ISLAMABAD - The landmark nuclear deal will shift the balance of power in the region in Tehran’s favour, analysts and diplomats suggested.

“In a one liner I can say the balance of power will shift in Iran’s favour,” defence analyst Lieutenant General (retd) Talat Masood said while talking to The Nation here on Wednesday.

He said Iran will be much better placed to engage in regional politics after the easing of sanctions. “With improvement in the Iran-US ties, Iran will definitely become a key player. Tehran will engage more in regional politics”, he added.

It will definitely affect the geopolitics. Pakistan will also need to rethink Iran policy and improve trust, he maintained.

General Masood added that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project has to be completed quickly in the face of the changing political situation.

“Pakistan now has a chance to rush the completion of the gas project with Iran. We should not delay it anymore”, he contended.

On Tuesday, after arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear programme.

The deal capped two years of intense negotiations between Iran and United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, the United States and the European Union. The agreement, a focal point of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East. The deal reduces the number of Iranian centrifuges by two-thirds. It places bans on enrichment at key facilities, and limits uranium research and development to the Natanz facility. The deal caps uranium enrichment at 3.67 percent and limits the stockpile to 300 kg, all for 15 years.

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States, Senator Sherry Rehman, said Pakistan and Iran will definitely move forward quickly on the IP gas project after the lifting of the sanctions on Iran.

Sherry Rehman said Pakistan should not waste any time in completing the project as it will help resolve the energy crisis in Pakistan.

Former Pakistan ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mushtaq Ahmad Mehr said, “The deal between Iran and six major powers is a positive development”. “This deal has created a win-win situation for both parties of the pact. The most important aspect of this pact is lifting of economic sanctions on Iran because these sanctions have made the country far behind in economic progress”, he mentioned.

Mehr added, “This deal is good for Pakistan because Islamabad now would trade freely with Iran. If we see in context of nuclear weapon, Iran is situated in Middle East which is a risky location to have nuclear weapons because of instability and other factors like terrorist agents”.

Lt. Gen (retd) Abdul Qayyum Khan, a PML-N Senator, said, “Iran is our neighbour and a Muslim country. The gas project was being delayed because of economic sanctions on Iran. Now, this project will be completed”.

In Washington, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Jalil Abbas Jilani, welcomed a nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major world powers.