The admirable relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan has been strong historically and the two countries are on extremely friendly terms. During recent times, both countries have exchanged high-level delegates and have brought together ideas on how to further expand the cooperation in education, trade, tourism, agriculture and communications. Saudi Arabia is also currently facilitating trade relation developments with the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC), which hold a free trade agreement with Pakistan.[irp]
Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Pakistan following a visit of Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia. This is the second visit of a Saudi top Official to Pakistan in just one week. Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, General Raheel Shareef has promised the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman that Pakistan army will go to any extent to defend and protect the Kingdom if (God forbids) anyone tries to invade Saudi Arabia. President of Pakistan stated a few months earlier that there are two million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia and they will be the first one to protect the Holy Land in case Saudi Arabia needs it. I have no doubt to this statement as every Muslim can shed even last drop of his blood for the protection of Haramain.
Last year, the prime minister of Pakistan’s office has responded to their request by stating that any threat to Saudi Arabia would “evoke a strong response”. The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a high-level meeting and stated in it that Pakistan valued its brotherly relationship and close ties to Saudi Arabia. Pakistan is preparing to send a delegation which would include high-level military personnel to Saudi Arabia for further discussions.
This is not the first time that the two countries have helped each other. After the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, Saudi Arabia donated upwards of $300 million. They also provided 4,000 ready built houses to Pakistan through Saudi public assistance authorities. The cost of the houses is reported to be around $17 million, along with which hundreds of thousands of quilts, blankets, mattresses, tents and food was donated to the disaster-stricken country.
Many Pakistani citizens are openly supporting Pakistan’s decision in sending their troops to Saudi Arabia if needed. They believe that each threat to Saudi Arabia should be treated like a threat to Islam by Pakistan government. There are many reasons to this love to Saudi Arabia.[irp]
- Most importantly, Makkah and Madina are in Saudi Arabia and each Muslim has a strong association with these cities.
- Secondly, Saudi Arabia has been helping from a long time in its difficulties. Whenever Pakistan needs anything, they look at Saudi Arabia for the aid and Saudi Arabia never disappoints them.
- There are more than 2 million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia and a threat to Saudi Arabia is a threat to these Pakistanis. Long Live Saudi Arabia!
Source: Al Arabiya