Staying neutral in Middle East conflict

Published: November 14, 2017

KARACHI: The purge in Saudi Arabia conducted reportedly by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week may have been seen by many as a positive change that might lead to progress in the kingdom. However, for its allies, including Pakistan, such an unexpected change should send warning signals.

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The kingdom has practised a set ‘decorum’ for decades and the slightest change in it may lead to grave consequences. The Iran-Saudi tensions can perhaps be escalated with a potential war in Lebanon, disrupting the Middle East, and forcing Pakistan to choose sides. However, Pakistan should stay away from all this as this time the stakes are much higher for the country.

Arsalan Naqvi 

Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2017.

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