Imran Khan addressing a solidarity rally in PoK's Muzaffarabad, yet again admitted that his country is alone in the fight against India over the Kashmir issue. During his address, the Prime Minister of Pakistan admitted, for the second time that no Muslim country are backing the country's stand against India for economic purposes.
He said, "Muslim countries have not spoken on Kashmir. They need India for their business."
A similar statement was made by Imran Khan on August 26, when the Pakistani premier said, "I read in the newspapers that people are disappointed that Muslim countries are not siding with Kashmir. I want to tell you not to be disappointed; if some countries are not raising this issue because of their economic interests, they will eventually take this issue up. They will have to, with time." The statement came a day after PM Modi was conferred with two awards by UAE and Bahrain on his 3-nation tour.
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir visited Islamabad and met with Imran Khan last week, however, refrained from making any comments over India's communication lockdown in Kashmir. The visit by the two ministers came after Prime Minister Khan telephoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Crown Prince of the UAE Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed and discussed the Kashmir issue with them.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Saudi Arabia later this month, his third trip to the Kingdom, a media report said on September 12, amidst the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir. During his visit, the prime minister is expected to meet important Saudi leaders, the report said. Meanwhile, Middle Eastern countries including Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman have not issued any statements over Kashmir.
Except for China, no other world power has sided with Pakistan's foul cry over Kashmir and stated that it is India's internal issue. However, Donald Trump on multiple occasions has gone back and forth over mediation, with finally admitting that PM Modi has it under control.
PM Modi was awarded 'The King Hamad Order' of the Renaissance by the King of Bahrain and the 'Order of Zayed,' the UAE's highest civilian award by the Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi a day earlier.
In 2016, the House of Saud honoured Prime Minister Modi with Saudi Arabia's highest civilian award. In the recent years, with $100 billion in trade annually, India is a prominent economic country with the Gulf countries.