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This weekend, officials said, the army chief will visit Saudi Arabia seeking to calm political tensions over Kashmir as financial funding for Islamabad is hanging in the balance.
The two countries are traditionally close and in 2018 Saudi Arabia offered Pakistan a $3 billion loan and a $3.2 billion oil credit facility to deal with its payment balance crisis.
But Riyadh is angered by allegations from Pakistan that Saudi Arabia has been lukewarm on the territorial dispute over Kashmir, two senior military officials told Reuters, prompting the planned visit of Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday.
“Yes, he is travelling,” Pakistan army spokesman Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar told Reuters, though the official line was that the visit was pre-planned and “primarily military affairs oriented”.
Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia made Pakistan pay back $1bn, forcing it to borrow from close ally China, and Riyadh has yet to respond to Pakistan ‘s request to extend the oil credit facility.