Recent visit of Pakistan army chief General Qamar Bajwa meeting with Iranian President, Foreign Minister, Supreme National Security Council and Military leaders will not only boost the relationship between two neighbors but re-shape the geo-politics of the region.
Iran and Pakistan historically share religion, culture, civilization and linguistic identities.
General Bajwa discussed “regional security environment and matter of mutual interests”. There exists Pakistani readiness to strengthen bilateral relations in all spheres. High level exchanges of top military officials of both nations demonstrated the commitment of further active ties of defense through diplomacy, hoping regional peace and security.
Iran and Pakistan share a common border with Afghanistan, the battle ground of post-cold war era, where many foreign hands are involved to create instability in the region. As a result, the national security of Iran and Pakistan has been compromised. What was happening in Afghanistan directly influenced Pakistan, politically, economically and its internal security more than any nation.
In 1995, Iran and Pakistan initiated the gas pipeline project and signed an agreement. As a goodwill gesture Iran had proposed to include India in 1999, began the dream project of Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) known as the Peace-Pipeline. India signed the ‘civilian nuclear’ deal with America in 2008 and withdrew from IPI in 2009 and began gravitating towards US and Israel.
India’s Modi government is inexorably gravitating towards the US-Israel-Saudi triangle by sacrificing traditional independent polices as noted by a former Indian Ambassador.
Iran is concerned with Modi’s personal friendships with all powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israel PM Netanyahu. Recently Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor – the King Abdulaziz Sash.
The popularly elected Imran Khan government in Pakistan last year has enabled a new image of Pakistan while China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) boosting Pakistan’s economic and security requirements and greater role in the region.
Iran-US tensions are accelerating and the Indian U-turn on Chabahar project further shifting Indian regional policies to include roll back ties with Iran. Recently India terminated oil imports from Iran under US pressure.
Bilateral relationship between China-Pakistan and China-Iran are stronger than ever. At this juncture, a stronger and active bilateral relationship between Iran-Pakistan will only take geo-politics to a different direction.
Particularly, after 70 years the vulnerable situation in Kashmir is being discussed once again at international level calling for the self determination of the Kashmiri people, thanks to Imran Khan.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Imam Khamenei explicitly said that ‘he is seriously concerned about the recent developments in Kashmir’- where more than 900,000 Indian boots are on the ground, making Kashmir the world’s largest militarized zone.
An international conference in Ankara declared that ‘Kashmir is not an internal matter (of India)’. ‘Turkey will stand by Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir as its duty’, the Turkish parliament speaker said.
Looking through current political spectrum in the region, the active relationship between Iran and Pakistan as General Bajwa reiterated on the ‘two countries’ coordination on the major issues in the Muslim world’.
Definitely this will make huge difference in the geo-politics and security measure in the region.