Recently, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s remarks against Saudi Arabia have drawn a lot of flak, within Pakistan and
internationally. Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had brought disagreements between Riyadh and Islamabad out in the open by issuing an ultimatum demanding the Saudis call a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on the
Kashmir issue. As soon as Pakistan realised what a grand mistake they had done, they set out their most trusted Knight to undo the effects of the last move and to prevent the game entering into a ‘check-mate’ scenario. Alas, the damage had been
done. Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, last week had to visit Saudi Arabia in an effort to end the recent tiff between the partner countries. But this apology didn’t help, as Bajwa got a royal snub in Saudi kingdom. Gen
Bajwa had to settle for a meeting with the Deputy Defence Minister and had to return home ‘empty-handed’ after being declined a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Pakistan depends on Saudi Arabia
Pakistan has been dependent on Saudi Arabia for years,
seeking economic bailouts and jobs for unskilled workers whose remittances help Islamabad’s perennial balance of payments difficulties. But now, miffed Saudis have shook Islamabad by asking for the immediate return of short-term loans.
Pakistan nurses the grand delusion of being a self-proclaimed leader of Islamic countries only because it is a nuclear power. Pakistan believes it can
mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia, or can even smooth things up between the US and Iran, or end the war in Yemen. When you don’t have a penny in the pocket but you want to take up others’ causes instead of fixing your own house. How silly is
As Pakistan, which is constantly in a financial crisis, is dependent on Saudi Arabia, Qureshi should have been cautious of making any
statements. It seems that his pressure on Saudi Arabia to call an OIC meeting came with a sense of sure-sightedness that they will be supported on the matter of Kashmir by all Islamic countries. It should not have been expected that as Saudi Arabia is a friend
of Pakistan so it will automatically be against India’s stance on Kashmir.
Saudi Arabia befriends India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy has enhanced India’s diplomacy stature on global forums. His farsightedness has not only won several friends in the
Islamic block, where Pakistan so far had a greater presence but has also increased its influence among Muslim countries through trade and strategic partnership.
Afterall, six Muslim countries have awarded their highest civilian award to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In 2016, Saudi Arabia gave PM Modi its highest civilian honour King Abdulaziz Sash Award. UAE also honoured Prime Minister Modi with
its highest civilian honour, Order of Zayed Award in 2019. This shows India’s growing stature in Islamic block. All these honours show Prime Minister Modi’s close relations with these Islamic countries.
On the contrary, Pakistan is being snubbed on international forum due to its anti-India narrative. As if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s refusal to meet Pak Army chief General Qamar
Javed Bajwa wasn’t insulting enough, Pakistan was further humiliated when they were made to pay back USD 1 billion to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia even ended the contract to sell oil to Pakistan. The differences in their relations have clearly surfaced
now which reflects the fact that Islamabad is gradually losing the support of other Muslim countries.
Pakistan Losing Support from Islamic