Saudi diplomat shot dead in Pakistan

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  1. ejazr

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    Gunmen kill Saudi diplomat in Karachi - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    A Saudi Arabian diplomat has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

    Police say four gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire at a car belonging to the Saudi Arabian consulate from two sides.

    "We condemn this attack. No-one who carries out this kind of attack can be a Muslim," said Saudi ambassador Abdul Aziz al-Ghadeer.

    He did not give details on the rank of the diplomat who was killed.

    "The Saudi national killed was himself driving the car and was probably going to the consulate from his house," a police spokesman said.

    An official from the media section of the Saudi embassy identified the man as a Saudi diplomat, while another official from the embassy earlier identified him as a security official working for the consulate in Karachi.

    Pakistani police in Karachi said the man had been driving in a vehicle with diplomatic plates when two motorcycle riders opened fire at a crossroads in an upmarket neighbourhood.

    "The consulate employee died of multiple bullet wounds on the spot," said Fayaaz Leghari, the police chief of southern province Sindh, of which Karachi is the capital.

    "The attackers fled on the motorbike."

    Pakistani provincial home ministry official Sharfuddin Memon identified the dead man as a junior officer at the consulate.

    "We are investigating if it was linked to the Abbottabad operation or was an isolated incident," he said in reference to Osama bin Laden's death on May 2.

    The diplomat's death comes after drive-by assailants threw two grenades at the Saudi consulate in Karachi last Wednesday.

    Al Qaeda is violently opposed to the Saudi government and has vowed revenge for the death of bin Laden, who was born in Saudi Arabia.

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    Two possible motives here:
    (1) Iran has started its proxy war and is targeting Saudi interests. Less likely because they prefer to use money to buy out local media and pressure groups to put their viewpoint across like they do in India as well
    (2) OBL assasination's aftermath has resulted in AQ and its affiliated groups to seek revenge against Saudi interests. This is more likely as the Saudis have basically been waging an all out war against AQ since 2003. Also there are reports that they didn't want OBL's body or his wives to be brought into Saudi Arabia.

    What could be the implications for India?
    Reiterates the fact to Saudi Arabia that India is better positioned to be a security guarantor in the GCC. So instead of looking at Pakistan and by extension China, it should focus on better ties with India to "manage" Pakistan. There have been many indicators in this regard, but the tricky part is how does India manage to promote democracy as it is doing in Egypt and still have good relations with a "kingdom".
     
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  3. Virendra

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    I haven't seen a week pass by quietly in Pakistan, for quite some time now.
    But this is different and it doesn't help, the diplomat was Saudi. It shows that terrorism has become a full fledged industry in Pakistan. The professionals of this industry do not discriminate on religion or affinity (perhaps they never did and it just showed up more clearly now).
    I wonder what the establishment could do now. Best I could hope for them is that - they realize atleast now that this menace is no longer in their control and they have to deal with it decisively or else the whole of Pakistan will continue sliding into the blood bath.

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    Second motive is more of a possibility.

    I hope after US, saudi also give a stop to any aid or free oil to pakistan.
     
  5. A.V.

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    Iran taking on the saudis can be a real possibility , this is high time for iran to get some out of the mistrust between the regional partners there.

    @ganesh i think since last year the saudis have reduced their aid to pakistan significantly
     
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    Duh!! Best blame it on RAW trying to put a wedge between Saudi pak relations. Will see that come out from there for sure.
     
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    what is happening in Pakistan???,

    its has US operating drones from its own soil and unlawfully killing pakistani citizens, US doing all sorts of unilateral action in Pakistan, killing who ever they think worth killing, with their stealth helicopters, UAVs. Stealth fighter and cruise missile are other openly mention to be on standby which is openly discuss by US against pakistan.

    Chines troops in pakistani control areas doing God knows what.

    UAE operating from Pakistani airbase (under the disguise of hunting vacation airstrip).

    Taliban running lose all over Pakistan with bomb attacks almost every day.

    and last but not least, PA, ISI, PAF and PN has no idea as to what is happening in Pakistan and only one thing whole of pakistan is proud of is their growing nukes.

    It is high time some one in Pakistan should do something.

    now this attack on diplomats, it is already become one of the most dangerous place in world, it is just one step behind Afganistan.
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    There are two possibilities:

    1. Talibunnies/AQ (Basically PA/ISI) trying to revenge killing of OBL. Hitting one of the men of closest allies of USA sends out a message.

    2. Iran taking revenge for sending forces in Bahrain.
     
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    If its Iran & can kill Saudi Diplomat in Pak then I guess India can do the same with Dawood. Looks like its free for all.
     
  10. JBH22

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    Not wise to ignore the soon to come theories of our great erudite friend Zaid Hamid

    1) kuffar Indians
    2) Dirty Jews
    3) American Master
     
  11. ejazr

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    Saudi-Pakistani relations have been chilled for quite a while now. Wikileaks just brought that out in the open. Espicially when it came to intelligence related matters where you had the GID(Saudi intelligence agency) head telling an American diplomat that then think 10 times before sharing any info with the ISI.
    Basically showing that they feared any info might get leaked back to the militants. If we speculate that ISI or some elements in the ISI were harbouring OBL. This implies that despite knowing the fact that he was an avowed enemy of the Saudi state and one of the reasons why the Saudis broke of diplomatic relations with the Taliban in '99 on their refusal to handover OBL; the ISI didn't mind this. One can understand Saudi hesitation with sharing sensitive info with the ISI.

    But ofcourse it would be wrong to assume that not good relations with the Pakistani govt. or the PA/ISI means it will ally with the US or India to gang up on Pakistan or would harbour ill will against the people of Pakistan.
     

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