On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that neither he nor Prime Minister Imran Khan would participate in the 2019 Kuala Lumpur Summit (KL Summit). The event is underway from 18-21 December involving several Muslim countries as participating nations including Iran, Qatar, Turkey and Indonesia. While Pakistan cites ‘neutrality‘ as a pretext for pulling out of the summit at the last moment, reports suggest otherwise. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister
Since its independence in 1947, the State of Pakistan has enjoyed a special status in the Muslim world for its pronounced creation in the name of Islam. Muslim residents of Arab countries including Iran, Turkey, occupied Palestine and erstwhile USSR member states were always behind Pakistanis when it came to proper democratic functioning, an efficient bureaucratic/state machine and robust armed forces. In fact, almost a decade before Pakistan came into
The standoff between two diametrically-opposed ideological regimes in Riyadh and Tehran can be defused if neutral countries like Pakistan and Oman together make concerted efforts to reduce the level of distrust and misconceptions between two important Muslim states which rank among the world’s top ten oil-producing countries. Related: Regional Geosectarianism and Role of Pakistan Historically, Pakistan has tried its best to balance its fragile relationships between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
We live in precarious times. The advent of the Internet was meant to promote the concept of a ‘global village’ but alas, here too the elements of hatred, hostility and strife spared no opportunity to spread discord and discontent rampaging across the Muslim world. With the emergence of two radically opposing sub-factions within Islam (Wahhabi and Shia schools of thought) emerged fault lines which were otherwise hidden from the public
On December 21, Mr Sartaj Aziz, the octogenarian Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, issued a detailed statement before the Senate of Pakistan on ‘Foreign Policy of Pakistan: Achievements and Challenges’. Mr Aziz highlighted the difficult challenges Pakistan has faced as a member of the world community while also mentioning what he said were the current government’s ‘achievements’ on this crucial domain. Before I embark