30 Apr '17, 4pm

Iran declines Pakistan’s offer to join the Islamic Military Alliance -

ISLAMABAD – Despite repeated efforts, Iran has declined Pakistan’s offer to join the Saudi-led military alliance headed by General Raheel Sharif, it emerged on Wednesday. According to a report by The Nation, senior officials at the foreign ministry expressed that Pakistan had been making efforts to persuade Iran to join the multi-nation alliance. However, since Saudi Arabia would be leading coalition, Iran fears that this will be an alliance of the Sunni states with some ‘hidden agenda’ instead of the joint efforts against terrorism. An official at the foreign ministry said that Pakistan had been trying to clarify its position and convince Iran on the genuineness of the Saudi alliance’s agenda. “We are continuing our efforts to satisfy Iran and tell them both Iran and Saudi Arabia are important for Pakistan. We are still hopeful of winning them over and making them part of...

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