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What can Pakistan & PM Nawaz do for Saudi Arabia? – While all eyes inside Pakistan were galvanized at the Senate Elections, PM Nawaz was being received personally by Saudi King Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud at the airport a warmth not even displayed to the Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan who was received by a governor and reception committee. What Saudi Arabia wants from Pakistan?

And both Saudi Arabia and Israel are panicking, not because Iran will or can attack them but because this 4000-year-old civilization, more democratic than most Muslim countries will become a partner of the west and thus far more influential in the region.

This question assumes all the more importance when we keep in mind that before Nawaz, Saudi king had a day long summit with Erdogan, before that with Egyptian President Gen. Sissi and before that with top leadership of Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Jordan. And all this at a time when Americans and the Europeans are trying to finalize a nuclear limitation deal with Iran that will freeze Iranian program for ten years, in return letting Iran become a club member of the western community making it possible for normal diplomatic, trade and industrial technological flows towards Iran -something that is blocked or denied since 1979.

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And both Saudi Arabia and Israel are panicking, not because Iran will or can attack them but because this 4000-year-old civilization, more democratic than most Muslim countries will become a partner of the west and thus far more influential in the region. Bibi Netanyahu was in Washington lecturing his venomous anti-Iran and anti-Obama and anti-Kerry speech to a joint session of US Congress, a speech that was liked less by New York Times but more by Saudi Press..?? What is happening here..?

So what Saudi Arabia wants from our simple innocent looking Nawaz Sharif? What can Nawaz Sharif do? I think we will try to save some time from Senate Power Play to focus on this important intriguing question today…

 

Moeed Pirzada is prominent TV Anchor & commentator; he studied international relations at Columbia Univ, New York and law at London School of Economics. Twitter: MoeedNj. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy. This piece was first published in Moeed Pirzada’s official page. It has been reproduced with permission.

Moeed Hasan Pirzada is a Pakistani political commentator, geostrategic analyst, and a television news journalist. He is an anchor at Dunya News and hosts TV programs. He has interviewed many politicians around the world. Moeed Hassan Pirzada has also been a Director World Affairs and Content Head of PTV News and hosted the famous talk show Sochta Pakistan, a program that discussed national, regional, strategic, social and educational issues with politicians, analysts and policy makers. He has worked with Dunya News-TV channel as a Director World Affairs and hosted the current affairs talk show Dunya Today. He has written for Dubai-based regional paper Khaleej Times. His columns have appeared in major Pakistani papers such as Dawn, The News International, Daily Times, Friday Times and blogs. He has attended national and international conferences, seminars and policy workshops and had been a member of the Prime Minister's Education Task Force that collaborated with the British Council to produce the Next Generation Report. He has contributed policy papers to Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and also written several policy pieces for Pique Magazine. He is an Executive Director of Governance & Policy Advisors (GAPA) that provides consultancy services to the government institutions, development organizations and corporate bodies on issues related to media, governance, health policy, and regional peace.

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