Shafaqna Exclusive: How Arab friends ditched Pakistan on Kashmir issue?

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Shafaqna Pakistan: In a big snub to Pakistan, even the UAE, an important member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, has backed India, saying India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir was its internal matter. 

UAE’s stance on Kashmir has shown the Pakistan’s poor diplomacy at the cost of Iran toward Gulf states.

Similarly Saudia’s tepid response to Kashmir crisis is another blow to Pakistan. Saudia has asked for a peaceful solution of Kashmir Issue., which is nothing more than a foreign office statement, carrying no weight.

Even Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not say anything when Imran called him up to complain, nor did Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohammed, or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Muhammad Bin Salman during his visit to India in February was loud and clear on Kashmir issue and snubbed Pakistan by declaring that Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir is not acceptable.

Prime Minister Modi’s outreach to the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two Persian Gulf countries that did not receive the attention they deserved earlier, has borne fruit.

Gulf States always preferred India over Pakistan as they see India as an economic hub and enjoy cordial economic ties. Apart from this Gulf states also harbour the largest Indian expatriate community — of an estimated 7.6 million. Around 2.8 million Indian nationals live and work in Saudi Arabia, and 2.6 million in the UAE.

In 2016, Modi was conferred with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour – the King Abdulaziz Sash- by King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court. The award is named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state. Through building close relations with the Saudi kingdom, Modi helped loosen the earlier close Riyadh-Islamabad bonding.

Pakistan always opted Gulf allies against Iran and got nothing accept deception. Pakistan’s poor diplomacy always focuses on Arab countries which always considered Pakistan as a client. It is not the right time for Pakistan to revamp its foreign policy?

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