Since it seems certain members strayed away from proper criticism/discussion and ventured into abuse i've decided to recreate the thread as the Iranian statements/actions recently are quite significant in deciding where Iran's stance lies in regards to Afghanistan. I hope that people do not go out sending abuse, your opinion is fine and all however if it starts breaking certain rules then problems do arise.
Also i'd like to point out that Tehran Times is indeed a state newspaper and a government mouthpiece meaning their statements reflect their governments official position.
Here is a bit of Background though regarding Iranian responses:
Both Pakistan and Iran have ambitions for central Asia, with Northern alliance being effectively wiped out and announcements of new government in kabul Iran has lost all leverage it once held in Kabul.Good post.
I'd be very surprised if Pakistan and Iran are going to be on the opposing sides. There had been a lot of discussions between Pakistan and Afghanistan's neighbors in the last few years. BUT if still Pakistan and Iran are going to be not on friendly terms to fight over a miserable country like Afghanistan then it just shows that 3rd world countries 'leadership' is only good for meetings for Chai and Biscuits!
Let's wait and see what's going to happen over the next some days. But I am hopeful there is no major issue. Also, don't forget Indians (and their agents) not just in Afghanistan but in several countries adding to disinformation and creating misunderstandings.
Both Pakistan and Iran have ambitions for central Asia, with Northern alliance being effectively wiped out and announcements of new government in kabul Iran has lost all leverage it once held in Kabul.
Rawalpindi/Islamabad has already decided to revive 90s era CAREC to connect central Asia with Pakistani ports, Afghanistan is central to this project and with Taliban in control of Kabul this project will speed up further. CAREC and CPECs success is central to Pakistans geo-economic pivot. Iran wont like Pakistan having this much influence that itself seeks.