Saudi Arabia all weather friend, never threatened Pakistan over KL summit

APP48-17 RAWALPINDI: February 17 – Prime Minister Imran Khan Saudi Crown Prince, HRH Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on his arrival at Nur Khan Base. APP

By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –

Government of Pakistan’s decision not to attend the PM Dr Mahatir Mohmmad lead (Private – Kuala Lampur Summit) in Malaysia was based on logical and reasonable grounds due to the fact that they singled out Saudi Arabia by not inviting at first. However, they later extended the invite to Saudi Arabia. The summit is was private initiative of Dr Mahatir Mohammad and he was holding it for sometimes.

Pakistan has its own economic and geo-political interests with special ground realities with India and Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia is friend of Pakistan in all times and special friend due to ‘Defence Pact’. The Saudi embassy in Islamabad on Saturday denied “information and fake news” broadcast by some media outlets that Saudi Arabia “pressurised and threatened” Pakistan to refrain from participating in the Kuala Lampur Summit.

Turkish President Erdogan has his own circumstances, interests and seems bit misinformed and mislead. President Erdogan should know that, Iran is the only beneficiary of US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Iranian intervention created bigger mess and destruction in Syria where a minority leading the country for years. It is Iranian sectarian policies which created civil war in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria which is back fringing now. So much so that former Afghan Prime Minister has to warn Iran to stop interfering with sectarian agenda in Afghanistan.

Indo-Iran infiltrated Pakistani media keep banging about non-attendance of Prime Minister Imran Khan, but not telling that it was a private event and only become official because Dr Mahatir Mohammad is Prime Minister now and he will be retiring soon’.

The Iranian support of Baluch terrorists as ‘Uzair Balooch’ confessed and allowing Indian Raw operates from its soil ( RAW agent Kubhushan Yadve) with other stations on borders, the Iranian (IRG)’s involvement in killings of 14 Pakistani soldiers in Baluchistan as well as handing over of Chabhar Port to India. Iranian trade with India is $30 billion trade per year but with brotherly Pakistan having 700 miles land sea border trade is less than $2 billion. Pakistan has not done any meaningful drilling for oil and gas in the area due to these terrorists.

Pakistan has more enemies inside than outside and need to raise a special command structures to deal with Mafias infested with foreign agents in media, academia, politics, judiciary and elite. Making claims knowing about their existence is not enough it is time to take special action with special measures like US did in civil war and its supreme court supported. The judgement by the special court judge Justice Waqar Seth about former President Pervez Musharraf have raised serious security concerns due to the political appointments of judges with terrorist links in higher judiciary.

US State Department already raised concerns about the conviction rate of terrorists by the Pakistani courts which lead to the formation of military courts, but higher courts granted bails to many. Justice Waqar Seth has reportedly acquitted 68 Military courts convicts, 200 Bajaur Agency Taliban and approximately released 200 PTM activists. The judge has reported links with the ANP political party and was appointed by the Nawaz Sharif regime.

Pakistan currently facing tensions on both Afghan and Kashmir borders with India. It is highly likely that India will do some ‘false flag adventure’ as it has removed Israeli installed four layered security fences at five locations at LOC in Kashmir.

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international Presidential election observer for Kazakhstan, 2019, 2016 and 2015, Azerbaijan 2018 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University and visiting professor in Hebe University in China.)