By special correspondent: –
On 19 January 2020 Pakistan appointed Lt-Gen (retd) Bilal Akbar as Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia to further strengthen ties between the two countries. The latest change has brought Islamabad at par with Riyadh in one term that now both countries have envoys with military background in each other’s capitals.
The Indo-Israel lobby in Pakistan specially in media over playing up the recent tensions between the two brotherly countries. The difference started on the issue of war in Yemen. Iran is reportedly backing the Houti rebels. The Iranian support of proxies continues from Iraq, Syria to Yemen in the Arab neighborhoods. However, Indo-Israel lobby in Pakistani media never mention this ‘proxy war waged by Iran on Saudi Arabia in Iraq and Yemen which caused tensions between the two states.
Following poster produced by IPRI, an Islamabad based prestigious think tank.
The Saudi ambassador in Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki was from the Royal Saudi Navy and retired as Rear Admiral. He had been appointed as the defence attaché of Saudi mission in Islamabad and later elevated as the ambassador here four years ago.
The sudden shuffling by Pakistan is being seen as significant amid reportedly weakening bilateral ties at a time when India’s relationship with the Kingdom is improving.
Amid the present scenario, key task of General Bilal Akbar, who retired as Chairman Pakistan Ordnance Factories, would be saving the ties from further deterioration.
The former three-star rank Lieutenant-General also served as Commander 10 Core Rawalpindi, Chief of General Staff (CGS) GHQ, Director General Pakistan Rangers (DG PR) Sindh, and GOC 11 Infantry Division, Lahore.