This is apropos a Business Recorder news item “Sartaj tells Senate: Pakistan won’t become part of any adventurism against Iran” carried by the newspaper a week ago. According to it, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has informed the Senate that Pakistan will not become part of any adventurism against Iran and presence of former Army Chief Raheel Sharif is a guarantee in this regard that no such thing will ever happen. Sartaj also reportedly said the alliance is focused on combating terrorism. According to him, “it is unfortunate that Syria, Yemen and Iran are divided along sectarian lines. The Riyadh Summit may have deepened those divides.”
Little did, however, anyone in the parliament (or even outside of it) know that the region would be hit by the worst diplomatic crisis in less than a week after Saudi Arabia and some other countries sever ties with Qatar for ‘promoting terrorism’. The Foreign Office has expressed country’s deep concerns over the situation. This development has been followed by attacks on Iran’s national symbols – Majlis and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini – by Islamic State militants. The situation is profoundly profound.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2017