17DEC2019: Imran Khan & Malaysia
- Imran Khan visits Saudi Arabia for the 4th time in a year and meets MBS
- Imran Khan does a U-Turn that he will not be attending the Malaysia conference which he proposed along with Erdogan
- Pakistan then announces that even Pakistan's Foreign Minister will not be attending
“Riyadh is very worried about losing Pakistan to Turkey and Malaysia in terms of religious authority,” a Saudi official based in Islamabad told TRT World.
“Islam is the main peg on which Saudi holds Pakistan, and it cannot have any other country challenge its near-monopoly on Pakistan’s religious affairs.”
Saudi officials are also worried that an economic partnership between Turkey, Qatar and Iran could one day replace its aid.
Pakistani officials say they are trying to find a way out of this diplomatic challenge while keeping in view the country's delicate financial position.
These Pakistani officials are of the opinion that Turkey is what “Imran Khan wants to turn Pakistan into, however, is constrained by decades of the financial and religious hold of Saudis over Pakistan.”