Pakistan caught between Iran and Saudi Arabia

  title={Pakistan caught between Iran and Saudi Arabia},
  author={Zahid Shahab Ahmed and Shahram Akbarzadeh},
  journal={Contemporary South Asia},
  pages={336 - 350}
ABSTRACT Pakistan claims to maintain neutrality in the Iran–Saudi rift. Sustaining this approach, however, has been problematic against a backdrop of intensifying Iran–Saudi rivalry. Pakistan’s choices suggest a tilt towards Saudi Arabia. Based on extensive fieldwork in Islamabad, this paper focuses on the meanings and uses of neutrality in Pakistan’s foreign policy. The paper argues that Pakistan cannot be neutral due to its stronger cultural, economic and defence ties with Saudi Arabia but it… 
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