We are telling you a current news, did you know last month, India sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Iranian port of Chabahar. Also the following six months India will send six more. As a result of this, it will take Afghan trade out of the Afghan Transit Route through Pakistan and give it to Iran. Largely changing the nature of Afghanistan’s relations both with Pakistan and Iran.
To recall in 2003 the Chabahar deal was made between Tehran and India. Pakistan, on the other hand, didn’t feel anything and didn’t pay attention.It had ceased with the idea of Pak-India free trade and did not react to India’s award of Most Favoured Nation, which was rewarded to the country in 1996.The idea of being a trading hub didn’t appeal to it.
“The alliance between India, Afghanistan, and Iran is a security threat to Pakistan”, former defense secretary, retired Lt-Gen Asif Yasin Malik said at a local think tank in 2016. Sartaj Aziz, advisor on foreign affairs said that Pakistan did not see Iran’s Chabahar port as a rival and Pakistan was exploring the possibility of developing links with it from Gwadar.
Luckily Pakistan’s friend China thinks differently. Pakistan shows admiration for the way China has advanced as an economic power. The CPEC will benefit by joining with India, Afghanistan and Iran, countries where China had invested. But seriously this increasingly unstable Pakistan should high time think about trade and economies rather than trying isolationism.The “Dawn leak” message by Nawaz Sharif had complained that it’s the handling of foreign policy that has isolated Pakistan in the region.
September 1997 marked the assassination of five Iranian military personnel. It was the “calendar of death” that depicted a clear spike in sectarian violence in the mid-1990s, through to the new millennium.The civilian government of the 1900s tried to halt the killings but failed because of the war in Afghanistan. Strong after 1947, Karachi became a major scene of sectarian conflict.
The French scholar who died recently, Mariam About Zahab stated that the sectarian killers went to Afghanistan for training. The sanctuary under the protection of Harkatul Ansar (HUA) led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil who was attached to al Qaeda. She disclosed that the man who killed Rahim, the Iranian consul in Multan in March 1997 was made to escape from a Dera Ghazi Khan jail in December 1997 and the same convict was also involved in the Shia massacre at Mominpura in Lahore, in which dozens of people had died while saying their prayers.
The Chabahar port thus may be supportive in the ongoing downfall of Pakistan’s economy. It’s high time the county needs to look into the holes their system has created within themselves since long . Isolationism if at all is on the mind of the Pakistanis then they should probably give up on that idea to concentrate over how they can keep the economy of their country intact while all the things are going against them .