Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan, called on Imran Khan, prime minister-in-waiting (Twitter)

by James M. Dorsey Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter… Continue Reading  

Global Watchdog Takes Saudi Arabia to Task on Terrorism

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by James M. Dorsey A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the spot 17 years after the 9/11 attacks and casts a shadow over its diplomatic and economic boycott… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran Woo Pakistan’s Khan

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By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan $4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian… Continue Reading  

China’s Dilemma on Militancy

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by James M. Dorsey China’s recent failure to shield Pakistan from censorship by an international anti-terrorism funding and anti-money laundering body suggests that the People’s Republic is struggling to balance its contradictory interests in South Asia and may be trying… Continue Reading  

Pakistan and the Gulf: Feathered Diplomacy

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by Alia P. Ahmed Every winter the ordeal resumes. Arab royals and their entourages arrive in the deserts of Pakistan, and set themselves upon a small and unassuming migratory bird. Releasing their falcons into the sky, the sheikhs tear through… Continue Reading