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Aunty Acacia in her dry Ottoman/Canadian Humour as usual...
I take it, it was the investment potential that was being escorted and welcomed here... Basically an armoured vehicle for money.
Millions flow into Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadeeth Institutions of Pakistan from Saudi Arabia. It did with the approval and custodianship of CIA during Afghan Jihad and it has since been happening unofficially.
Hundreds of Pushtuns work as Muadhinns/Imams in Saudi Mosques as witnessed by myself.
Saudi Ministry of religion employs dozens of Pakistani (mostly Ahl-e-Hadeeth but also Deobandi) Ulama.
Saudi Institutions provide scholarships to Pakistani Ulama.
In Pakistan it is a substantial sum of money which flows from Saudi to Pakistan (usually through private donors).
Pakistani Ulama (including Mufti Taqi Usmani) and others court Saudees all the time.
I have no knowledge about the financial benefits which Mufti Zarwali Khan (HA) receives and neither am I implying.
Similar things happen to Indian Deobandees but on a lesser scale.
There is a reason why the Fatwaas of Deobandi Ulama on Moonsighting, Halal meat etc are STUPID because they base it on Ulama who live and work in Saudia. Take a look at most Fatawa and it usually quotes Hazart XYZ who happens to live in Saudia.
In Saudia if you say “Boo” about the Government you will get deports, all your talks, writings etc are censored so it is STUPID to rely on those living in Saudi about their opinions because they CANNOT tell you the truth.
In Pakistani economy to get deported from Saudia will bring huge financial hardship.
I know because a Pushtun Alim (employed by the ministry) told me this personally and for the rest it is an unwritten reality.
Pakistani (and Indian) Deobandees are hard-wired to have a certain opinion of Saudi Arabia because of their Ulama. Their Ulama base it on “Deobandees” who live in Saudia so the source of information is suspect.
Pakistani (and Indian) Deobandees do not know any better, unless and until they investigate issues independently which as a “Hazrat Worshipper” is tantamount to heresy…Whatever Hazrat says we do.
We deal with an elite group of Pakistani (and Indian) Deobandees on forums who actually research issues, most of them on the streets do not know any better.
Forget this...Pakistani Ulama are DEAD SILENT on China, not a peep from them at all! They can write 50 essays on 9/11 and Donald Trump, not a "boo" about China :P
P.S: What am I saying is that there is every possibility that Mufti Zarwali Khan Saheb (HA) has asked questions and received the information which he is stating. He knows diddly squat about world affairs and politics and is old so does not keep in touch with current affairs. This is most likely not his fault.
I have lived, worked and studied in Saudi Arabia.
It is not even the fault of Pakistanees, Saudia has a HUGE PR Machine in the West.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.