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The Pakistan Military Intelligence run twitter account @defencepk tweeted, “Saudi Arabia to become a full fledged CPEC partner: Saudi Ambassador to #Pakistan.” The tweet included a news item in Dawn News, Urdu language section, that cited Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malkiy as reiterating his commitment to invest in Gwadar Port.
Al-Malkiy was speaking at an event “Contributions of Muslim world in creation of Pakistan: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) an example” at the International Islamic University, Islamabad. Those who addressed the event were Pakistan ISI’s blue-eyed boy Mushahid Husain and the late military dictator Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s son Ejaz-ul-Haq.
Investing in the CPEC project at Gwadar has been one of the favorite topics of Saudi ambassador lately. Al-Malkiy has also been showering praise on former Pakistan army chief Gen Raheel Sharif, commander in chief of the global wahabi terrorist force, called the Islamic Coalition Force.
“The ambassador said that the strength of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan showed when Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa visited the kingdom in his first official visit abroad after being appointed chief of army staff,” the Saudi envoy told a meeting of Pakistani editors in September, according to the Dawn newspaper.
Saudi Arabia ruling House of Saud is in turmoil as the octogenarian King Salman seems to have relegated all his powers to his favorite and overly ambitious son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman whose “most notable success abroad may well be the wooing and capture of President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner,” according to an article in the Foreign Policy by two highly distinguished scholars, Aaron David Miller, vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President and Richard Sokolsky, nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, served in the State Department for 37 years, including 10 as a member of the secretary of state’s Office of Policy Planning in 2005-2015.
The crown prince last week locked up dozens of filthy rich princes on a charge of corruption. According to the Jerusalem Post, “Among business executives detained in the probe were billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of investment firm Kingdom Holding; Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, founder of Al Tayyar Travel; and Amr al-Dabbagh, chairman of builder Red Sea International.” The powerful Prince Mitaib bin Abdullah, Minister of the National Guard were among those detained by the crown prince who is acting like the proverbial bull in a China shop.
Oddly enough, though the Saudis have long worked with the Pakistani defense establishment and have funded wahabi terrorists worldwide, Baloch freedom leader Hyrbyair Marri came out with a statement in support of the “moderate Islam” policy of the kingdom.
“The Baloch leader termed Saudi Arabia’s efforts to return toward moderate Islam as a positive step in the right direction. He said a large number of Baloch people live in the Gulf States and these countries have historic relations with Baloch people,” web sites linked to Marri said.
Marri, whose aides are mostly from Western or Iranian Balochistan, has allegedly been sympathetic to the extremely dangerous wahabi terror outfit called Jaishul Adal, which has carried out a number of attacks against the Shia theocracy. The Jaishul Adal is no different from the ISIS or the Haqqani Network and their cadres are trained to believe that if they die during jihad they will get 72 houris and 27 peach-bottomed boys to play with in heaven. According to well informed sources, Hyrbyair Marri believes suicide bombers of the Jaishul Adal will come in handy when the time is opportune.
Hyrbyair Marri showing support for the Saudis was frowned upon by the secular Baloch leaders.
Marri’s statement was condemned with a tweet by the chief of the Balochistan Liberation Front, Dr Allah Nazar, who belongs to the Zikri sect. The chanting religion of Zikris are a progressive Muslim sect since they don’t believe in going for annual pilgrimage or hajj to Mecca. Most of the coastal belt of Balochistan is in Zikri hands.
Any encouragement of wahabi politics may spell the death knell for the secular character of Balochistan’s politics in Pakistan-occupied Balochistan. Intriguingly, Saudi news channels are broadcasting news and reports daily about Balochistan freedom from Iran, not Pakistan.