Pakistan, Iran tied in eternal bond of friendship: Pak Senator

ISLAMABAD: Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi has said that Pakistan and Iran are tied in the eternal bond of friendship, being the close historically and religiously.

Expressing his views on the expected meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Iranian President Hassan Rohani on the sidelines of 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York, he said the two leaders would definitely discuss the significant Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project in their meeting.

“This is a lifeline project for Pakistan and should be completed as early as possible to overcome our energy woes,” Tahir Hussain Mashhadi told IRNA news agency in an interview.

Iran is the neighbor which has always helped Pakistan, he noted.

The Senator said that the presence of President Hassan Rohani in the United Nations General Assembly would provide him an opportunity to highlight principled stance of the Islamic Republic on global issues.

President Rohani, heading a delegation, will visit New York to attend the 68th UN General Assembly to be attended by senior officials of 193 countries.

Tahir Hussain Mashhadi said that President Rohani is respected by freedom lovers across the world. “Rohani is a balanced politician having leadership qualities,” he said.

He added that during his meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA, President Rohani would highlight principled stance of the Islamic Republic on global issues. “Iran is the true representative of the Muslim world which has always pursued the path of peace,” said the lawmaker.

The parliamentarian said that US must quit the policy of double standards towards Muslim countries.

Tahir Hussain said that situation in Syria would be Rohani’s main agenda in discussions with world leaders.

“US with the support of al-Qaeda is trying to destabilize Syria,” said the lawmaker, adding that basic objective of Washington which is to create unrest in Syria is to please the Zionist regime.

“Iran is a symbol of pride for the whole Muslim world,” he said, adding that Iran has never allowed the West to subvert its territorial integrity and independence.

Mashhadi urged West to respect Iran’s peaceful nuclear right enshrined under the UN charter. “Iran is an independent country and has every right to develop peaceful nuclear technology,” he said.