Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan’s mediation ‘prevented Saudi-Iran escalation’
Tensions have been surging between Tehran and Riyadh over myriad issues.
Pakistan has played a vital role in defusing tensions between arch-foes Iran and Saudi Arabia. In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country prevented a military escalation from occurring in the volatile region.
In the interview, Khan said that a military confrontation amongst the two regional powers constituted the worst possible scenario for the Middle East, adding that, despite the slow pace of results, Islamabad’s mediation efforts continued.
“Our mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran has not stopped, and we are making progress but slowly,” Khan told Al Jazeera.
“We have done our best to avoid a military confrontation amongst Iran and Saudi Arabia, and our efforts have succeeded.”
Tensions have been surging between Tehran and Riyadh over myriad issues, including the war in Yemen, where the kingdom is battling the Houthi rebel movement.
Separately, Khan discussed his country’s long-standing dispute with neighboring India and accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of undermining the South Asian giant’s legacy of secularism.
“India fell under the control of an extremist ideology [propounded by] the “RSS,” Khan said, referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh organization, to which Modi belongs and which critics accuse of inciting anti-Muslim hatred.
“What India’s Muslims are facing resembles what happened during the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany,”
The organization, whose origin dates back to the early 20th century and whose thinking is widely believed to underpin the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideology, has long maintained that Hinduism is the basis of Indian nationalism.
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