Photo Courtesy: Arab News
It seems Saudi Arabia is still upset with Pakistan and not in the mood to end the bitterness soon.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa flew in to Riyadh to placate an angry Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman but failed to secure a meeting with him and met with Saudi Arabia’s military chief of staff General Fayyad bin Hamid Al-Ruwaili.
“Gen Bajwa was received by Saudi Arabia’s Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces General Fayyad Al-Ruwaili,” Geo News quoted Ministry of Defense Saudi Arabia.
Fayyadh bin Hamed bin Raqed Al Ruwaili is a Saudi Arabia's military chief of staff who has served as the commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force on two occasions, most recently since a shakeup of the military high command on 26 February 2018 by King Salman.
The relationship between both countries took a sharp turn when Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi gave an open warning to Saudi Arabia on TV for not acting enough in the support of Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. He said on the TV “Today Pakistan is, who are always ready to sacrifice their lives for Mecca and Madina, need Saudi Arabia to play a leading role on the Kashmir issue. If they are not willing to play that role, then I will ask Prime Minister Imran Khan to go ahead with or without Saudi Arabia.”
Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated in his interview that unless the OIC convened CFM meeting on Kashmir, Pakistan would be “compelled to convene a meeting of Islamic countries that are ready to stand with it on the issue of Kashmir and support the oppressed Kashmiri Muslims”.
Riyadh is irked by criticism from Pakistan that Saudi Arabia has been lukewarm on the Kashmir and has not taken the leading role on Kashmir.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, which both claim in full.
Pakistan is an ideological state and The Two-Nation Theory is the basis of the creation of Pakistan. According to this theory, Muslims and Hindus are two separate nations by definition; Muslims have their own customs, religion, and tradition, and from social and moral points of view, Muslims are different from Hindus; and therefore, Muslims should be able to have their own separate homeland in which Islam is the dominant religion, being segregated from Hindus. The state of India officially rejected the two-nation theory and chose to be a secular state, enshrining the concepts of religious pluralism and composite nationalism in its constitution.
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