Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan Army Chief, has recently visited Iran to improve the bilateral relations between the two countries. Pakistan’s this new strategy will definitely make an impact on its relationship with India and Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan’s Bilateral Relations With Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is seeing the Pakistan Army chief’s visit as a clear attempt by Islamabad to cosy up to its “decades-old” enemy. Pakistan and Iran signed an agreement to jointly develop and produce ballistic missiles. Bajwa also met with the top Iranian leadership, including calling on President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and meeting his Iranian counterpart Major General Mohammad Bagheri.
Iran has not only said that Pakistan’s security concerns are its security concerns. Moreover, Last year, President Rouhani also told then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly that Tehran is very keen to be a part of the near 60 billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
Pakistan’s Bilateral Relations With India
In November 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to the resumption of bilateral talks. Despite those efforts, relations between the countries have remained frigid. Pakistan’s recent closeness with Iran could negatively affect India’s relation with it.