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Robust ties with #Qatar are part of #Pakistan's overall close strategic relationship with #Gulf/#GCC states. The internal Gulf crisis had little impact on #Islamabad's relations with Gulf states, and there's no juggling act, unlike the common perception. Ties are not zero-sum.
#Qatar's pledge to invest up to $22B in #Pakistan in coming years, on the heels of multibillion-dollar #KSA/#UAE/#Kuwait investments confirms #Gulf is of paramount economic/political/security importance for Pak, and #Islamabad is rightly involved in Gulf security arrangements.
With the largest #Pakistani diaspora pumping in the largest chunk of hard currency into Pak annually, & with largest investments in Pak, situation in the #Gulf/#GCC is a national security interest for #Pakistan. Threats like wars in #Yemen, #Iran crisis a concern for #Islamabad.
This is also one of the reasons that #Pakistan is not only part of, but is leading, multinational naval security arrangements in the #Gulf & Strait of #Hormuz. #Pakistani energy security is dependent on Gulf & #Hormuz.
#Qatar is a smart emerging country with a promising economy. #Saudi Crown Prince #MBS said as much during a major financial conference in #Riyadh last year. #Doha role & influence during #AfghanPeaceProcess has proven crucial for all stakeholders.

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#Qatar's ownership of one of the largest gas fields in the world is imp for #Pakistan. Qatar is a source of uninterrupted gas supply, more dependable than #Iran, which suffers from policy fluctuations.
#Qatar is also home to the largest #US military base in Mideast. #Pakistan appreciates this #Qatari channel. So Pakistan greatly values its ties with #Doha.
Some additional observations on the #Qatar-#Pakistan relationship. #Doha's differences with #KSA #UAE #Bahrain are a matter of concern for Pak because this destabilizes #Gulf & hurts Pak interests & relationships. Pakistan would like to see Qatar patch up with its neighbors.
#Pakistan can't ignore the security concerns that #Saudis #Bahrainis #UAE list regarding #Qatar. Topping the list are #Doha's policies on allegedly supporting opposition & militant groups in #Egypt & #Bahrain. Pak relationship with #Cairo under Pres @AlsisiOfficial is strong.
Also the question of #MuslimBrotherhood/Islamists role in the region. The ideal situation would be for #Qatar to address the legitimate security concerns of #KSA #Egypt #UAE #Bahrain, and vice versa. Some progress occurred. #Islamabad played part, quietly. But fingers crossed.
So, in conclusion, #Qatar Emir's visit to #Pakistan boosts the overall political, economic, security, and strategic ties between #Gulf/#GCC and #Pakistan.

#AhmedQuraishi @AQpk
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