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NewsEDITORIAL: Arab countries, Kashmir issue and our foreign policy

EDITORIAL: Arab countries, Kashmir issue and our foreign policy


Saeed ur Rehhman Siddiqui
Saeed ur Rehhman Siddiqui
EDITORIAL: Arab countries, Kashmir issue and our foreign policy

Exactly four years ago, when the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, came on his first visit to India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bypassing the protocol, arrived at the airport himself and warmly welcomed him with a hug. The visit was not merely a formality but several messages were being conveyed in strategic and diplomatic circles. Mohammed bin Salman is also the Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia. In October 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Saudi Arabia.


During this visit, a ‘Strategic Cooperation Council’ was also established between India and Saudi Arabia. Although the relations between Saudi Arabia and India have been mainly centered around oil, in the last few years these relations have now expanded beyond oil. They have come to strategic cooperation. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Saudi Arabia while talking to the English newspaper ‘Arab News’ made it clear that ‘Saudi Arabia and India have the same security concerns.’ While talking about the establishment of defense institutions, he also emphasized on strategic cooperation between the two countries. In December 2020, Indian Army Chief General MM Nirvana arrived in Saudi Arabia. This was the first visit of any Indian military chief to Saudi Arabia.

In the last four years, a lot has happened between India and Saudi Arabia in terms of defense, including exchange of intelligence information and cyber security and counter-terrorism information. Due to new changes in relations, when India announced the removal of Article 370 from Occupied Kashmir, Saudi Arabia stood by India. Apart from this, there have been many cases when Saudi Arabia made it clear that it will not interfere in India’s internal affairs.


This is the reason why the United Arab Emirates is currently investing in many projects in the occupied Kashmir region. In all these circumstances, Pakistan and Kashmiris have no right to worry that this is India where Muslims are being attacked by the arch-enemy Narendra Modi.

Muslims are being cut like carrots and radishes in India at this time Narendra Modi is promoting the extremist Hindu mindset. In these circumstances, Pakistan has also heated up the diplomatic front by showing the real face of India to the Arab world.


Sharif also visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In an interview given to the Arab media, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the visit to the United Arab Emirates proved to be the most successful. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have unique historical relations. The UAE is like a second homeland for Pakistanis and the President of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahiya Pakistan is a friend, they are the biggest benefactors of Pakistan and never back down in helping Pakistan. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan and the Gulf countries have common interests and our relations are more than gifts, we are stronger than gifts We believe in promoting cooperation, our aim is to further strengthen investment and trade relations, we are willing to extend a helping hand to reliable friends. Shahbaz Sharif said that if friends did not help in time, the current situation would It would have been impossible to deal with, the problems faced by Pakistan have been reduced with the help of Gulf countries, but we want aid in the form of investment.


I invite Pakistan and India to get out of futile conflict and antagonism and both countries have to work for the development of the people. If India changes its attitude and negotiates, we will be ready. No, our strong asset is manpower. He said that Pakistan And India fought 3 wars and got nothing but hunger and unemployment, the people were forced to live a life of poverty, now we have to stop this, so both countries have to think seriously to resolve the differences, all controversial issues including Kashmir. It is inevitable to negotiate for a solution. Shehbaz Sharif said that India has to stop the violation of human rights in Kashmir, India has violated the principled status of Kashmir with the controversial article of 2019, what is happening against the minorities in India is in front of everyone. Occupied Kashmir is a controversial area where a delegation of industrialists from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were exploring investment opportunities in Kashmir at a time when the OIC meeting was being held in Pakistan.


The foreign ministers of Muslim countries were participating, while the foreign minister of China was the chief guest. Agreements were signed between the Governor’s administration of Occupied Kashmir and several companies of the United Arab Emirates to invest in industrial projects worth Rs 3000 crore. were found Among these companies are Amar, Lulu, Mato Investments, Almaya Group, GL Implementation Brokerage, Century Financial and the world-renowned e-commerce related to information technology. The CEO of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Alfa Sky’, Ayman Abdul Rahman S. Al-Halai, is also included in the delegation. More than 2,000 acres of land has been allocated by the companies for investment and the plan is to increase this volume to 6,000 acres. The Indian government has already started direct air connections between Srinagar and Dubai for years, while direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Occupied Kashmir are also expected to be announced soon. are silent The main reason for this silence is the trade relations of these Muslim countries with India.

India is the most important economic partner of the Arabian Peninsula and trades with these countries for more than one hundred billion dollars annually. Saudi Arabia, the most important Islamic country in the region, has only said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved with patience. Go and he is worried about it. While other Gulf countries like Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman have not yet issued a single statement. India’s investment in the United Arab Emirates is about $55 billion and the largest foreign investment in the Dubai real estate market is also Indian.


It belongs to the citizens. Dubai’s global port operator DP World also wants to establish a logistics hub in Occupied Kashmir. According to the United Arab Emirates, the change in the constitutional status of Kashmir is an internal matter of India.

Turkey’s annual trade with India is seven billion dollars, but it has put all its weight in Pakistan’s favor. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the conversation between Tayyip Erdoğan, the right of self-determination of Kashmiris has been openly supported. In all these circumstances, Pakistan is trying to ensure the role of the Arab countries in India-Pakistan talks on the Kashmir issue. It is expected that the Arab world will definitely play a positive role in India-Pakistan talks on Kashmir and in ending atrocities against the Muslims of Occupied Kashmir.

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