No Support For Pakistan In Gulf Area
The Gulf countries are fully in support of India over Kashmir. In the past, some Gulf countries have even deported many Pakistanis, ostensibly for visa fraud and similar offences, but also for alleged terror links.
India has strong ties with the UAE and Saudi Arabia and also, other countries in the area like Oman. India’s relations with Oman are very good. The navies of the two countries have just finished a three-day discussion on having more exercises, sharing experiences on weapons and equipment and working together on training schedules. Very clearly, even in the Gulf, there is little support for Pakistan.
Here’s more evidence that the support Pakistan had in the Gulf is also vanishing, and quickly.. Now, Kuwait has taken strong action against All Pakistan Overseas Organisation International (APOOI) after it planned a protest march against India in Kuwait on August 24.
Very clearly, protests like the ones outside the Indian High Commission in London were not acceptable. Anticipating a ruckus, highly placed government sources said that three members of the APOOI were “picked up” a day before their August 24 protest march.
The three Pakistani organisers were Khalil, who works for the Kuwaiti ministry of electricity and water, Shehzad Qureshi, associated with a private firm, and Mushtaq Qureshi, who works as an event manager.
Both Shehzad Qureshi and Khalil were deported, put on a Kuwaiti Airways plane and sent to Pakistan within a week. The sources said that they were even denied counsellor access.
This decision is seen as more evidence of the Gulf countries to stand with India rather than Pakistan.