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?

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Can South Asia and the Gulf find in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties be­fore this re­la­tion­ship suc­cumbs to an­i­mos­ity and mis­trust?

func­tional re­la­tions.

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

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