Riyadh | WTNS | August 20:Amid strained ties, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman refused to meet Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.
Bajwa along with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief had arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday. The relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia took a hit after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attacked Riyadh for failing to take action against India over Kashmir issue.
The close bilateral ties between the two countries took a hit after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi issued a warning to Saudi Arabia after the latter refused to act against India over Kashmir issue.
It is learnt that Saudi Arabia has also told Pakistan that any cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey is unacceptable to Riyadh, including showcasing Turkish TV series Ertugrul on Pakistani Television.
Saudi Arabia has also said that Islamabad must denounce any talks of creating a bloc made up of Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia and Iran.
Saudi Arabia’s demand that the oil-rich Gulf nation has threatened to cancel Saudi investment of USD 20 million in Gwadar port. Riyadh has also warned to cancel all previously committed aid to Pakistan and it can also cancel supply of oil on deferred payment.
Saudi Arabia has also threatened to sourcing of thousands of workers from India under Vision 2030 of Crown Prince and may order non-essential Pakistani workers to leave the country.
Riyadh has also demanded that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan must take strict action against Qureshi and put him in his place as soon as possible.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s warning to Saudi Arabia
Speaking on the first anniversary of revocation of Article 370 by India, Qureshi publicly slammed Saudi Arabia for not backing Pakistan over the issue of ‘organising’ a meeting of the Council of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers (CFM) on Kashmir in early February 2020.
He further said that unless the OIC convened CFM meeting on Kashmir, Pakistan would be “compelled to convene a meeting of Islamic countries that are ready to stand with it on the issue of Kashmir and support the oppressed Kashmiri Muslims”.