For ‘Greater Iran’, Afghan, Pakistani fighters give their lives in Syria

Afghans fighting in Syria are probably one of the militant units controlled by Tehran. (AP) By Ali Hajizade September 21, 2018 As is known, the Iranian regime widely uses people from the Shiite communities of the neighboring countries in the Syrian war; mainly Iraq, Afghanistan, and Shiites from Pakistan to a lesser degree. This [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria|

Iran lures Pakistani Shias to fight its war in Syria

Iran-backed Shia fighters march during a military-style training in the city of Najaf. (Reuters) By Suddaf Chaudry September 17, 2018 Members of Pakistan’s Shia community have been complaining that their relatives are victims of enforced disappearances, allegedly by the country’s security services, after returning from the Middle East. The families say their loved ones [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Pakistan, Syria|

Living on the margins in Iran: Chabahar and the Province of Sistan and Baluchistan

Sistan and Baluchistan, the second largest and the poorest province in Iran. (Supplied) By Ali Ranjipour September 8, 2018 The story of margin-dwelling in Sistan and Baluchistan, the second largest and the poorest province in Iran, is different from all other regions of the country. Whereas in most other regions it is the powerful [...]

By |September 8th, 2018|East Asia, Iran, Middle East, Pakistan|

Pakistan should consider the many costs of embracing Iran

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Quraishi greets his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif in Islamabad. Zarif’s visit came days before the expected arrival of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Pakistan. (AFP) By Naveed Ahmad September 4, 2018 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has left Pakistan after what he claims was another [...]

By |September 4th, 2018|Pakistan|

Can Pakistan afford confronting US for Iran?

FM of Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Quraishi greets his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif in Islamabad, August 30, 2018. (AFP) September 3, 2018 At a time when Pakistan’s newly-elected government is striving to improve its foreign policy stance with the United States and Muslim countries, former ambassadors and analysts suggest exercising caution, especially in enhancing [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Pakistan|

The GCC, Iran and Gwadar

A view of Pakistani Gwadar Port. (AFP) July 25, 2018 More than 30 crude oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz daily, carrying some 35 million barrels of hydrocarbons, according to oil analytics firms. Though Saudi Arabia ranks as the world’s top producer, Iran is the third-largest producer in the Organization of [...]

By |July 25th, 2018|East Asia, Middle East, Pakistan|

British-Pakistani appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights In Iran

Newly appointed Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Javid Rehman, undated. (Supplied) July 7, 2018 Javid Rehman, a British-Pakistani legal scholar has been appointed as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. Rehman first studied in Pakistan and then continued his law studies in Great Britain, where he [...]

By |July 7th, 2018|Europe, Pakistan|

IRGC forces killed in armed clash with Pakistan-based Jaish ul-Adl militants

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards march during a 2010 military parade in Tehran. (AFP) By Ahmad Majidyar July 4, 2018 The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) saidon Tuesday that its troops disbanded a “terrorist cell” in a border region in southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province. A statement released by the IRGC Ground Force added that [...]

By |July 5th, 2018|Pakistan|

3 border guards killed by militants in south Iran

An Iranian border guard keeps watch at a border post in southeastern Iran. (AFP) June 26, 2018 Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that three border guards have been killed in a clash with a "terrorist group" in southeastern Iran. The Tuesday report said the clash took place in Mirjaveh, a town [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Pakistan|

As Iran licks its wounds post Trump snap, concerns grow further afield in India, Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani release a postal stamp commemorating growing economic and trade ties between the two nations in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP) By Ehtesham Shahid May 17, 2018 US President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal may have pleased [...]

By |May 17th, 2018|East Asia, India, Pakistan|