Pakistan opposes attack on Iran: Musharraf
ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf said on Thursday that Islamabad opposes any attack on Iran.
“Acquisition of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes is the legitimate right of every country, and Pakistan’s nuclear programme is also based on peaceful purposes,” Musharraf said in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at Army House.
He said that Pakistan had extended complete cooperation to the international community on nuclear non-proliferation. “Islamabad wants to cement ties with Tehran in multidimensional areas, as both countries are striving for sustained peace in the region,” he said. He linked regional progress and development to the completion of the India-Pakistan-Iran (IPI) gas pipeline project and said that Pakistan wanted to widen the scope of defence, trade and other areas with Iran.
Musharraf said that work on the IPI gas pipeline project should be initiated. He praised the expansion of bilateral trade volume and stressed that Pakistan and Iran should strive for sustained peace in the region.
The Iranian foreign minister called his visit to Pakistan “successful”, adding that negotiations on the multibillion-dollar gas line project were in the final stages.
He thanked President Musharraf for supporting Iran on the nuclear issue and other important matters. Both leaders pledged to cooperate to banish terrorism. online