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Military action against Iran to destabilize region: Pakistan warns


08:35, November 04, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan said on Thursday that it opposes any use of force against Iran, saying the country does not want instability in the region.

"We have stated very clearly and repeatedly that we want all issues to be resolved peacefully," Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said when asked about Pakistan's position if the U. S. carries out strike against Iran.

"We do not want to see ratcheting of tension in the region,"the Pakistani spokesperson said.

The British Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment program.

The Ministry of Defense believes the U.S. may decide to fast- forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government, The Guardian reported.

The Pakistani spokesperson while replying to a question about the U.S.-Pakistan relations on having a work plan, she said the agreement between the Foreign Minister and Secretary of State during Secretary of State Clinton's last month visit to Pakistan was that the two counties would look at and develop a work plan.

"There are ongoing discussions between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Department," Ms Janjua said.

To a question about recent agreement between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey, the spokesperson said that the agreements signed would allow for the joint training of law enforcement and military personnel of the three countries.

The agreements a memorandum of understanding on training cooperation signed by the Interior Ministers of the three countries and a protocol for mutual exercises and training courses signed by the army chiefs were finalized on November 1 during a trilateral summit hosted by Turkey.

"All three countries have signed the document and that means there are possibilities of training in all three countries of personnel of the three countries," the Foreign Office spokesperson said.

Janjua was responding to a question on whether Pakistan had initiated any fresh move to train Afghan law enforcement and military personnel. She said the agreements would allow the joint training of police personnel for counter-terrorism and law enforcement duties. They would also facilitate joint exercise and training by military personnel, she said.

Pakistan is committed to promoting stability, peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and has supported all initiatives for stability and regional economic cooperation, she said. Pakistanis are also participating in trilateral processes on Afghanistan, including those involving Turkey, Iran, the U.S., Tajikistan and Russia, she added.

By Muhammad Tahir

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Hammad Sethi at 2011-11-0692.25.54.*
Pakistan should offer Iran part of its nuclear arsenal and nuclear warhead dilevery systems for a reasonable price. Pakistan cannot afford another Afghanistan on its border.

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