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With #US sanctions on #Iran, this is the time for #Pakistan to squeeze #Tehran on #IRGC's destabilization inside Pak+alliance with #India in #Afghanistan+#Chabahar. #Islamabad should leverage IRGC's use of Pakistani markets/ports for smuggling and evading
#US sanctions. #Pakistan should not look away this time as it did during #Iran-#Iraq war in 80s when #IRGC used Pak facilities to dodge sanctions. Let's remember how the Pasdaran, who are #India's allies in Iran, bluntly threw Dr AQ Khan under the bus in 2003 creating the biggest
crisis for #Pakistan's nuclear program, and how #Iran joined #India diplomats in openly lobbying #China to end #CPEC part of #BRI bcz "#Balochistan is not safe" while sponsoring terrorism to ensure #Beijing changes its mind. This is the moment to isolate
#India's allies inside #Iran and ensure that #Tehran does not join India in #NewDelhi's obsessive plans to encircle #Pakistan. #Islamabad did a similar thing in #Afghanistan by isolating anti-Pak elements in #Kabul. Pak must not let Iran slip & this message should be clearly
Conveyed to whom it concerns in #Iran. #Pakistan should also quietly lobby @POTUS to cancel #India exemption on #Chabahar. The port is part of a wider effort by #Tehran+#NewDelhi to end #US & #Pakistani influence in #Afghanistan. Interestingly, Indian diplomats lobbied for weeks
in DC to get the exemption on #Chabahar based on the theory that the port will end #Pakistan's influence while downplaying damage to #US interests. #Islamabad should secure its interests by directly challenging the #Indian hypothesis in DC and emphasizing that the exemption
undermines the joint #Pakistan-#US effort to end the war in #Afghanistan. Pakistan should not shy away from robustly pursuing its interests in the changing environment, just as #India/#Iran pursue their interests inside Pak+Afg.
#AhmedQuraishi @AQpk
Just to add a note regarding #IRGC using #Pakistani facilities to dodge sanctions. #Islamabad has not cooperated with #Tehran in evading sanctions. The reference to the 1980s is about Pakistan helping #Iran use Pak seaports for legal business to avoid #Iraqi attacks on Iranian
ports. This was part of #Pakistan's efforts to win the trust of the clerics who seized power in #Iran replacing Pakistan's ally Raza Pahlavi. In doing so, #Islamabad antagonized its allies in the international community. The IRGC, however, is expected to covertly use neighboring
states to evade #US sanctions through smuggling of petroleum products. Neighboring markets include Turkey Armenia Afghanistan Pakistan.
Amid #US-#India tensions on trade & #Iran oil imports, this is the time for #Pakistan to lobby #Washington to cancel sanctions exemption on #Chabahar.
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