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The Arab-Islamic-American summit is one of the three Riyadh has planned for President Trump’s visit. The other two summits being held on this occasion are the Saudi-US Summit, and Gulf Cooperation Council-US Summit. The purpose of the entire exercise, apparently, is to reassert the Kingdom’s position as the main political and security force in the region. The eager Saudis have been running a countdown clock on the website for the trip, which started late on Friday night.

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh. 

During his nine-day trip President Trump will also visit Israel, the Palestinian territories, Brussels, Vatican City and Sicily. Mr Trump is accompanied on his visit by his daughter Ivanka, an unpaid White House adviser, and her husband Jared Kushner, a key member of the Trump cabinet.

PM Nawaz Sharif to embark on two-day visit to Saudi Arabia tomorrow

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is among the 54 leaders who would join US President Donald Trump for the summit being held on Sunday. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz invited Mr Sharif for the summit. The invitation was delivered by Saudi Information Minister Awwad bin Saleh al Awwad, who visited Islamabad last week.

Host: Tazeen Akhtar

Co-host: Dr Khurram Iqbal

Analysts Live on Phone:

Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar (Former Ambassador)

 

This is an important initiative by Saudi Arabia. It was on a back seat on regional issues in past many years. Saudi Arabia has decided to unite likeminded Muslim countries to resolve regional issues. President Trump is coming to reassert American position in Sunni Muslim countries block in the region. Initially, European countries used to take interest in petro-dollar countries of Middle East but now things are changing. Now, America is trying to reposition itself in Sunni majority countries.     

Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert)

 

The relations between America and Muslim countries are not a new thing. Historically, after 2nd world war, Pakistan also joined American led block of Muslim countries. America has special interests in Muslim countries. Oil and gas of this region is exported to Europe and American allies. Saudi Arabia is emerging as an important regional country. There are reservations about operating mechanism of this alliance at the moment. There is apprehension that this block is predominantly based on Sunni countries and may be used against Iran and Shia countries. America is involved actively in Middle Eastern politics once again.

Dr. Ashraf Toor (President, Pak-America Democratic Forum)

 

It is positive development and America should maintain cordial relations with Muslim countries. Pakistan has a significant role in this process. If Saudi Arabia buys weaponry from America, it will be deterrence for Israel. President Trump’s views about Islam are changing now. Overall situation is moving towards betterment.

Topic:  New Delhi will not succeed in his nefarious designs to hide subversive activities of its spy Kulbhushan Yadav- Pakistan’s stance against the Indian spy is based on truth and reality: Sartaj

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz says New Delhi will not succeed in his nefarious designs to hide subversive activities of its spy Kulbhushan Yadav. Talking to editors and senior anchors in Islamabad today, he said that Pakistan has strong position regarding merit over the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav. Yadav was convicted as per law and constitution of Pakistan and our stance against the Indian spy is based on truth and reality. Kulbhushan Yadav was using fake passport in Pakistan and was involved in numerous subversive activities to destabilize Pakistan. When there will be matter of our national interest and security then there will be no any compromise.  He said that we will try for early hearing of this case in the ICJ and will present our stance with full preparation.

Analysts Live on Phone:

Lt. Gen. Retd. Ghulam Mustafa (Defence Analyst)

We have to perform in this matter with more preparation and vigilance. ICJ is a forum of politics and lobbying instead of justice. Pakistan has a very strong case. Basically, European countries are against capital punishment. The decision given by our military court is exactly in accordance with law. Pakistan should cover all angels of this case as a precaution. In past, America did not comply with decisions of ICJ.

Barrister Akram Sheikh (Advocate Supreme Court)

ICJ has decided on cases between Pakistan and India in the history as well. The jurisdiction of ICJ can be invoked with mutual consent of the two countries. In 1990’s, India attacked our plane and killed nearly 40 people but ICJ declined our case on the pretext of lack of jurisdiction. ICJ does not have binding jurisdiction over such cases. In the matters of terrorism, none of the international courts has any jurisdiction. The confessional statement of Kalbushan Yadev is in front of everybody. Such a hasty interlocutory order by ICJ is unprecedented.


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