Will the Gulf serve as another battlefield for India and Pakistan or can the two countries cooperate in time and become the hub for GCC investment?
Can South Asia and the Gulf find investment opportunities before this relationship succumbs to animosity and mistrust?
The reality is somewhat more complex. While overshadowed by questions of a common religion and the economic links, borne out by the large Pakistani expatriate community in the Gulf, the real question is: when will relations between the Gulf states and Pakistan translate into a new geostrategic reality stretching from the Arabian Peninsula to the Indian subcontinent?
By Dr. Abdullwahhab Al Qassab
India of course will be the primary other force to be considered in all of this. It will be instructive to examine here how the India-Pakistan conflict in one arena — the subcontinent — will make itself felt in the other sphere, the Gulf, where both countries have a potentially large say in affairs.
Factors that would drive IndoPakistani competition in the Gulf are already taking shape. The first is the dependence of both of sub-continental powers on Gulf oil, regardless of whether the provider of that oil is Iran, Saudi Arabia or the UAE. The second factor will be the shared interest of both powers in maintaining the status and wellbeing of their sizable expatriate communities in the Gulf states. The remittances sent back by these communities are in fact an important source of foreign currency reserves for