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Syrian issue and Pakistan’s position

Recently in Iran, while attending a conference on Syria, Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pakistan will not support any kind of foreign government intervention in Syria.

I agree with the decision of not involving Pakistani state but at the same time I will disagree with the govt. if they stop people to help Syrians on their own in terms of money, weapons or any other way they can.

Foreign involvement will turn the focus of movement and will likely to hijack the issue from local Syrian opposition like Iran hijacked the Bahrain movement resulting the failure of the movement. But we can see in Egypt, things are changing in positive direction.

At the same time governments should now stop supporting Assad’s brutal regime by cutting diplomatic and defense ties which is essential to remain neutral as Assad is using these things to strengthen his position in killing innocent people. At the same time I cannot oppose Syrian opposition to accept help from where ever it comes from as they are victim side and prime responsibility lies on the shoulders of Assad who initiated the brutal actions against civilian populations which includes merciless aerial bombings.



  1. mercurytraveller
    August 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Would you please teach your foreign minister something about international politics.
    This Syrian war has nothing to do with the Syrian people, it’s the first movement against Iran.

    • united4justice
      August 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      In my view govt. should remain neutral and let the people of Pakistan decide which side they want to take. As far as Iran is concerned, I don’t agree with Iran’s policy of playing sectarian cards in regional politics especially if it involves mass murder and genocide.

  2. mercurytraveller
    August 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Let’s keep everything in perspective.
    Iran didn’t start this war in Syria.
    NATO is secretly, not too much secretly anyway, supporting the “rebels”.
    Qatar is offering huge amounts of money to Syrian politicians and diplomats to leave the regime.
    Syria is an ethnic patchwork and a minority nightmare.
    Assad gone and Syria becomes the same hopeless country as Iraq and Libya.
    It is but normal that Iran doesn’t want this nightmare at its backdoor, the perfect excuse to start harassing Iran and start a war against Iran.

  3. united4justice
    August 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Iran is providing weapons and support to Assad. Syrian opposition represents people facing brutality and they have every right to find support from where ever they can. However I am against US/NATO or others trying to hijack the issue but it doesn’t undermine the honorable cause of Syrian people and the prime responsibility lies on Assad’s fascist shoulders.

  4. Nazia
    August 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Both Iran and syria join hands with each other Against Israel.Few Western powers favour any Libya-style military action in Syria, It is also allied with armed Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah group. so Iran cant get rid of old friendship but there should be some middle way of peace to sooth the anger of suppressed Syrians.

    • united4justice
      August 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      yes, a clear line needs to be drawn between helping a friend and helping a tyrant and its brutalities. as far as i know few well educated iranis, they disagree with current govt. policy of supporting assad. they know the importance of maintaining people to people friendship with syria which i believe is now in danger. i dont think libyan type intervention will be productive as it will give assad a status of hero and perhaps martyr which he doesnt deserve. better way is to let syrians fight and let people of the region help them in whatever way they can without any government support.

  5. mercurytraveller
    August 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I am a European Christian.
    I spent 16 years in Pakistan and 10 years in Libya.
    Further I spent minimum 3 years in other Middle East countries.
    Syria is a patchwork of ethnic and religious groups with a Sunni majority and a bunch of minorities.
    When Assad father came to power he stopped years of turmoil with 20 different dictators after so many military coups. It was also the Alaouite minority which fought the French nearly single handed and obtained finally the independence.
    Do I favor the Bashar style of dictatorship? Certainly not. Except that the alternative is many years of ethnic turmoil again.
    Bashar held a referendum which had a majority of the Syrians voting in favor.
    Qatar ordered a poll among the Syrian population, expats and locals and learned to their consternation that, notwithstanding the present warfare, 55 % of the Syrians voted to keep Bashar. Did you read that in your press? Of course not.
    Pakistan has been demolished by outside interference and corrupt politicians, paid by foreigners.
    Still you don’t realize that outside interference is the big monster in the field.
    As a major country as far as population is concerned, Pakistan should spread the word that outside interference of any kind is not acceptable and that sovereign countries are exactly that, sovereign.

    • united4justice
      August 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      I am in favor of stopping countries from interfering in other countries but if genocide situation comes then at least not in favor of stopping people from helping their brothers or friends through their own means and ways without govt. support. certainly there are external players now involved in syria and pakistan as well but the burden lies on tyrant and corrupt governments who provide grounds for such interventions not the victim parties. pakistan itself blames india for 71 bangladesh situation but in fact real responsible for that mess was the military dictator who killed its own people for the lust of power and so forced them to take help from india.

  6. mercurytraveller
    August 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Just to close this for myself:
    Listen to this very clear voice of reason:

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