Yes, you read it right. Pakistan has a tiff with one among its oldest and dearest allies of all time, Saudi Arabia . Why? Because Pakistan recently lashed out at the Saudi Arabia-led Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) silence on Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi recently warned of parting ways with the OIC if it did not convene foreign ministers meeting regarding Kashmir.
Not only this, but Qureshi also criticized OIC silence about issues, including Kashmir, Babri mosque, and Palestine.
“For one year we’ve been requesting the OIC to call a council of foreign ministers meeting on Palestine and Kashmir issues where Muslims face atrocities while India demolished the 300-year-old Babri mosque and are building a Ram Temple but the OIC remains silent. But why?” Qureshi asked while lecture ARY News recently.
Qureshi continued and warned Saudis that “if you can’t convene it, then I’ll be compelled to ask Prime Minister Imran Khan to call a gathering of the Islamic countries that are able to stand with us on the difficulty of Kashmir and support the oppressed Kashmiris.”
The damage is completed . This has surely infuriated the Saudis who don’t take notes from others. As a result, Saudi Arabia has now ended a loan and oil supply to Pakistan, consistent with the center East Monitor.
Pakistan, last week, was forced to repay the Saudi loan of $1 billion. consistent with several reports, Saudis called within the loan after Pakistan’s criticism of the OIC only.
The loan was a part of a $6.2 billion package announced by Saudi Arabia in 2018. It included a complete of $3 billion in loans and an oil credit facility amounting to $3.2 billion. Those deals were then signed when prince Muhammed Bin Salman visited Pakistan in February last year.
With China helping out, today, Pakistan has successfully repaid $1 billion to Saudi Arabia .
He urged that the OIC must “show leadership on the difficulty .” Qureshi admitted that “It’s right, I’m taking an edge despite our good ties with Saudi Arabia…We cannot stay silent anymore on the sufferings of the Kashmiris.”