

Accordingly, Tehran has invested 260 billion USD for reconstruction of Afghanistan. It works on construction of road links of Chahbahar, Malik, Zaranj and Delaram, with the collaboration of India. Similarly, both Tehran and New Delhi have come closer in defense, enhancing cooperation in air, land and naval spheres. Both states are on the way to construct railway link between Degharoun and Islam Qaleh. All these aforementioned Iranian steps are enough to derail the Pak-Iran ties, making Pakistani decision makers mis-perceived.

Rationally, Pakistani security junta takes every bond seriously where Indians are involved. Let us suppose, Islamabad appears lacking interest in tracing the mazes, wished for it's besiege. It would neither be remembered as a responsible actor. Ultimately, the diplomatic lonely would be one step close. This is, no doubt, not encouraged specifically when Pakistan is embroiled in tense relations with New Delhi.

Given the above-mentioned factors, Islamabad shrinks in fraternal relations with Tehran. This mental and physical distance makes the both sides stand at a point which cannot be optimized.

At this junction, the foremost standpoint, needed, is to shorten the fractured crack between the two capitals because; it is not praise-worthy to pile up the unfriendly poles and arenas, making the national frontiers insecure. Therefore, the concerned departments are given utmost responsibility to work for the betterment of brotherly profound relations in the region.

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