Pakistan Warns West Against War with Iran, Seals Pipeline Deal

Pakistan has cautioned the west against attacking Iran over its nuclear ambitions, saying it should learn the lessons from the Iraq war. "West should learn the lessons of the lead-up to the Iraq war while attempting to confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions," Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar warned.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has cautioned the west against attacking Iran over its nuclear ambitions, saying it should learn the lessons from the Iraq war. "West should learn the lessons of the lead-up to the Iraq war while attempting to confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions," Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar warned.

Khar, who is on a four-day official visit to Britain, said Iran had not taken a belligerent stance towards its eastern neighbours, even as it had raised tensions across the Gulf and against Israel and the West. "When it comes to our relations with Iran, we have only seen a better relationship," she was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

She also said on Thursday that her country would go ahead with the gas pipeline deal with Iran a day after the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton warned that the project could lead to sanctions.

"The project is in Pakistan's national interest and will be completed irrespective of any external pressures,'' Khar told reporters. Khar said it was in line with Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan's resolve for greater cooperation in the domains of energy, connectivity and trade during the recent trilateral summit in Islamabad.

"The projects which were decided with Iran include the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, transmission of electricity and upgrading connectivity and trade between the two countries," she said.

Clinton had said that Washington supported the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline as an alternative project.