By Raza Ruman
Islamabad, Feb 26 (Pak Destiny) Pakistan is seriously considering entertaining Saudi Arabia’s request to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to rebels in Syria.
After Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud’s visit to Islamabad a visible shift over the Syrian crisis from neutrality to a pro-rebel tilt is seen. The government however has denied making a policy shift over the Syrian crisis.
Saudi Arabia has been fully supporting the Syrian rebels to topple the government of Basharul Asaad. The Arabs want Pakistan support in its cause and in return it offers ‘cash package’.
Sources said the Nawaz government is seriously mulling to entertain the Saudi government request as it cannot annoy its one of the bosses. “Saudis have also thrown a bait of ‘big money’ in return”.
Earlier, foreign media reported that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are currently involved in talks in which Pakistan is going to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to the Syrian rebels who are currently trying to tip the balance in order to bring down the president, Bashar Al-Assad.
United States has always been against arming such rebels; especially with the weapons which Pakistan is willing to provide them with. US claims that these weapons will eventually end up in the hands of extremists, and no one really knows what they are capable of doing.
Pakistan has managed to make a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missile, which goes by the name of Anza. Moreover, they also are willing to provide anti-tank rockets. Riyadh wants to provide both these weapons to the rebels.
A source claimed, “The United States could allow their allies provide the rebels with anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons following the failure of Geneva talks and the renewed tension with Russia.”
On the other hand Saudi Arabia has managed to side-line intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who was leading the efforts which Riyadh managed to put in for Syria.
For now it has come to the knowledge of the media that Suadi royal himself approached Washington for its decision not to intervene military in Syria. – PAK DESTINY