Arab Proxy Wars: Confusion on Pakistan’s role prevails

Arab proxy Wars

WEB DESK – Even though the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa visited the Joint Services Head Quarters (JSHQ) and both sides announced initiating military cooperation in future, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif maintained that troops would not be sent to either Bahrian or Saudi Arabia.

Nawaz Sharif was speaking to the media on Thursday in Mianwali.

He said the Bahraini king’s visit to Pakistan was beneficial to the country and should be viewed as such, adding that the country was faced with multiple challenges and timely decisions needed to be made.

King Hamad is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan, leading a 21-member delegation which includes his top defence and internal security chiefs.

Earlier, Bahrian and Pakistan signed mutual trade and labor exchange agreements which both sides termed as highly beneficial. However, on Wednesday, King Hamad along with his delegation made an unprecedented visit to the Joint Services Headquarters (JSHQ) in Rawalpindi where both sides discussed prospects to enhance military cooperation.

Moreover, the confusion in country’s power corridors prevailed until today as government officials kept giving contradictory statements on key issues.

The federal information minister Pervez Rasheed and adviser to prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz believed that suspecious $1.5 billion fund from Saudi Arabia had no strings attached. However, the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain claimed that due to certain international factors, the conditions of Saudi funding cannot be revealed at the moment. However, he also mentioned that there was nothing to worry about this funding as it came from brotherly Muslim nation, not from any smuggler.

Federal finance minister Isahq Dar had also asked critiques of Saudi funding to feel ashamed as it was not something happened for the first time.

Not to forget that in 2011, Pakistan had helped Bahrain quell an uprising against the monarchy by sending security personnel recruited through military’s welfare wings — Fauji Foundation and Bahria Foundation.

It was reported in December 2013 that Gulf states – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrian – are considering to form a join military command whose essence was to tackle Iranian influence in Shia dominated regions such as Syria and Bahrian.

Interestingly, Iran’s ambassador in Pakistan was absent from the function organized by President Mamnoon Hussain in the honor Bahrain’s King.

Among all opposition parties, Imran Khan had recently very bluntly expressed that Pakistan must not become the part of any proxy wars now. “We should not repeat the mistake we did in 1970s by joining Afghan Jihad,” he said in an interview.

Another voice which openly criticized and even asked Pakistan Army to disobey any such order of becoming part of Arab Proxy Wars, was MQM’s chief Altaf Hussain.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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