ISLAMABAD/RIYADH – After the Peshawar carnage, for the first time in Pakistan, criticism on Saudi intervention in Pakistan started which is also not pleasant for Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are tied with religious and financial links. From the very first day of its birth, Saudi Arabia is playing a role of ‘Brother’ country for Pakistan, mainly financially.
Kingdom had never been criticized before but the Peshawar school attacked raised serious question on Saudi involvement tin extremism in Pakistan. Now the country’s media and even government ministers have begun to question whether support from Saudi Arabia for seminaries, known as madrassas, is fuelling violent extremism – bringing tension to the relationship for the first time.
The criticism raised too much that the Saudi embassy had to issue a defensive note saying that all its donations to seminaries had government clearance.
This criticism was not welcomed by Saudi government and people as Badar Alam, editor of Herald magazine, said the recent wave of criticism was unprecedented.
“Saudi has vast commercial and economic interests in Pakistan. There are open questions being asked on this relationship,” he said.
“Before, nobody would ask any questions in any manner. Now even the Urdu press is asking questions.”
PakistanTribe had reported a day before about a report prepared by home department Baluchistan about the Saudi intervention in Pakistan. An official on anonymity had told media that Saudi Arabia is involved in funding the Madrassas and almost 234 Madrassas are receiving foreign aid.
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