[Editor’s note: Pakistan and Iran are both powerful Islamic nations with large, well-equipped and capable militarys and in the case of Pakistan, backed by a nuclear arsenal.
Pakistan has been the victim of a great deal of outside meddling in it’s affairs for decades, primarily by the US, but also by Indian and Israeli infiltrators, in recent years the Pakistani military, which has run the country for most of the last four decades, has had a cosy relationship with Saudi Arabia.
All of this is likely to come to an end now Imran Khan is in power, or rather, he will do his level best to bring these unwanted influences to an end. One important step towards this goal is to forge new alliances in order to strengthen Pakistan’s position and bolster it’s security.
Neighbouring Iran is a natural choice for an alliance as they are bitterly opposed to the US, Israeli and Saudi influences that Pakistan seeks to free herself of. A political and military alliance between these two nations would create a formidable power bloc in the region that would be better able to resist nefarious foreign influence than either nation could alone.
As well as making the initial steps to establishing dialogue with Iran with the aim of an eventual strategic alliance, Imran Khan has been communicating with the Turkish government with similar intentions towards establishing closer ties and exploring a possible alliance.
This is all very bad news for the US, Israel and the Saudis as a Pakistan-Iran-Turkey alliance would present them with a most formidable foe; three powerful, modern and highly capable military forces that would be able to overrun any forces the US, Israel and Saudis could put into the field.
With the Syrian military reaching the level of capability and manpower it possessed a decade ago, before the ruinous war, things are not looking very good at all for the US-Israel-Saudi ‘axis of evil’ as their ISIS project has utterly failed in both Syria and Iraq and there appears to be little prospect of a renewed proxy conflict in either nation as the Kurds and Turks that were both being courted as fresh proxy forces now appear to be unwilling to become embroiled in any further conflict.
A Pakistan-Iran-Turkey alliance would likely enjoy the support of both Russia and China as the former three nations form the southern flank of the Russia-China Euro-Asian landmass and it would be in the best interests of both Russia and China to have stable, independent buffer states along their southern borders. Another factor that makes such an alliance attractive to Russia is the stabilising influence it could exert on the potentially troublesome central Asian states of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Khazakstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, all of which are vulnerable to US-Israeli-Saudi interference with the intention of carrying out regime change and fomenting conflicts similar to the Ukraine-Donbass situation and the current destabilisation efforts in Belarus remains a key concern for Russia.
From a Chinese point of view, there are two further factors that would make a Pakistan-Iran-Turkey alliance attractive. Firstly. there is the longstanding rivalry and antipathy with India, a strong and powerful Pakistan would be viewed by Beijing as highly desirable as a counterweight to India. Secondly, there is the New Silk Road project that China views as so important to it’s economic and strategic future prospects. The New Silk Road would form not only a highly valuable trade route with Russia, Central Asia and Europe, it would, to use a strategic military term, be a vital ‘interior line’ that would allow supplies and forces to move back and forth between Russia and China, which would be a crucial strategic advantage in any conflict either nation were to become embroiled in. Having Pakistan, Iran and Turkey form an alliance would add vital strategic safety to the New Silk Road route, protecting it from attack from the south, be it in the form of outright military strikes, regime change and terrorism in the Central Asian states or economic warfare in the form of sanctions.
With all of these potential geopolitical ramifications, it is clear that a Pakistan-Iran-Turkey alliance would be very much in the best interests not only of those three nations but of both Russia and China and conversely, be a bitter blow to US-Israeli-Saudi ambitions, particularly in the Middle East and Central Asia. Therefore we can only hope that Imran Khan’s tentative early steps towards forming such an alliance bear fruit; furthermore we are acutely aware that he will face trenchant opposition and can only hope that both Moscow and Beijing realise the great potential in Khan’s strategic plan and do all they reasonably can to protect Khan from US-Israeli-Saudi interference. Ian]
Imran accepts Iran visit in telephonic conversation with President Rouhani
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has accepted an invitation to visit Iran extended by President Hassan Rouahni during a telephonic conversation on Wednesday.
The Iranian president congratulated the prime minister-in-waiting on winning the general elections and invited him to visit Iran which he accepted, said a statement issued by the PTI.
Both leaders exchanged best wishes and love for the people of both neighbouring countries, it added.
Imran offers to ease Tehran-Riyadh ties
Last week, Khan conveyed to Tehran’s envoy Mehdi Honardoost, who paid him a visit at his Bani Gala residence that the country wanted to play a constructive and positive role between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
There has been a longstanding rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran with both sides on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East.
Honardoost told the former cricket legend that Tehran was ready to work with Islamabad in regional development and wanted to foster trade with Pakistan.