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Iran upset with Pakistan’s Raheel Sharif heading Islamic Military Alliance
Iran has publicly expressed its concerns about former Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif heading the Islamic Military Alliance created by Saudi Arabia, further complicating fraught Pakistan-Iran ties.




File photo of former Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif attending a ceremony at Gwadar port in Balochistan in November 2016. (AFP)

Iran has expressed reservations about the appointment of former Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif as head of the Islamic Military Alliance created by Saudi Arabia, prompting Islamabad to step up efforts to assuage Tehran.

“We are concerned about this issue...that it may impact the unity of Islamic countries,” Mehdi Honardoost, Iran’s envoy to Pakistan, told the media. This was the first time Iran publicly expressed its displeasure on the issue.

Pakistan contacted Iranian officials before issuing a no-objection certificate to Sharif to take up the position of head of the 39-nation military alliance, but this “did not indicate that Iran was satisfied with this decision or it had accepted the same”, Honardoost was quoted as saying by state-run IRNA news agency.

Defence minister Khawaja Asif said earlier this month the Pakistan government had cleared Sharif to take up the job following a formal request from Saudi Arabia.

Islamabad’s decision is set to further complicate fraught Pakistan-Iran relations, especially at a time when Saudi Arabia and Iran are jockeying for influence in hot spots across the Middle East.



Foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua said on Tuesday that the Islamic Military Alliance wasn’t against any country and that Sharif will not act against Iran. She told a parliamentary committee on foreign affairs: “The Islamic alliance is against terrorism, not any country.”

She added Pakistan is making efforts to reduce tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. “It is difficult for Pakistan to maintain equal relations with both countries but Pakistan will not go against Iran’s interests,” she said.

Pakistani officials confirmed they intend to reach out to the Iranian government to address Tehran’s concerns. Officials told the media that Pakistan has clearly informed Saudi Arabia that it would not become part of any campaign against any country, including Iran.

Gen Qamar Bajwa, the current Pakistan Army chief, took the Iranian leadership into confidence and Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs, travelled to Tehran in late February to address Iran’s concerns. Bajwa might also visit Iran to assuage the fears of the Iranian leadership over the controversial alliance.

Raheel Sharif reportedly accepted the offer to head the alliance on the condition that countries such as Iran would be invited to join it in order to make it a broad-based initiative and dispel impressions about its sectarian outlook.

But Iranian envoy Honardoost said Tehran had informed Islamabad that Iran would not become part of such a military alliance. Iran had not been extended an offer to join a coalition of this sort, he added.

He proposed that all important Islamic countries come together to form a “coalition of peace” to resolve issues “rather (than) forming a controversial military alliance”.

Iran is known to have opposed the Saudi initiative because of its serious differences over the current unrest in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Yemen.

Just days before Pakistan issued the no-objection certificate to Raheel Sharif, the Iranian envoy visited the General Headquarters, where Gen Qamar Bajwa gave him a categorical assurance that Islamabad’s decision would not hurt Tehran’s interests.

Bajwa also informed Honardoost that Pakistan “values its bilateral ties with Iran”, The Express Tribune reported. Bajwa also said Pakistan had never objected to Iran’s close ties with India and, therefore, Islamabad expected Tehran to respect the decision over the Saudi alliance.

Pakistan has found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics as Saudi Arabia named it part of the military alliance without first getting Islamabad’s consent. After initial ambiguity, Islamabad confirmed its participation in the alliance.

Sharif’s appointment had been criticised by some politicians, retired army officers and intellectuals, who questioned the former army chief’s decision. Opposition parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, too are skeptical of Sharif’s role in the alliance.

Both parties consider the decision a violation of a parliamentary resolution passed in April 2015 that called for Pakistan to maintain a policy of neutrality, particularly in the conflict in Yemen.
 

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I remember Iran was invited to join but it refused to. Now they have no business to threatens Pakistan. I personally think Pakistan is the only qualified country to take the lead. The country is the most experienced among all in fighting terrorism. Iran is just trying to trash the image of this alliance and makes it look anti Iran and not anti terrorism.
 

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Iran upset with Pakistan’s Raheel Sharif heading Islamic Military Alliance
Iran has publicly expressed its concerns about former Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif heading the Islamic Military Alliance created by Saudi Arabia, further complicating fraught Pakistan-Iran ties.




File photo of former Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif attending a ceremony at Gwadar port in Balochistan in November 2016. (AFP)

Iran has expressed reservations about the appointment of former Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif as head of the Islamic Military Alliance created by Saudi Arabia, prompting Islamabad to step up efforts to assuage Tehran.

“We are concerned about this issue...that it may impact the unity of Islamic countries,” Mehdi Honardoost, Iran’s envoy to Pakistan, told the media. This was the first time Iran publicly expressed its displeasure on the issue.

Pakistan contacted Iranian officials before issuing a no-objection certificate to Sharif to take up the position of head of the 39-nation military alliance, but this “did not indicate that Iran was satisfied with this decision or it had accepted the same”, Honardoost was quoted as saying by state-run IRNA news agency.

Defence minister Khawaja Asif said earlier this month the Pakistan government had cleared Sharif to take up the job following a formal request from Saudi Arabia.

Islamabad’s decision is set to further complicate fraught Pakistan-Iran relations, especially at a time when Saudi Arabia and Iran are jockeying for influence in hot spots across the Middle East.



Foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua said on Tuesday that the Islamic Military Alliance wasn’t against any country and that Sharif will not act against Iran. She told a parliamentary committee on foreign affairs: “The Islamic alliance is against terrorism, not any country.”

She added Pakistan is making efforts to reduce tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. “It is difficult for Pakistan to maintain equal relations with both countries but Pakistan will not go against Iran’s interests,” she said.

Pakistani officials confirmed they intend to reach out to the Iranian government to address Tehran’s concerns. Officials told the media that Pakistan has clearly informed Saudi Arabia that it would not become part of any campaign against any country, including Iran.

Gen Qamar Bajwa, the current Pakistan Army chief, took the Iranian leadership into confidence and Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs, travelled to Tehran in late February to address Iran’s concerns. Bajwa might also visit Iran to assuage the fears of the Iranian leadership over the controversial alliance.

Raheel Sharif reportedly accepted the offer to head the alliance on the condition that countries such as Iran would be invited to join it in order to make it a broad-based initiative and dispel impressions about its sectarian outlook.

But Iranian envoy Honardoost said Tehran had informed Islamabad that Iran would not become part of such a military alliance. Iran had not been extended an offer to join a coalition of this sort, he added.

He proposed that all important Islamic countries come together to form a “coalition of peace” to resolve issues “rather (than) forming a controversial military alliance”.

Iran is known to have opposed the Saudi initiative because of its serious differences over the current unrest in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Yemen.

Just days before Pakistan issued the no-objection certificate to Raheel Sharif, the Iranian envoy visited the General Headquarters, where Gen Qamar Bajwa gave him a categorical assurance that Islamabad’s decision would not hurt Tehran’s interests.

Bajwa also informed Honardoost that Pakistan “values its bilateral ties with Iran”, The Express Tribune reported. Bajwa also said Pakistan had never objected to Iran’s close ties with India and, therefore, Islamabad expected Tehran to respect the decision over the Saudi alliance.

Pakistan has found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics as Saudi Arabia named it part of the military alliance without first getting Islamabad’s consent. After initial ambiguity, Islamabad confirmed its participation in the alliance.

Sharif’s appointment had been criticised by some politicians, retired army officers and intellectuals, who questioned the former army chief’s decision. Opposition parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, too are skeptical of Sharif’s role in the alliance.

Both parties consider the decision a violation of a parliamentary resolution passed in April 2015 that called for Pakistan to maintain a policy of neutrality, particularly in the conflict in Yemen.
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I remember Iran was invited to join but it refused to. Now they have no business to threatens Pakistan. I personally think Pakistan is the only qualified country to take the lead. The country is the most experienced among all in fighting terrorism. Iran is just trying to trash the image of this alliance and makes it look anti Iran and not anti terrorism.
You do understand that Iran is the mother of all terrorism, so the pain is understandable.
 

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Hezbollah,
Fatimiyoun Militia
Zainbiyoun Militia

Just to name a few.
Im not denieng that but who's creation was ISIS,al-caida,al-Nusra,Taliban etc then?
Just to name a few.
 

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Iran can join and have say in Alliance...This will connects with them all other nations ..They can raise voice and simply expose the agenda , if any from inside it..Presence of Pakistan and Turkey will justify the rational, if any concerned about others
How can this will be against Iran if they are part of it...
 

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Im not denieng that but who's creation was ISIS,al-caida,al-Nusra,Taliban etc then?
Just to name a few.
Taliban Mullah Mansoor, just before being neutralized by a drone, was coming from Iran.

Gulbadeen Hikmatyar, before joining the present Afgh Govt was living in Iran.

Indian Spy Kulbhushan Jadev aka Mubarak Patel, was operating out of Iran, spreading terrorism inside Pakistan

Baba Ladla - Karachi based terrorist had Iranian nationality, and was an Iranian agent.

Uzair Baloch - Terrorist arrested on an Iranian Passport, Admitted in Pakistani High court, to being an Iranian Agent

My friend the less you speak about Wilayat al-faqih mullahs, the better.
 

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Taliban Mullah Mansoor, just before being neutralized by a drone, was coming from Iran.

Gulbadeen Hikmatyar, before joining the present Afgh Govt was living in Iran.

Indian Spy Kulbhushan Jadev aka Mubarak Patel, was operating out of Iran, spreading terrorism inside Pakistan

Baba Ladla - Karachi based terrorist had Iranian nationality, and was an Iranian agent.

Uzair Baloch - Terrorist arrested on an Iranian Passport, Admitted in Pakistani High court, to being an Iranian Agent

My friend the less you speak about Wilayat al-faqih mullahs, the better.
And still you havent answered me who created ISIS,why not?
 

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And still you havent answered me who created ISIS,why not?
ISIS are more or less dead, is the terrorism created by Wilayat al-faqih Mullahs dead?
 

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