Pakistan minister criticises Saudi Arabia

A Pakistani minister on Tuesday blamed Saudi Arabia of creating unrest in Pakistan and other Muslim countries by distributing money to promote its ideology, remarks that could land him in trouble considering the close ties between the two nations.

PTI| Updated: Jan 20, 2015, 21:41 PM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani minister on Tuesday blamed Saudi Arabia of creating unrest in Pakistan and other Muslim countries by distributing money to promote its ideology, remarks that could land him in trouble considering the close ties between the two nations.

"The time has come to stop the influx of Saudi money into Pakistan," Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada said addressing a seminar organised by Jinnah Institute think-tank here.

He alleged that Saudi Arabia was funding several organisations to promote its Wahabbi ideology, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century.

The angry minister also criticised his own government for setting up military courts in the presence of an independent and vibrant judiciary.

He said that creation of military court shows that the leadership was "weak and coward".

"Such cowardly leadership has no right to stay in power," Pirzada said.

The remarks of Pirzada may land him in trouble as Saudi Arabia is considered very close to Pakistan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has personal ties with Saudi royal family.

The two-day conference would deliberate on the new ideas needed for a progressive and better Pakistan.