By Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are knotted in everlasting relationship as spectrum of Pak-Saudi Arabia relations is neither of political nor diplomatic but based on the ideology of faith and belief. This foundation of brotherly relations between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was laid first when Shah Sahood (Son of Founder of Saudi Arabia Shah Abdul Aziz) arrived first in Karachi with his elder brothers. With the passage of time, this brotherly relationship of affection and respect turned so powerful and gigantic that any political reshuffling and regime-change can’t undermine this understanding and brotherly friendship. It is on proven record that on the occurrence of Pak-India war, Shah Faisal Shaheed has categorically announced that, “We will live on dates and water but will not compromise on security and stability of Pakistan”. History witness to this fact that whenever; Pakistan had to face any disaster alike severe earthquakes, floods or any other natural calamity, it is Saudi Arabia, which comes to rescue Pakistan like an elder brother and stay united with people of Pakistan in every thick and thin.
With grace of Allah Almighty, today Pakistan is a nuclear power, and the jubilations which were made in Saudi Arabia on that instance when Pakistan became first Islamic atomic power were exemplary in all over Muslim world. Back in 1999, when Pakistan tested its nuclear capacity, the entire world including US and UK moved to put sanctions against Pakistan, even at that time, it was solely Saudi Arabia, which came forward and supported Pakistan with abundance of oil and provided assistance in every field keeping aside all the threats of world community to isolate Pakistan.
That’s the very reason that in the past regime of Nawaz Sharif, when Pakistan was facing enormous economic turmoil, Saudi Arabia came first to assist Pakistan and donated $1.5 billion unconditionally in Pakistan Development Fund (PDF) to shore up its foreign exchange reserves and meet debt-service obligations. To take present government of Pakistan out of the clinches of IMF, both Saudi Arabia and UAE has taken scores of practical initiatives. Saudi Arabia had offered Pakistan $3 billion in foreign currency support for a year and a further loan worth up to $3 billion in deferred payments for oil imports to help stave off a current account crisis.
It is also on the record that during the last regime in Pakistan, conspiracies were hatched to make differences between relations of Pakistan with Saudi Arabia specifically on the issue of Yemen war. On that eve, Khadim-e-Harmain Al-Sharifain Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz made it realized on other Arab countries that Pakistan is our Muslim brother country, even whatsoever, if Pakistan had made any wrong, we can’t amputate Pakistan from us.
At present the Saudi Crown Prince Amir Muhammad bin Salman is emerging and making repute as youth’s leader of Islamic world particularly of Arab world. He rejected the allegations of west against Islam and Saudi Arabia regarding extremism and terrorism with practical initiatives and made it realized on the world that extremism and terrorism has nothing to do with teachings of Islam.
It is also beyond doubt that for the restoration of friendly and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Arab world, endeavors on part of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa are very vital and effective. To resolve the prevailing confronting challenges of Muslim Ummah Saudi Crown Prince Amir Muhammad bin Salman is committed and resilient. By inviting US President Donald Trump in Al-Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) in presence of leadership of Muslim world, it was conveyed categorically to world community that Islamic world has nothing to do with extremism and terrorism. Similarly, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has been endeavoring personally very effective role for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and Iraq.
Palestinian President Mehmood Abbas once talking to this scribe had disclosed that Khadim-e-Harmain Al-Sharifain Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman have personally assured him that Saudi Arabia will accept the same stance for Palestine which will be acknowledged by people of Palestine. It is also an open secret that in the entire Muslim world; there are only Pakistan and Saudi Arabia who have no diplomatic and trade links with Israel.
In a short span of time, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman established Islamic Military Alliance in heading of General ® Raheel Sharif, which is proud moment for Pakistan and people of Pakistan. This military alliance of Muslim world has been constituted to keep check on the menace of extremism and terrorism and to strengthen Muslim Ummah with defense and security perspectives. This Islamic Military Alliance has been moving ahead in initial phases but leadership of world community is taking this alliance as ‘Muslims’ Nato’.
Similarly, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has also made it realized on world community that Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with sectarianism and sectarian violence. Saudi Arabia is center of Muslim unity and millions of Muslim from all over the world gathered in Harmain Al-Sharifain without any distinction to say prayers. In Mecca and Medina, millions of Muslims gathered on the eve of Hajj and Umrah, where no one asks them about their creed and sects.
Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in the leadership of Khadim-e-Harmain Al-Sharifain is moving ahead with a renewed thinking, vision and ideology through the perspective of ‘Saudi Arabia in 2030’. The thinking and vision that leadership of Saudi Arabia has fixed for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the vision of ‘Saudi Arabia 2030’ is also aiming at transforming this vision and thinking for Pakistan and people of Pakistan.
People of Pakistan were wishing to offer a warm welcome to royal guest had Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman come by road from the airport to Prime Minister House, but due to security it couldn’t be possible.
However, people of Pakistan expressed widespread jubilation on arrival of Muhammad bin Salman in Pakistan. Now doubt by saying Prime Minister Imran khan that consider me as Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and with the announcement of release of more than 2,000 Pakistani prisoners from Saudi jails, Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman won the hearts and minds of entire Pakistani nation.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy fraternal relations rooted in shared religion, history, culture and after the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to Pakistan would herald a new era of prosperity and economic stability in the country.
Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi is chairman Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) he can be reached at, email@example.com