Evolving Relations Between Pakistan and Iran: Will Cooperation Endure?

Shah, Syed Imdad
October 2013
Pakistan Horizon;Oct2013, Vol. 66 Issue 4, p53
Academic Journal
Pakistan and Iran have been bound in an amicable relationship since the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and Pakistan has been looking forward to strengthen this bond of bilateral relations. Although relations between both the states were never too hostile, they did witness numerous ups and downs due to a multitude of factors. These factors include the rise of militancy within Pakistan, sectarian antagonism between Iran and Saudi Arabia that also sowed the seeds of the Shia-Sunni divide within Pakistan, Pakistan's support to the Taliban in Afghanistan, US-Pakistan alliance in the War on Terror and Iran's efforts to establish and maintain good relations with India. Nevertheless, so far, both Iran and Pakistan have maintained a cordial relationship and have resolved issues between them for the sake of mutual political and strategic interests.


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