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Pakistan should prioritize its interests over US sanctions: Pak daily

Islamabad, Leading Pakistani news daily says while responding to the US' sanctions on Iran, Islamabad should prioritize its interests over succumbing to the US pressure.

Daily 'The Nation' in its editorial comments said in the process of gauging the impacts of sanctions, the relevant ministries, however, need to adopt a balanced approach while realigning its regional and international relations.

It added that Pakistan relies on Tehran for import of fuel products and its energy needs.

The paper added that Iran and Pakistan, both neighboring countries, share historical and cultural ties along with a common border and recently, both neighboring nations saw a thaw in bilateral relations after a long time.

The positive developments in our relationships with Tehran should not go to waste, the editorial added. It further said the incoming government should adopt a measured approach while responding to the US demands against Tehran.

It said policy makers and the incoming government in Islamabad need to rely on diplomacy with the US as far as trade with Iran is concerned and Pakistan should try for negotiating waivers about Iran from the US.

The paper noted that Prime Minister and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan in his victory speech already hinted that Islamabad and Washington would enjoy good relations, however, the urgency of now demands to show diplomatic dexterity.

Considering the experts' opinion regional powers like Russia and especially China will come to Iran's rescue as the latter is as central to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as Pakistan is. Therefore, following American sanctions to isolate and strangle Iran will not benefit Pakistan at all considering the changing geo-political situation around the world, said the Nation.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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