Pakistan Turkey relations remain low due to Saudi Arabia.
The latter continue to slam ‘Turkish meddling’ into three Arab countries.
Pakistan Turkey relations remain low
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Pakistan on Friday. A day prior to his visit, Saudi minister Adel al Jubeir spoke against Turkey during his Romania visit.
In Bucharest, he said: “We oppose Turkey’s incursion into Syria, and we oppose Turkey’s support for militias in Somalia, Syria and Libya.”
Al Jubeir’s Saudi Arabia has already had a long record of meddling into internal affairs of Pakistan itself.
When he was serving as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Adel al Jubeir, US embassy document quoted him as saying, “We in Saudi Arabia are not observers in Pakistan, we are participants.”
Later, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, al Jubeir repeatedly gave statements against Iran. He gave such anti-Iran statements during Pakistan visit also. That remains just examples. Saudi monarchy played key role in dragging Pakistan into conflicts which harmed Pakistan immensely.
Timing of Saudi statement
Now, al Jubeir’s statement came ahead of Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan. That must have aimed at reminding power that be in Pakistan they cannot go with Saudi and Turkey together.
Although pro-establishment social media activists tried their level best to downplay the Saudi-Turkey rivalry, al Jubeir made a diplomatic suicide attack on them.
Reasons behind Saudi wrath
Turkey and Qatar support Muslim Brotherhood which Saudi monarchy considers a serious threat to its own sectarian ideology: Salafism/Wahhabism.
Unlike Qatar, Turkey don’t share the sectarian interpretation of Salafism/Wahhabism but they theoretically back ideology of political Islam. And that too, partially.
Pakistan and Turkey plus Iran remain close throughout the history since 1950s. They have supported one another many a times. They joined many international pacts besides tri-partite RCD.
Iran too remains indispensable for bilateral Pakistan-Turkey relations. Geographically, Iran connects Pakistan and Turkey with each other.
Even bilateral trade relations required both Pakistan and Turkey to have good relations with Iran because it remains their transit route. For the two, Iran remains the best viable, cheaper and shortest road and railway route.
Enemies of these three countries know it well. They have decided to divide Muslims and specially those pro-Palestine nations who remain ideological.
Major non-Arab Muslim countries
Pakistan, Turkey and Iran are three major Muslim countries and all three are non-Arabs. But they support Arab Palestinians more than Arab regimes.
They also have strong armies. They have potential to form alternate bloc together with Malaysia.
Keeping these facts in view, anti-Palestine regimes have created ‘controlled chaos’ in Muslim countries. It seems that they use so-called militants (takfiri terrorists) as proxies in these countries.
Many analysts believe that their managed chaos aims at disturbing pro-Palestine countries and epically those following political Islam.
Saudi monarchy has remained a close partner and ally of the most pro-Israel US throughout the history. Their joint ventures against ex-USSR gave birth to al-Qaida and likes. Some offshoots or followers of MB also had joined them. But finally, Saudi monarchy consider them a challenge to its monopoly over Salafism/Wahhabism.
Hence, Saudi opposition to Pakistan’s relations with Turkey has aforesaid background. Although Turkey is an integral part of the NATO and also recognize Israel, its support to Muslim Brotherhood and MB’s supporters in Palestine evoke Saudi reaction.
Saudis had earlier threatened the PTI government in Pakistan to choose between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Since then, Pakistan government gradually stayed away from Iran.
Now it seems that Saudis target Turkish relations with Pakistan while Qatar also falls in that category.
Saudi loan or oil on deferred payment cannot make Pakistan economy strong. Instead, it has enslaved Pakistan. Saudi monarchy dictates its policy and Pakistan regime toes that line.
Bilateral trade with Turkey and Iran and trilateral trade among these three may reduce Pakistan’s dependence on other lenders shortly.
In the long run, it will completely rid Pakistan of Saudi or such other regimes.
Pakistan has many options, including expanded trade with ECO but pro-US and pro-Saudi insiders impede Pakistan’s travelling to right path of self-reliance.
Incumbent government need to match their actions with their words which they said while they had slammed their predecessors in the government.
Unfortunately, present rulers have mortgaged the country to the lenders to the extent that they dictated Pakistan to skip Kuala Lumpur summit and the rulers bowed.
President Erdogan visit to Pakistan should not fail because of Saudi pressure. Neutrality in conflicts in Muslim countries remain the best option for Pakistan but tilting to Saudi Arabia cannot be covered up under the mask of neutrality.
Similarly, Pakistan should not join Erdogan’s meddling into affairs of any Muslim country. The two countries’ relations should focus on expanded trade to benefit both Muslim nations.
Pakistanis implore Saudi monarchy please don’t drag Pakistan into Zionist-US plots portraying them as Arab or Islamic interests. You are not participant in Pakistan. Leave us recognizing our sovereignty, freedom and independence.
Mohammad Ammar for Shiite News Exclusive