Pakistan Army Chief Insulted By Saudi Arabia, What Next For PM Imran Khan?

Army Chief Bajwa was ignored by the Saudi Prince on the former’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia

Chief of Pakistan Army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa was left high and dry on his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, where he had specially travelled to meet the country’s crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud.

On landing at the Riyadh airport, no proper diplomatic welcome was extended to Bajwa. The Saudi Prince refrained from meeting him and sent his vice-defence minister and younger brother instead. Further, the Pakistan army chief was not even given a medal that was a part of his visit.

The tensions between the two countries emerged after Pakistan requested Saudi Arabia to arrange a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the topic of Kashmir. The OIC is a congregation of 57 Muslim countries with its headquarters in Jeddah.

When this was not done, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called out the Saudi government’s silence in an interview to a local television channel. This irked Mohammad Bin Salman, who then kept himself away from meeting the Pakistan army head.

Saudi Arabia has extended monetary help to Pakistan of close to six Arabs, out of which Pakistan has returned only one Arab with help from China. In an interview to a TV Channel on Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called Saudi Arabia an important and helpful ally. He also praised China as a political friend and cited that the Chinese alliance is indispensable for the progress of his country.

In other news, rumours are rife in the Pakistani media that Mahmood Qureshi slapped a senior secretary of Imran Khan on being stopped from meeting the PM.

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