Amid a Diplomatic Spat with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Rethinks Its Foreign Policy

A motorcycle rides past portraits of Pakistani and Saudi leaders on display in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 15, 2019 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash). Saudi-Pakistan relations, historically close, have recently hit a snag.
A motorcycle rides past portraits of Pakistani and Saudi leaders on display in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 15, 2019 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash). Saudi-Pakistan relations, historically close, have recently hit a snag.

The historically close relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia hit a snag recently over differences in how to address India’s decision last year to revoke the special autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state that is also claimed by Pakistan. Pakistani officials had repeatedly urged Saudi Arabia to convene a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, to discuss Kashmir, to no avail. Finally, in early August, Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, took the unprecedented step of publicly criticizing Riyadh. Appearing on a TV talk show, he threatened to “call a meeting of the Islamic countries […]

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