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The opposition and media in Pakistan have been crucifying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for having sat through the US-Arab-Islamic Summit held in Saudi Arabia in the first week of June, without highlighting the grievances of the Pakistani people.

 

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain have moved beyond acceptable limits and Qatar will not forget this blockade soon. A feeling of near permanent hatred has been planted, writes N S Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

 

The second 21st century Panglong peace conference, which ended after six days of deliberations (May 24-29), was marked by some drama in and outside the conference hall.

 

Saudi Arabia has again resorted to being the bully of the region by cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar, merely for not streamlining their foreign policy with Saudi’s interests.

 

The unquiet American president recently tweeted that his trip to the Middle East was “already paying off”.

 

Nothing can be more sacrilegious than committing murder on holy ground. Both the Majlis and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini are sacred grounds in Iran.

 

The only thing surprising about the terrorist attack on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, which seems likely to have been carried out by the Islamic State (IS), is that it had not happened before.

 

Into the cauldron of Middle East and Gulf politics, the militant Islamic State group has once again inserted itself with potentially terrifying consequences for a region already mired in tension, conflict and war.

 

A series of bizarre events has been unfolding in the Arabian Peninsula over the past few days. On Monday, led by Saudi Arabia, a number of Gulf and Arab states cut ties with the tiny but gas-rich emirate of Qatar over what they said was Doha’s support for ‘terrorism’.

 

With Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cutting off ties with Qatar, the Arab world has plunged into further turmoil.

 


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