Message of unity

January 9, 2018

United States President Donald Trump started his new year by launching a tirade against both Pakistan and Iran. Trump claimed that the US provided Pakistan aid (something that is not correct) for fifteen years but Pakistan was deceitful despite receiving the aid and provided safe havens to terrorists (another claim that is far from the truth). In the second, the US President commenting on the protests in Iran called for a change in the country. Trump wrote, ‘Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE.’
Trumps allegations were rubbished by Pakistan and the country found support from another major Muslim power, Turkey. While speaking to media representatives before he flew to France, Erdogan said, ‘We cannot accept that some countries — foremost the US, Israel — to interfere in the internal affairs of Iran and Pakistan.’ Before that, the Turkish President also called his Pakistani counterpart and expressed solidarity in the wake of Trump’s wild accusations. During his talk with President Mamnoon, the Turkish President assured him of full support and cooperation in any situation. The Turkish President was further quoted as saying, ‘Trump’s conduct in spite of Pakistan’s great sacrifices is undesirable.’ The support in the form of Turkey to both Pakistan and Iran is a welcome development and one that was much needed. Muslim countries rarely stand together in the face of adversity. In fact, if you look at the situation in the Middle East, there are two clear blocs both lead by Muslim countries that are jostling for power with each other. This is exactly the thing the US and Israel have and will exploit. But President Erdogan’s support for Iran and Pakistan has sent out a clear message that the US won’t have its way that easily. Pakistan and Iran have also come out with a joint message which came after a recent meeting between Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and National Security Advisor of Pakistan Nasser Khan Janjua. Criticizing the new US national security, Shamkhani said that the double-standard and rift-widening policies of the US against Muslim countries, including Iran and Pakistan, necessitate alertness and deterring measures and expansion of ties among Muslim countries.The unity displayed by Pakistan, Iran and Turkey is somewhat unprecedented and has sent out a clear message to the US administration. If the three countries can convince more Muslim powers to stand together against the US, it could prove to be an effective deterrence against such accusations and threats.