Never said that the arabs aren't good economic partners.you guy are great companions when it comes to economic partnership.but try to understand Pakistani reluctance to join any Muslim nato.with recent events like qatar Yemen ,Turkey attempted coup Jerusalem and irani aggression towards Israel we just want to avoid any more wars as we already are fighting on 2 fronts and can't handle more than that.hence the suggestion to keep out of any military alliance but welcome every economic one.
I beg your pardon my dear brother. Pakistan relations with the Arabs specially Saudi Arabia is very deep rooted since Pakistan established itself as a country. Saudi Arabia-Pakistan relation is unlike any other country in the region whether Iran or Turkey for that matter. We both have fought tooth and nail side by side and we share strong cultural, economical and political relation. We share same values and principles. Pakistan should not give a second look to Iran or Turkey. Both countries have really little to do with Pakistan no offence intended.
This alliance can a be a good start to help Pakistan fight terror inside Pakistan and bring it to an end once and for all. Saudi Arabia can help fund the war and provide logistic support. Our relation with the west is excellent and we can always lobby for Pakistan. While Iran has very poor political and economic structures and no country would ever wants to deal with Iran at all. Take a look around and see how many country really enjoy a stable relation with Iran? The whole Arab and Islamic world see Iran as stumbling block in the region not to mention the religious aspect as well. You should understand that Pakistan national security cannot survive without Saudi Arabia nor Saudi Arabia national security can survive without Pakistan. This is true brotherhood not a one night stand kind of relationship. Tell me when was the last time Iran or Turkey extend hands to Pakistan to tackle hydro issues, energy issues, infrastructures development, military aids or share of tech? Tell me when was the last time Iran and Turkey provided any single support even verbal support to Pakistan aside from usual nonsense? Saudi Arabia and Pakistan relations are not based on pure business.
Turkey attempted coup has been dealt with its over, Qatar issue is very small as described by Saudi Arabia foreign minister. Iran aggression towards Israel is for public consumption mostly inside Iran and to fool uneducated muslims in the region and beyond. Remember Iran Israel arm deal during Iran Iraq war? Iran big talks only shouting at Israel while killing innocent in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. A country that is designated as a state sponsor of terror should not be having any relation with Pakistan. A country that provides missiles to terrorist to attack Makkah should be bombed by muslims let alone have any kind of relation with it. Is Jerusalem more precious than Makkah? No. Then why didn't we see any reaction from Iran and Turkey. Doesn't Makkah concern them? Iran is a sectarian country who insult the prophet companions and wives on every stage. A country that insult your religious figures should not have any respect. Iran and Turkey leaders are playing Salah Ad din and Ottoman.
The bottom line is this; Pakistan should play its role as a powerful Islamic country to the best of its capability. Pakistan should not remain natural when it comes to issues concerning the Islamic world. We have been taught to side with the truth always even if its against ourselves. We have to act according to our islamic teachings and principles. Whenever Iran feels its image has gone down the drain in Pakistan quickly brings the issue of Kashmir to win the hearts and the minds of the people again. Turkey has always been doing the same while it fully recognizes Israel as a state and share a great economic and political relations. Turkey post flotilla raid signed a deal with Israel recognizing Jerusalem as part of Israel and if you go few pages and you will know what Im talking bout.
Erdogan recently said in a very offensive statement during a ceremony in Istanbul “If we lose Jerusalem then we won’t be able to protect Medina. If we lose Medina – we will lose Mecca and Kaaba,”
As if Makkah and Madianh are left unprotected or are not govern by its people who fought for it throughout history. That was indeed disrespectful to feeling of the Hijazi people.
Iran has always been acting in a way that hurts Pakistan from supporting terrorists inside Pakistan, killing diplomats, covering up for spies and what not. A country that attacked Makkah in 1986 should not paint itself as Islamic. A country that was the reason behind the killing of many Pakistanis inside and outside of Pakistan should not be considered at all. How soon you forgot your fellow Pakistanis attacked in Bahrain. How soon you forgot Iran role in sending your fellow Pakistanis to die in Syria and Iraq. How soon you forgot Iran position on Gwadar port. How soon you forgot Iran behaviour in regard to the gas pipe lines that is talking for ever because Iran is playing stick and carrot. How soon and how soon!
We should not be emotional when it comes to securing our interests and addressing our issues. We have to stand firm against what is wrong and act accordingly and, if a country x or y doesn't like they can get lost for all we care.
I am here stating facts not over inflating sense of self worth. You can not escape from all of those issues rather face them, address them and try to get rid of the headache. There is an egyptian proverb that reads " make the headache feels headache before it causes you a headache" I hope I translated that correctly mind my limited ability in this.