ISLAMABAD - Chairman National Security & Foreign Policy Committee of Majlis-e-Shura Islami of Iran, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, on Tuesday said that Iran’s defence strategy had no room for an atomic bomb and it upheld its right to peaceful civilian nuclear programme.

He shared these views at a seminar “Pakistan and Iran in a changing global scenario” organised by Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production.

Speaking on the event, he ‘testified’ that Iran was supplying arms and ammunition to Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad stating the support was purely based on principles and not on religious denominations. He stressed on the necessity for enhancing economic and defence cooperation between the two countries reiterating that Iran was committed to the energy pipeline project with Pakistan. Chairman of the Senate defence committee senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed called for stronger political, economic and security ties, saying it was very much possible because the two countries did not have any conflict of interest. He stated that Pakistan-Iran affiliation must be forged ahead through stronger economic, diplomatic, security and defence relations. “It pains me to see that several Asian economies are highly dependent on the West with exception to Iran. Pakistan and Iran, the two great regional players, must take a giant leap ahead towards enhanced economic, strategic and diplomatic cooperation. A consolidated alliance is all we want to see and it will happen, God willing, soon,” Mushahid, the reputed politician and intellectual said.

He hoped that India, which backed out of Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, under the US pressure, would rejoin to promote peace and augment regional cooperation. 

Mushahid said it was about time both Pakistan and Iran should learn from the mistakes committed in the past where wrong policies from both the neighbours led to long and debilitating civil strife in Afghanistan. “The wrongs have adversely affected Pak-Iran ties but it’s never too late. There’s always time to right the wrongs,” he said. 

The senator extended unconditional support to Iran’s right to undertake nuclear research and enrichment for peaceful purposes in accordance with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards. Senator Mushahid Hussain thanked Iran for its support to Pakistan during difficult times, and the compassion they showed towards Pakistan during recent floods.