Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to sign contracts worth $ 20 billion during the bin Salman visit to Islamabad.
If we look at some of the developments before the visit of the Crown Prince Bin Salman to Pakistan, we find that the trip cost more to the host government than to help Pakistan, and it can be said that this trip is not cheap for Islamabad.
But what’s the point on the costly journey of the Crown Prince to Pakistan? Approximately 3 years ago, after the Pakistani parliament opposed the resolution on the cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a war on Yemen, Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, the foreign minister of the UAE, advised the decision of the parliament of Pakistan on the necessity of adopting a Islamabad’s impartiality stance and the failure to enter the Yemeni war was strongly criticized and calling the resolution vague, unpredictable and dangerous, which threatened Pakistan with a heavy cost for adopting a vague position on the Yemeni issue.
The ratification of the resolution by the Pakistani parliament has raged some Saudi Arabia Arabs allies, however, Riyadh rulers have been silent about this, and it is said that after the decision, and it is expected that the Islamabad ties with Riyadh and Abu Dhabi became cold.
And now, with the empowerment of the government of the Tehrik-e-Ansaf party, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his trip to the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as receiving a few billion dollars in aid from these countries, has improved Pakistan’s relations with the two countries again.
But the main question here is that on the eve of the visit of bin Salman to Pakistan, the two countries have announced the historical Saudi investment in Pakistan, which is even worth $ 20 billion, and the possibility that the Saudi rulers use these billions aid as the leverage of pressure on Pakistan to participate in their plans in the region.
Saudi Arabia has always proven that its financial assistance to other countries, especially Pakistan, has a political background and undoubtedly Saudi Arabia’s recent aid and future investment in Pakistan will not be without political interest.
Of course, help for living in Pakistan and the reduction of foreign pressures, including a reduction in the monopoly on IMF loans is a good step, but Pakistan must take into account the current regional and global conditions.
On the other hand, since Saudi Arabia has been the largest supporter of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, it is likely that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Bin Salman will seek to secure the safe transfer of these groups to Pakistan and spreads insecurity in the region.