Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman , the Opposition leader in Pakistan’s National Assembly, has urged India to play an active role in resisting certain world powers who want to “control” the region and its trade routes.
“Today there are certain forces in the world who do not want us to make economic progress.They want to shackle us.Their eyes are on Arabia’s oil, Asia’s trade routes and the entire region,” the senior leader said in an apparent reference to the US and its allies.
He asserted that India and Pakistan must settle all their disputes, including the Kashmir issue, and join hands to prevent outside forces from taking control of the region. “We expect India to play a prominent role in resisting these powers,” Rahman said at a seminar organised to mark the death anniversary of eminent Muslim scholar and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind leader Maulana Syed As’ad Madani.
“ I want to point out here in New Delhi that there are severe pressures on us,” Rahman stated. Islamabad would face pressure if it refused to create hurdles in implementation of the Iran-India gas pipeline project, he told the gathering adding that it was already under pressure because it had refused to send its forces to Iraq and permitted China to invest in Gwadar port project.
“These must not be viewed as one country or community’s problems but those of the whole region,” the Pakistani leader emphasised. He felt that China and Iran too should join India and Pakistan in helping resolve the crises in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine or there would be trouble for the entire region.