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Saudi-Iran conflict threatens to flare in Pakistan

Saudi-Iran conflict threatens to flare in Pakistan

The decades-old rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has re-emerged at a difficult time, with Tehran in economic crisis due to US sanctions. The recent friction started with a tussle over oil pricing. Riyadh offered the world cheaper oil to attract consumers facing any disruption in the Iranian oil supply. The second phase of US sanctions have had a devastating impact on Iran’s oil exports, shipping and banks, hitting the core of the Iranian economy.

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Iran attempts to mediate between India and Pakistan

Iran attempts to mediate between India and Pakistan

The Iranian Foreign Minister has commented on mediation attempts between India and Pakistan, saying: “I have spoken with the Pakistani FM and am also in touch with Indian authorities to see what can be done. Continued tensions are not good for our region.”

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Iran's role in reducing tensions between India and Pakistan

Iran's role in reducing tensions between India and Pakistan

An analyst of Subcontinent affairs in Iran believes: “Considering Iran’s historic ties with India and Pakistan, and the wide-ranging interests of New Delhi in Chabahar Port, Pakistan’s view of Tehran’s ability to act as mediator in recent tensions with India is not far from reality.”

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Pakistan rejects harboring Jaish al-Adl

Pakistan rejects harboring Jaish al-Adl

Pakistan has rejected allegations by senior Iranian officials that it is harbouring the armed group, Jaish al-Adl, which claimed responsibility for last week's attack that killed 27 members of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the southern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

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Pakistan does not have the military power to engage with Iran

Pakistan does not have the military power to engage with Iran

Iran’s former ambassador to Pakistan believes: “The relatively successful Islamic Republic's response to suppressing the insurgents in Iraq, which ultimately led to acceptance by Baghdad, can be repeated as a response to terrorist acts that take place from inside Pakistani territory.”

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