Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Iran-Pakistan Defense Cooperation Imperative: Pakistan Lawmaker

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Iran-Pakistan Defense Cooperation Imperative: Pakistan Lawmaker


ISLAMABAD (IRNA) -- A member of the Pakistan Parliament on Wednesday said a viable cooperation in the defense sector between Iran and Pakistan is imperative.

In an interview with IRNA, Qari Fayyazur Rehman said that Tehran and Islamabad should forge as strong a defense cooperation as possible, exploiting their commonalties in various areas.

He hailed the recent visit of Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri to Iran, saying this was of special significance in the given regional and international situation.

The member of the lower house of parliament (National Assembly) maintained that the two brotherly countries also needed to further expand their bilateral cooperation in the trade and economic areas.

Deploring allegations against Islamic countries, Qari Alvi called upon Iran and Pakistan to lead the Muslim world in defending its religious identity in the wake of the anti-Islam onslaught.

"Tehran and Islamabad are capable of safeguarding the rights of Islamic countries," he asserted.

In the backdrop of threats to some Muslim countries, he strongly advocated for unity in the ranks of the Islamic ummah, saying these countries needed to forge a strategic defense cooperation."

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