Unrest in the Arab world: Islamabad assures Riyadh of support

Published: March 28, 2011
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 President Zardari with the Saudi prince at the President House in an earlier meeting. PHOTO: APP/FILE

President Zardari with the Saudi prince at the President House in an earlier meeting. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

In the backdrop of the current political uprisings in the Arab world, Pakistan has decided to play a significant role in the region by supporting Saudi Arabia, sources told The Express Tribune.

The decision came following a string of meetings that Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, special emissary of the Saudi king, had with the Pakistani leadership over the weekend.

The Saudi royal family scion met the top political and military leaders, among them President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Prince Bandar’s whirlwind tour came as mass protests are sweeping across most of the Gulf and Middle Eastern countries. Though there is no immediate threat of an uprising against the Saudi rulers, the situation in neighbouring Bahrain is a cause for serious concern.

In his interaction with Premier Gilani, the Saudi prince indicated that the oil-rich kingdom would extend meaningful support to Pakistan to improve its ailing  economy, sources told The Express Tribune on Sunday.

Cash-strapped Islamabad has been asking Riyadh for oil on deferred payment for quite some time now.

Prince Bandar is said to have assured Islamabad of its help to address its immediate oil needs. He also reaffirmed that the kingdom would always stand by Pakistan to confront any challenge and support any initiative to expand bilateral ties.

According to sources in the Foreign Office, the Saudi move to seek help from Pakistan had a tacit endorsement from the United States whose forces are stationed in Bahrain. The US 5th fleet is stationed in Bahrain under an agreement reached between the two countries 15 years ago.

“The United States does not consider Saudi security forces’ entry into Bahrain as an invasion,” the White House said on Monday.

Riyadh sent about 1,000 troops into Bahrain to protect government facilities after protesters overran police and blocked roads.

Premier Gilani told Prince Bandar, who is also secretary-general of the Saudi National Security Council, that his country supports the Saudi stance in the Gulf and the Middle East and would stand by Riyadh for regional peace.

The prince briefed the prime minister on the Saudi perception of the situation in the Gulf and the Middle East.

Sources said that the main purpose of Prince Bandar’s visit was to evaluate Islamabad’s viewpoint on the rapidly changing political situation in the Arab world, particularly on the alarming situation in Bahrain, which borders Saudi Arabia.

In 1991, Riyadh was disappointed by Pakistan’s attitude towards the Gulf War when the then army chief Gen Aslam Beg had publicly opposed the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s decision of sending army and air force units to Saudi Arabia on the call of the kingdom.

Faced with the threat of a direct attack from Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussien’s forces, the Saudi authorities were further disappointed when Gen Beg agreed to send only 5,000 troops after a long delay and that too under strict conditions.

It took Islamabad several years to win back the trust of Riyadh.

The Saudis kept referring to this ‘betrayal’ during their talks with Islamabad on all forums, a former diplomat, who has served in Riyadh, told The Express Tribune.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (81)

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 8:05AM

    This is just sickening!

    After railing about how America, Israel, India, the entire world is interfering in Pakistan we have no qualms with making agreements with governments who are not only facing popular unrest, but their legitimacy is slowly eroding as it attempts to buy its citizens through financial handouts.

    If that wasnt enough, the Saudi regime along with other mid-east nations has effectively intervened to prop up an unpopular, disconnected and minority regime in Bahrain.

    How is this going to serve Pakistan’s interest? So we are truly for sale? So they are going to throw some money at us, offer free oil and all is well? How is this any different than our transactional relationship with the US that so many people demand we end?

    The Army is going to send over some soldiers on deputation? Or like Bahrain, the Fauji Foundation and Bahria Foundation will just recruit what are effectively mercenaries. Actually hold on, I thought we did not have the resources to tackle terrorists in North Waziristan but we are happy to help here?

    Everyone talks about bringing a revolution in Pakistan, yet we are helping to uphold an illegitimate regime against people revolting. We dont want anyone to interfere in our affairs, but are happy to take sides in others.

    We must be ahead of history, not left behind in it.

    I hope it doesnt come to it, but its high time we stopped exporting our sons to fight other peoples wars and build other peoples economies, sold away by their own government and military, only to be later treated like 3rd class citizens, under the guise of supporting a “brotherly Muslim nation”, who have to stoop down to spending $35 Billion in buying its own citizens support, and yet are afraid and so have to make the rounds at foreign capitals, making sure that they can count on our support.

    What a big mistake at the worst possible time. All we have told the people in the Gulf is that the Pakistani state is with your rulers not the people. If things get worse, then there may be more reprisals against Pakistani’s as there has already been in Bahrain. Recommend

  • EA
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:10AM

    Plz something about EDUCATION, HEALTH and other basics of life and not guns, sects, religion and oil alone.Recommend

  • IK
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:44AM

    Quote “the Saudi prince indicated that the oil-rich kingdom would extend meaningful support to Pakistan to improve its ailing economy,”
    The Making of a Mercenary Country!!
    Now if this is goign to be a long drawn war in the gulf, the Sheikhs are going to use Pakistani Army. History Repeats, what a lovely saying.Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 8:51AM

    @Unrest in the Arab world: Islamabad assures Riyadh of support

    Its like playing voilin while Rome is set on fire……………go Prince Bandar and put in order every thing back home………….what can Pakistan do?????? i hope you dnt want army on lease?Recommend

  • Tariq
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:01AM

    Finally, the tables have turned. The Arabs need Pakistan. Just last year the Saudis told Pakistan to take a hike. Oh it must feel good.Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:03AM

    No problem at all, Wahabi kings may call again “YA AMRICA MADAD”Recommend

  • IZ
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:04AM

    Of course we always do our best to serve US interests and keep tyrants in power.Recommend

  • Arif
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:33AM

    saudis are scared (censored)-less. :-) they should beRecommend

  • Sajjad
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:45AM

    Good move. Muslim unity is now need of hour. There are many other muslims countries besides Pakistan who can help Saudi Arab. This move should be made on the basis of Muslim unity not on ailing economy of Pakistan.
    Unity is strength. Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:00AM

    Pakistan is being dragged into the vortex of Arab politics. Consequences can be dramatic. Claiming to support morally and politcally the Kashmiri separatists, How is that Pakistan is siding with the rulers against whom the general public in Libya, Bahrain are revolting. Dont get into the messy politics of other countriesRecommend

  • Bunny
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:17AM

    Mr president….why you are trying again to jump in others war for some oil….please see we cannot handle one war mess….dont start any other…just think if saudi or any other countrys protesting people wins against kingdom and stops ur all help….then u will get nothing in future….It would be better let our relations with them on same road…dont mess again in any others war….Recommend

  • Adnan S. Khan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:29AM

    We’re gonna support tyrants in exchange for riyals… decent!Recommend

  • Mercenary Army
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:34AM

    Ready to serve for moneyRecommend

  • Dr Zulfiqar
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:48AM

    The Pakistani tax payers have built up these institutions and armaments to protect themselves not Saudi monarchs.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:04AM

    I hope Prince Bandar is not up to any monkey business. This smells of a demand for Pakistani mercenaries in case of a Libya-style uprising. Pakistan must not put the lives of its citizens on the line to support a corrupt regime.Recommend

  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Yes why not ? Keep sending forces to suppress common Saudis and in return be gifted with Wahabism, thereby fueling more hatred towards India, US and Israel !!Recommend

  • Shahzad S. Janjua
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Go for it, if our brothers needed it, then be it, it’s better than the cultural invasion by the west and the pro friend Indian. Who has cultural, economically, socially and morally has destroyed Pakistan.

    Being a very close friend of the Israel.

    We should support our brothers in Islam, if we are united as one, we can achieve much alot.Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:23AM

    That’s a fair deal!Recommend

  • Gill
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:30AM

    The current wave of revolution is caused more by the US/Israel than the internal suppression that the people of these MENA (Middle East and North Africa) have been subjected to in the past few decades. It is time to support MENA countries which the Pakistani government has rightly done. On the other hand government of these countries should also consider to involve public participation in the governments.Recommend

  • Nilofer
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:43AM

    You mean a Pakistani version of ‘black water’Recommend

  • SW
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:45AM

    @Aninda Chowdhury:
    O really. Why are you so concerned? Do you guys really have to poke you nose in everybody’s matters? Go worry about how Shiv sena and BJP are treating your minorities and how Shudars and Dalits are living a life worse than animals.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Petro dollars for Pakistani divine mercenaries to shed the blood of subjugated Muslims kept in
    Wahabi darkness. We are laughing stock of the West, India and the sane world. Better to end the monarchy before the sands of Arabia become clay with blood. The King should pray and seek wisdom and humility from Allah that he and his clan do what is correct without spilling any blood. And may Allah have mercy on our nation by taking Zardari’s and his coterie to a far off
    land where they can harm no one- Amem Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:51AM

    @Gill:
    Have you asked Dr Hoodbuoy and his coterie whether he agrees with your assessment of these
    crisis being induced by two zionist governments!Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Does this mean that the Pakistani army is not overstretched in the Waziristan area. Is it going to pull out from eastern borders or from Waziristan?Recommend

  • shaharyar
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:08PM

    We should keep in mind the interest of Pakistan whatever the situation..Recommend

  • SW
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:18PM

    @Khalid Rahim:
    Agreed. Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:29PM

    One corrupt dude talking to another equally corrupt leacher. Bander did not come to discuss any Saudi requests for assistance or offer any assistance. This is smokescreen. Bander made over a $1billion in corrupt payments from the $40 Billion Yamama Tornadoes Aircraft Deal with BAE. From that deal he acquired a 1000 acre farm in Oxfordshire. Zardari is probably making Bander his partner in loot. Nothing good can ever come off for Pakistan when Zardari or Mukdoom’s or the PPP is involved. Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 12:32PM

    On the camera they (arabs) say we are bothers, on the back they fund Talibs and Balcoh insurgents (not our lovely Balochs who love this country). Yet when they are faced with the trouble they only way out they can see is Pakistan. Shell we help them out in an unjust cause, when the justifible cause is their citizens fight for democracy? and shell we at all support them while in reality they support those who are against our very existence i.e. the Talibs and the insurgents.
    .
    Better we stay nutreal if we can’t support their citizens in their march for Democracy. Maybe we can stop this terrorist/talibs chimeny by doing so. We better be friends with India and Isreal then defending this back stabbers. Aslam Baig shouldn’t have even sent the 5000 troops then and that beardless mullah (sharif) should better stay in the holy kingdom then leasing out our military to the arabs.
    .
    Thier fight with the Shia dominated Iran is a non-ending phenomenan and can onl;y end when both the regimes are replaced by their citizens inspiring for democracy. We need to care for them so our future relations will be on good terms, not like what we did in north-eastern africa i.e. Ethiopia and Eritira on the saying of these middle easetern lords, for which now we are paying the price in form hatered from the beautiful Ethiopians.
    .
    also we might be able to get peace in our region – Afghanistan and Pakistan – by doing so, as all their sons can go back home, leaving Afghnaistan and Pakistan in peace, and fighting their holy war on their own soil. Recommend

  • MAD
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:33PM

    @hamid majid abbasi:

    They’ve used services of the Pak Army once before. if the custodian of the two holy mosques requests assistance in any form pakistan must and will respond.Recommend

  • Manoj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:36PM

    @SW:

    Why you have so much bitterness about Indians? No Indian wants to poke it’s nose in the affairs of Pakistan. But you will appreciate that due to some reason or other act of Pakistan directly or indirectly affects India and hence India and Indian has stake in peaceful and economically prosperous, enlightend Pakistan. Right from the beginning Pakistan allied with US and west thru Ceto, CENTO etc. Pakistan tried to shed it’s south Asian identity and presented itself as an Arab Nation, to counterbalnce India, befriended China. supported USA in the war against USSR in Afganistan.

    all these steps of Pakistan robed our two countries peace and prosperity. There was a time when our politicain did not need security , now we are gradually becoming a security state, where welfare of people becomes secondry objective of the state. Army and hawkish people opinion becomes stronger and recognised. foreign policy and internal security policy all looses it’s independence and does not serve the best interest country.

    In the instant case, Pakistan is trying to allign itself with Saudi Arabia against the will of common people of that country. It will have similar negative impact on Pakistan and India as was with the Pak intervention in Afganistan. I am not going into detail of those negative impact, because I am sure we know it.
    I assume your reply to above will that becuase of Kashmir, Pakistan was forced to allign with those powers. But my friend 60 years of experience shows that those allignment did not help resolving the Kashmir issue and there is no guarntee that in future they will be of any help.
    Hence, why not change the policy at least now and follow a policy which helps to make pakistan a peaceful and prosperous country. why to send your army to Saudi Arbia and make the people of that country your enemy?Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 12:37PM

    On the camera they (arabs) say we are bothers, on the back they fund Talibs and Balcoh insurgents (not our lovely Balochs who love this country). Yet when they are faced with the trouble the only way out they can see is Pakistan. Shell we help them out in an unjust cause, when the justifible cause is their citizens fight for democracy? and shell we at all support them while in reality they support those who are against our very existence i.e. the Talibs and the insurgents.
    .
    Better we stay nutreal if we can’t support their citizens in their march for Democracy. Maybe we can stop this terrorist/talibs chimeny by doing so. We better be friends with India and Isreal then defending this back stabbers. Aslam Baig shouldn’t have even sent the 5000 troops then and that beardless mullah (sharif) should better stay in the holy kingdom then leasing out our military to the arabs.
    .
    Thier fight with the Shia dominated Iran is a non-ending phenomenan and can onl;y end when both the regimes are replaced by their citizens inspiring for democracy. We need to care for them so our future relations will be on good terms, not like what we did in north-eastern africa i.e. Ethiopia and Eritira on the saying of these middle easetern lords, for which now we are paying the price in form hatered from the beautiful Ethiopians.
    .
    also we might be able to get peace in our region – Afghanistan and Pakistan – by doing so, as all their sons can go back home, leaving Afghnaistan and Pakistan in peace, and fighting their holy war on their own soil. Recommend

  • Nawaz Sharif
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:39PM

    We are not servants of Saudi Arabia. Let this monarchy ship to sink.
    What these kings can offer is: peanuts
    Let the revolution of democracy come in Saudia. These princes and Kings are very cruel, corrupt and dishonest. And moreover they are not true friends of Pakistan.
    May Allah sinks the Shah’s of Saudia. Ameen!!!
    We don’t want Saudi Kings dates. lolzRecommend

  • AG
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:49PM

    It looks like a case of Pakistan selling themselves for a few barrels of oil. It is one thing to assist the Saudis against any foreign invasion, it’s anothet matter supporting tyrants against their own (Muslim at that) population. And to think that it is the Saudi wahabism that is the root cause of malaise in Pakistan. Not to forget that it is again America directing this whole excercise, resting it’s guns on Saudi shoulders!
    What has Pakistan to gain from this? More Saudi money, a little coming to Pakistani coffers, but mostly going into the pockets of the mad mullahs!Recommend

  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:05PM

    SW – I am no supporter of Shiv Sena but trust me Wahabism will take you Pakistanis to darkness. Your intellect will be subdued by fanaticism. Recommend

  • A Khan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Pakistan and its establishment have always acted like mercenaries for saving these regimes, our great army’s retires are serving all these countries for decades to suppress the locals, and in-return we get Wahhabism.

    Its time for us to stand against the blood sucking establishment which has turned the mother land into a pile of garbage and betrayed the Ummah in favor of tyrants.Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:40PM

    No one can save these clowns! End is near and Pakistan can only commit mistake by siding with the losers!Recommend

  • Prince Abdullah
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:43PM

    @Tariq:
    The Arabs dont needs you. The Arab royalty was on a lookout for mercenaries and who better than Poor ol Pakistanis when it comes to being a mercenary. Afterall, the Americans have been using you since decades. Dont worry you will come out better off, with a few dollars being thrown your way.

    And yeah please dont start this crap of pakistani lives are cheap when your mercenaries get sent back. They are hired for a job and are compensated for it. If they come back in bodybags, well for all practical reasons You signed up for it, just consider it to be an occupational hazard.Recommend

  • Ashiq Khan Achakzai
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @Prince Abdullah:
    Thank You Prince. You are so holy to us that we will do any thing for you. You encourage terrorism in Pakistan and we accept it as a sacred goodwill. You still provide charity to our terrorists who destroy our schools, markets infra structure and kill our children, yet we are so happy to welcome you. We do all this because you feed some of our poor leaders and grease some of our Molvies, bureaucrats, judges and generals.
    After all you are Arabs and we are Ajams. Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:15PM

    If Pakistan has agreement with KSA then Pakistan should honour it. Suadi Royal family should introduce reforms to free the Saudi society. They have time to reintroduce the instituition of Khalifa under Khalaffte Insan/Islam. Now it is time to change the name of Saudi Arabia. They can may name it like Islamic Arabia or Khalafite Arabia. If Saudi Raoyal Family begins this move then this will bring respect for them in Kingdom and entire Suni Muslim World. Wahabis are part of Suni Muslims and have all most same AQAID.Recommend

  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:16PM

    @ Prince Abdullah – I am an Indian but I still have more respect for Pakistanis than Arabs. Pakistanis are gullible and you filthy Arab royals take that advantage. The day democracy is achieved in Arabia, all you fun loving royals will be drowned in gutters by your own people.Recommend

  • fazal karim mahsud
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:17PM

    Pakistan needs to make pragmatic decisions at this moment on the Saudi request. The uprising in Bahrain needs to be brought under control even if we have to extend help to the rulers of that country lest there appears an other sort of hostile country like Iran. Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:28PM

    @Aninda Chowdhury:
    Why are you showing such worriness for Pakistanis. Islam’s firstever enemy were idol worshipers. And now Pakistan’s enemy #1 is Hindus of India which are also idol worshipers. Qaud-e-Azam fed up from Hindu leaders of British India, those were Ghandi, Nehru etc. due to their policies against the Muslims of India.Word INDIA is not a part of Hinduism. India is the name of land…………..Recommend

  • sudhir
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Arabs r master of mawali converted muslim slaves.Above all they have given their religion to u mawalis because of which u pakis r really indebited them.So they have every right to use mawalis of pak in what ever way they want.Recommend

  • SW
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:50PM

    @Aninda Chowdhury:
    Thank you for your thoughts. You are not qualified to pass such statements on our religion. Please keep them to yourself. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:55PM

    You won’t fight Taliban in your own country – you have never been victorious in any war – why would anyone pay you to come to their country and fight on their behalf?Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:11PM

    This is another example of flawed foreign policy of Pakistan !!! You can’t even deal with the problems within your own country, let alone supporting and trying to help despot govts in middle east !! After all Saudis have done to bring wahabi and extremism to pakistan, and destroy your secular lives, it seems this was not enough that you still want to lick their feet for more of the same, please, just for few dollars and few tankers of oil !!!
    Another example that the state and its people are for sale!!!
    Beware about trying to support and prep up any middle east regimes as most of them are living on borrowed time and when it starts falling it will be like domiono effect!
    Pakistan may find itself in very messy situation, just take a look at Bahrain situation and multiply that across middle east.
    Some bloody Foreign policy managers this country has!!!!Recommend

  • Anil
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:19PM

    If all of you are against Wahabism in Pak then why dont you confront Ahle Hadith in Pakistan, why fill page after page in this blog, why not go out and demonstrate against them , after all these people are your own country men. Or is it a conspirancy in the Army and ISI is involved.
    House of Saud can run the their country in what ever they see fit its a majority Salafi country just like Iran is majority Shia. Neither would tolerate the uprising of the monirity.Recommend

  • H. Zaidi
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:21PM

    There is another side to the expression of support to the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and similar Sheikhdoms by our Great Leaders.
    Unfortunatley, they are always seen standing on the wrong side of the people, on the pretext of ‘seeking support’ for an ailing economy.
    Have they ever given a thought about why the Pakistani economy has always been chronically ailing, despite all the so-called ‘support’ they have been receiving over the years from their friends in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the USA?
    This is a question the readers also might like to answer.
    The ‘Great Leaders’ must take out time to think about durable solutions to the problem of curing the economy of its ills rather than sticking unashamedly to the begging bowl! Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 3:50PM

    @Aninda Chowdhury:
    Pakistani establishment just need to realize sooner then later, that the real enemy is not India but those sitting in the middle east, using us in the name and guise of Islam. They call us brothers but they leave no stone unturned to damage us and they are doing so by funding the talibs and the insurgents. Afterall it’s the economic competation – Gawadar and vs the arab ports. Whereas we do have the competation with India but a positive one. The least thing India will want to see is a weaker Pakistan whcih will be a risk to hereself. We all the moderate and liberal Pakistanis (which are the huge majority) want to see the perpetators of Mumbai attacks brought to justice by the Paksitani courts.Recommend

  • Rana Asghar
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:19PM

    Let there be a peoples revolution in Saudi Arabia! Let people rule instead of 10000 princes (good for nothing). Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 4:22PM

    @Aninda Chowdhury:
    Thanks for the reply to that arab punk. Pakistani establishment just need to realize sooner then later, that the real enemy is not India but those sitting in the middle east, using us in the name and guise of Islam. They call us brothers but they leave no stone unturned to damage us and they are doing so by funding the talibs and the insurgents. Afterall it’s the economic competation – Gawadar and vs the arab ports. Whereas we do have the competation with India but a positive one. The least thing India will want to see is a weaker Pakistan whcih will be a risk to hereself. We all the moderate and liberal Pakistanis (which are the huge majority) want to see the perpetators of Mumbai attacks brought to justice by the Paksitani courts.
    .Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:35PM

    @H. Zaidi:
    Because begging has become first nature to pakistan, not second nature!!! They are not ashamed as shame and ghairat brigades are only mules for use when required, Do they ever question the govt as to outcome of all those street protests they conduct in name of honour of land of pure???? The answer is no!!!!
    This policy in middle east will have severe result for pakistan, forget their policy towards india, if they get involved in middle east.
    They really need to sit and think about how many pakistanis depend on monies and employment in middle east first then consider the reprecussions of their actions on these migrant workers, and lastly can they guarantee their safety from local population , in event of pakistani intervention!!!!
    They cannot guarantee safety of the aam aadmi going about his own business in day to day life on streets of lahore and karachi, let alone in any middle east country!!!!
    Look at how many pakistani migrants from libya have had any govt assistance in returning home??? this should tell us what to expect from the govt for its people! In middle east one can multiply the number of migrants in event of unrest. Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:59PM

    @Raj:

    Correct! Pakistan should honour his agreements. There is no popular unrest against Saudi rulers. Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:26PM

    @Aninda Chowdhury:
    Their gutters are not big enough to drown this lot!!! But don’t worry they can seek asylum from US, UK, Rest of Europe and perhaps some south american countries too!!!
    Just remember what happened to Shah Of Iran!!!! became a journey man with his family going from country to country, trying to find permanant refuge!!!!!Recommend

  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:29PM

    @ Raj – If there is fire in a house just next to you, will you not be worried ? Pakistan’s peace and prosperity lies in India’s interest. See how Bangladesh is benefiting from India’s friendship. The more Wahabism grows in Pakistan, terrorist attacks in India will continue. In other words, mentally fit Pakistan = Safe India. Got the connection ? Recommend

  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:36PM

    @ SW – I have every right to comment on your religion a long as fanatics from your religion creates trouble for us. You will not see me commenting when Talibans kill Ahmedis or Shias, but I will definitely comment when an Indian (be it Hindu or Muslim or anybody) gets killed by a Pakistani terrorist.

    I am not commenting against Islam but against those who are killing innocents in the name of Islam. Recommend

  • Nomi
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:10PM

    The Kingdom of Saudia Arabia is a brother country of Pakistan.I swear upon God some of you People must be indian hindus in disguise.You hindus have no right to interfere in our internal affairs or in the foriegn relations of Arabia.India since birth has been an enemy of Pakistan you hindus want to catch us of guard. don’t interfere in OUR business.You people calling our friendship bad are stupid and should shut-up our religious places are there and the people are our muslim brothers!Recommend

  • @ibmlove
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:13PM

    This is a good time to get place in heart of Arabs. They always support us in any kind of emergency. I assure you here many indian will write with the name of muslims agains it, becaquse how they will allow the Pakistani influence in muslim and especially Arab world. Not at all. The block of Gulf with China-Pakistan will be more powerful to kick off west from the region. Its basically the time for Pakistan to prove themselves.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:17PM

    @ TightDhoti: Please talk about something which u know about. Your comments are as if you are a 16 year old.Recommend

  • Nomi
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:27PM

    Exactly ibmlove is right…Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:58PM

    @@ibmlove:
    Go do some home work first!!! check facts as to what sort jobs are the pakistani migrants doing in gulf!!! need i say more! then also check that you actually can speak on behalf of chinese, as they don’t tolerate anyone, especially your lot.
    Lastly what really is pakistan going to prove in the middle east? they can not prove anything in their own turf!!!!
    If arabs really loved you lot then how come they have not poured all their petro dollars for last two decades in building and investing in your country and rather focused on europe and america???
    Stop living in illusion, try and go out there and see how highly they regard pakistani migrant workers!!! In fact it starts in your own back yard , when you apply for visas forget getting there!
    Forget winning their hearts try licking their shoes, as your govt has learned to do so often in past and present for few dollars and few tankers of cheap oil !!!!!Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:02PM

    @Nomi:
    If they are your brothers than how come you don’t even have same language ?
    Perhaps you had different mothers!!!! Or a real mix up with DNA!!!!!
    I never realised that arabic was pakistan’s national language, at least till now!!!!Recommend

  • ba ha
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:59PM

    I disagree with you sir, the real enemy is sitting in your home. Its the woman who refuses to teach ethics and morality to her our children and instead hires a Kari to do that in a foreign language. Get my drift. So dont blame the fat jews in disguise blame yourself. And call be Kari Sahib!! @Saad: Recommend

  • amjad
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:40PM

    The ME regimes need to change the ways they treat their citizens. Either, they change or they will be changed, if not sooner than later. How can any one can save them from their own people? Prince Bandar has lived for long time in USA, he should no what freedom is!Recommend

  • rehman
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:09PM

    i support all of you indians!!!we actually have nothing in common with the arabs!!!its just that we need their oil, and we milk them well so we kinda have to give them some sort of security over iran!!!thats alll!!otherwise subcontinent rocks!!!!Recommend

  • s. amir
    Mar 29, 2011 - 12:24AM

    Even if they paid off our debts as gratitude, the baboo-Faujj will do the same thing again. God drowned the Pharaoh and led Moses out of Debt but the Baboos are too numerous even for the Red Sea. ( no pun there) and no holy book mentions them eitherRecommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:08AM

    @Aninda C.

    You definately have some good points, but don’t expect Deaf, Dumb and Blind to understand you views. Arabs have never been a friend to anybody except to themselfs. The only reason they are talking about friendship is because they know (Saudis) they are next on the chopping block.Recommend

  • Umar
    Mar 29, 2011 - 3:41AM

    @Saad:

    WOW. Dude you are all over the place with your comment. Although I agree with you on not sending troops to help the Saudis. You mentioned Sharif sending troops. First of all he asked Zardari secondly just like in the past it is the Army that decides, our Head of State and Head of Government (president and prime minister) have no say in it.
    Arabs are not ones helping the insurgents in Baluchistan. There are other forces involved and rest is fueled by our own injustice towards them.
    Not sure why you are such a fan of the Ethiopians. Eretria separated after a referendum (Pakistan in 1947). People voted for independence. I hope one day oppressed Somalis in Ogden region vote for independence from Ethiopia too. Ethiopia invaded Somalia with US air support not too long ago that broke down a relatively stable government there and as a result brought forces like Al Shabab there. Ironically they are trying to install same guy as Somali president who they ousted initially realizing he was much better than AL Shabab who rule Somalia now.Recommend

  • bs
    Mar 29, 2011 - 4:48AM

    This is nothing new. The Pakistani army has always been ready as a mercenary army for hire even if it means killing fellow Muslims. In 1970’s Zia himself led a Pakistani force to butcher helpless Palestinians. This is the same Pakistani establishment that says it is supporting the Kashmiri aspirations while committing genocide against the Baloch and Bangladeshis! What liars and hypocrites!!Recommend

  • KN
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:39AM

    @Raj:
    Please get your facts straight. Wahabis are not sunnis and do not follow any of 4 sunni fiqs.Recommend

  • Ron(indian)
    Mar 29, 2011 - 8:24AM

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, OMG his first name is bandar. No offence please . but I am surprise.. Does anyone know arabic kindly let me know what does it mean? Please let me know the meaning of bandar in arabic.. thanks Recommend

  • Z Khan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 9:56AM

    I dont understand the commotion here. These are just two countries on the lookout for their own interests. We need cash and they need support. How hard it is to undedrstand the logic. Since when has ethics been a part of international geopolitical alliances or partnerships! As long as the alliance serves our interests, we should be in it, and well let’s all agree here, with IMF repayments starting next yaer, and predictions that our foreign reserves may dwindle down to $8 bn in case we don’t seek a new loan to make the repayments, we need some serious easy cash as well as oil!Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Z Khan: You are right. Because of this only, Pakistani army is called a mercinary. If those friends of yours hire Pakistanis, train them and build up their army, that is another story, If they buy the Pakistani army for oil/dollars, who will handle N Waziristan. In both cases, you are getting sucked into the politics of tyrannies and you will incur the wrath of the population of the friendly countries, like you have incurred the wrath of Afgans.Recommend

  • AngryPaki
    Mar 29, 2011 - 11:51AM

    @Ali, before you comment about tight dhoti, plz click on his name & look at blog. He’s more patriotic than you are. Try to respect others thoughts, otherwise there you will become a militant paki. ThanxRecommend

  • Jamkarani
    Mar 29, 2011 - 11:52AM

    May Allah’s infinite curse be upon the servants of tyranny!Recommend

  • Random
    Mar 29, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Think Bandar is a pretty apt name. Most Saudi’s are monkeys.Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2011 - 12:07PM

    @Umar:
    woopooo … Dude, when i mentioned Sharif, i talked about his term as the prime minister in early 90s and the decison to send troops then, not now. Just correct your facts. About the Ethipian and Eritrian issue, just go and have a look at the facts again, folks like you in the establishment of Pakistan has brought her to her knees. why did we supported the Eritirians in their fight with Ethiopians, i’m not oppsing their fight for freedom but why do we have to be so nosy pooking our nose in other affairs while we can’t even put our own house at order.
    .
    Go and liberate your oppressed Somalis in Ogedan so you can have another Al-Shabab, whom you love anyways. the typical ISI phenomenan.
    .
    have you ever tried to land at Adis? just try and see the lovely response – Eithipoiena are not to be blamed, you just love messing up other countires, don’t you?Recommend

  • Abdulla
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:51PM

    The Next Great Game will / are starting in Middle East, the purpose of arabs comming to pak for a single reason, the uprise in behrain between Shia majority Vs Sunni royals, so Arabs are supporting Sunni royals and Shia Majorities are looking for external help… so, Iran, the other nation country which wants to see himself has strong men of middle East which cannot be easily digested by Arab kingdom, so case helping Behrain to crub the Shia definatly leads Iran in front stage fighting with Arabs…. so Arabs cannot face multi-fold war cause their brother countries has lost power with the popular uprise and now no other so-called brother countries care about Soudis.., so to counter the Iran obviously Arabs need Pak’s help to counter Iran using the threat of Sunni Nuclear Bomb…, so Pak know what is Iran in time so they are not very happy with Iran so….. Pak support to Arab is the other choice and the minority shias in Pak cannot take mighty of Pak army so… the next Great Game is On…

    this is an another US game through Arabs to make pak commit….
    Pakis, dont be emotional fools try to understand the larger part of the game…, there are still more but this form is not enough to put the US policies toward Middle East…Recommend

  • chandran
    Mar 29, 2011 - 3:16PM

    Yes why not ? Keep sending forces to suppress common Saudis and in return be gifted with Wahabism U R 101% CORRECT. Because pakisthanis they are not arab people and they should realise that.I give death to those try to inroduce waquabisam in pakRecommend

  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Mar 30, 2011 - 10:18AM

    What an interesting news that sauidis are asking our ruler for help whose are facing such situation where they are looking a safe place in world for themselves.Recommend

  • Zawar
    Apr 2, 2011 - 4:06PM

    LOOK GUYS…

    just forget past now,, what important is to have stability in every muslim country,,, & from the present face i can see Pakistan can play its role now,, & every one have to accept it openly that Arab countries need man power now,, Pakistan should play full role now,,

    like one of my friend said above,,, history repeats once again Arab need Pakistan,,,
    i agree wd him,,,,
    ,,pray all get stable,, we are brothers,, Recommend

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