Pakistan Focus welcomes lifting of international sanctions on Iran by America led international alliance. Hopefully, it would lead towards easing of hardship of Iranian people. Pakistan Focus condemns imposition of fresh missile related sanctions by America on 11 Iranian companies on the pretext that recent missile test by Iran violated the nuclear deal parameters. Pakistan Focus expects that America would resort to fair play and would not use new sanctions to evolve a new regime to neutralize the effect of lifted sanctions. Pakistan Focus wishes Iran well in its economic main streaming and wishes Iranian people economic well being, happiness and prosperity.
In a clear departure from its earlier position, Pakistan has cautioned against the US forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan without first achieving the complete peace and security in the country. “Pakistan has been reiterating that the US forces should stay in Afghanistan till the achievement of complete peace and stability,” Foreign office spokesperson said at the weekly briefing on October 18. “I would like to draw your attention to the chaos in the aftermath of the withdrawal of USSR [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] in the late 1980s. The region cannot afford anything similar, at this time,” he added. Provincial governor, Police and Intelligence chiefs were assassinated in an attack in Kandahar province while the top American commander in Afghanistan General Austin Miller narrowly escaped. Probably, it was an inside job. Over thirty percent polling stations are not likely to open due to violence during October 20 parliamentary polls. Afghanistan is undoubtedly in a chaos, and Pakistan's concerns about post US pullout are not unfounded. May be Pakistan is anticipating a sudden pullout by President Trump. Whatever, the people of Pakistan need to be taken into confidence over this change of stance.