Bilateral relations: As Pak-Iran ties grow, Saudis invite Khar

Source: ET

Sources say kingdom pressuring Islamabad to drop gas import, pipeline project.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is expected to travel to Saudi Arabia soon after Riyadh voiced concerns over Pakistan’s rapidly growing economic and trade ties with neighbouring Tehran.

According to diplomatic sources, Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the United States, is pushing Islamabad to abandon its plan for importing natural gas from Iran.

Riyadh is also believed to be concerned over a recent move by Tehran offering crude oil to Pakistan on long-term deferred payments.

Tehran is reaching out to Islamabad in an effort to dispel the impression that it is facing international isolation in the wake of US economic sanctions over its controversial nuclear program.

It has not only offered to fund the Pakistani side of the pipeline but is also willing to support a number of other projects to help the country meet its energy requirements.

Pakistan, however, is under tremendous pressure from the US and Saudi Arabia. Recently, President Asif Ali Zardari delayed a scheduled trip to Iran.


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  1. Saudi Arabia considers Pakistan as its adopted baby. Being custodian of two holy places each Pakistani has built in respect for its King. Saudi Monarch also has deep rooted relations with political and military elite of Pakistan. Saudi Brand Islam is also at its peak in this country. Keeping in mind all these aspects it will now be a real test for PP led government to stand to the Saudi pressure. History reveals too much involvement in the internal affairs of Pakistan by US and its allies like Saudi Arabia has caused more damage than betterment. Let us hope our leaders can appreciate the situation correctly and adopt the way considered better for Pakistan and not for the advantage of US and Saudi Arabia interests in the region.

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