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Iran tensions

US-Iran tensions challenge Pakistan's balancing act

Islamabad aims to avoid angering Shiites as it protects Belt and Road projects

U.S. President Donald Trump, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Pakistan is trying to distance itself from U.S.-Iran tensions, not only to avoid getting caught up in violence but also to keep the Belt and Road infrastructure projects on track. (Photos by Reuters, AP)

KARACHI -- In the wake of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran since American forces killed Iran's top commander General Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 3, Pakistan, Iran's neighbor, has been trying to stay neutral for the sake of its domestic stability, due to its large minority of Shiite Muslims.

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