ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia once again declined Pakistan’s request the other day for an urgent meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers on Kashmir at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
In December, Pakistan had said it had prevailed upon Saudi Arabia to hold a special session on Kashmir at the OIC but the OIC did not make any official announcement nor issue a confirmation of the meeting.
Pakistani daily newspaper Dawn reported the other day that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plea for a discussion on Kashmir had been rejected by Saudi Arabia.
Recently, Imran Khan was told by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad Bin Salman to cancel his trip to Malaysia, where he allegedly intended to slam India over Kashmir at the Islamic Summit hosted by the Mahathir Mohamad government in Malaysia.
Riyadh took serious offence to the summit where it was not invited and perceived it as a challenge to its leadership in the Muslim world allegedly by Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan. The Saudi kingdom reportedly threatened to withdraw aid to Pakistan.