In a new low for ties, India-Pakistan relations are now caught in a vicious cycle of reprisals which was initiated because of, as Indian authorities say, a raid on a residential complex for Indian diplomats by ISI in Islamabad.
"We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor".
Iran has invited Pakistan and China to participate in the development of the Chabahar port and also extended support to the right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a clear setback for India, Iran has invited China and Pakistan to participate in the development of the strategic Chabahar port, which is being built by India for the objective of bypassing Pakistan. India would commence operations with borrowed Iranian equipment by May.
The Chabahar Port has given India access to Afghanistan and Central Asia.
This is hardly the first connectivity project that Iran has tried to work out with Pakistan on board. Pakistan has in the past tried to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Saudi Arabia and Iran, but could not convince Riyadh to accept its good offices.
Irans Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Islamabad, said the Chabahar port project was not meant to "encircle Pakistan. strangulate anybody". During his meeting with Janjua on Tuesday, Zarif talked about "tapping into the potential of Gwadar and Chabahar ports" to boost economic cooperation, according to a statement from Iran's foreign ministry. Zarif said, "There is no reason for hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia".
He also repeated Iran's commitment that it would not allow India to carry out any activities against Pakistan.
"We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that", Zarif said. After years of trying to make the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline a reality, Iran and India had given up on Pakistan.
During his three-day visit, Zarif has been pushing Pakistan to play its role in defusing the tensions in the region and contribute to materialisation of a new paradigm of "understanding and inclusion" that he calls "a neighbourhood paradigm".