Islamabad: Any aggression against Iran over
its nuclear programme will have "disastrous consequences" for
the whole region, Pakistan`s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani
Khar has warned.
Pakistan will not support any military intervention in the
region, Khar said.
"This region cannot afford further aggressions," she told
journalists during an interaction at Multan in Punjab province
Khar reiterated that Pakistan would go ahead with a gas
pipeline project with Iran despite pressure from the US to
abandon the venture.
She said the project offered a quick solution to
Pakistan`s burgeoning energy crisis.
At the same time, Islamabad will also pursue the
Turkmenistan-Pakistan-Afghanistan-India pipeline project, she
Khar`s remarks came in the wake of President Barack
Obama`s comments that the US will use force against Iran, if
necessary, to stop it from acquiring a nuclear bomb.
Several American leaders, including Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, have called on Pakistan not to go ahead with
the pipeline project with Iran as it could be hit by
Referring to relations with India, Khar said Pakistan is
committed to resolving all outstanding issues, including
"No issue has been put on the backburner," she said.
Khar said her recent visit to Afghanistan helped remove
President Hamid Karzai has been assured that Pakistan will
help the Afghan government in "reaching out to the Taliban"
for peace talks, she said.
She rejected allegations that Pakistan was linked to the
instability in Afghanistan.
"They (NATO) must realise that we cannot afford to
destabilise our own country... It`s not in Pakistan`s interest
to create problems for the foreign forces fighting terrorism
in Afghanistan," she said.
A decision on reopening NATO supply routes, closed since a
cross-border air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last
year, will be made by parliament, she said.
"Parliament will approve new terms of engagement with the
US," she said.