Saudi Arabia has been angered by Pakistan recently on three counts. One, it was incensed after Pakistan’s refusal to join the Saudi-led war in Yemen against the Iranian proxy Houthi militia. Two, Forget taps being shut, Pakistan’s terror factories have just got injection of fresh fuels. Arm-twisted by Saudi Arabia into submission, Pakistan has declared its support for the Saudis in their current feud against Iran. A section of the Pakistani establishment was keen on maintaining a whiff of neutrality between Saudi Arabia and Iran but the powerful military wing would have none of it. last month it included Pakistan as a member of the Saudi-led Muslim coalition of 34 countries announced ostensibly to fight global terrorism without even informing Pakistan about it. saudi Arabia, for the uninitiated, helps Pakistan produce jihadis from terror factories in two ways. One, it bankrolls jihadi organisations The Saudis felt let down again when Pakistan failed to commit. Three, earlier this month, when the Saudis saw Pakistan hedging bets in its feud against Iran over execution of Shiite cleric Nimr Al Nimr, Riyadh felt it was time to bring Pakistan in line. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir air dashed to Islamabad and got Pakistan on board after talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif. Pakistan came out in the support of the Saudis. Pakistan also cleared the air that it was on board the Saudi’s Muslim coalition initiative, which Iran sees as nothing but an anti-Shia front. Pakistan has deployed troops in Saudi Arabia whenever the House of Sauds has felt insecure Pakistan has used the jihadis During the first Gulf War in 1991 Pakistani troops were deployed in Saudi Arabia to deter Saddam Hussain & Iran Pakistan has used the jihadis both its western border with Afghanistan and on the eastern front against India for decades. But the jihadis have morphed into monsters devouring Pakistan internally too. To dismount the tiger it has been riding, Pakistan needs to curb the toxic ideology being taught at its radical religious schools and shut down its terror factories that produce jihadis who Pakistan uses to deal a thousand cuts to India, the latest being the Pathankot attack.

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