Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pakistan Threatens To Wipe Iran Off the Face of The Earth If Saudi Arabia Threatened

In other news...

Just kidding with the 'in other news' schtick, a bit of whistling-past-the-graveyard humor while perusing Debka's:

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Pakistan threatens to wipe Iran off the map if Saudi harmed
DEBKAfile January 10, 2016, 7:36 PM (IDT)
In Pakistan’s first transparent nuclear threat to Iran, its chief of army staff, Gen. Raheel Sharif, vowed Sunday to wipe Iran off the face of the earth if any harm came to Saudi Arabia. He gave this pledge to Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, who was on a visit to a military base in Rawalpindi. 
As we often caveat [usage/grammar?], Debka has been known to spin a story to make a propaganda point but as we also emphasize, they have sources that intelligence agencies would literally kill for.

Daily Pakistan is using a more genteel headline:

Pakistan will strongly respond if Saudi Arabia attacked: COAS Raheel Sharif

ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said Pakistan will strongly respond to any attack on Saudi Arabia, Inter-Service Public Relations said on Sunday.
During a one-and-half hour meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Minister for Defence Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud who called on him at General Headquarters, the COAS said Pakistan has good relations with every country in the region.

Pakistan has special relation with Saudi Arabia and values the relation between two countries, said the ISPR statement, adding that any attack on Saudi Arabia will be strongly countered.
The Saudi prince appreciated the efforts of Pakistan and its armed forces in war against terrorism, and also for keeping peace and stability in the region.

The Saudi prince was received by Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz besides senior military and civil officers at Nur Khan Airbase. He went straight to General Headquarters after landing in the country.

This is the second high-profile visitor from Riyadh in three days. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Islamabad on Thursday for discussing Riyadh’s tensions with Tehran and the counter-terrorism coalition that Saudi Arabia has announced....MORE
ArabNews, Jan. 11 is going with "Deepening Saudi-Pakistan ties".
The ties are already pretty deep, Saudi Arabia financed A.Q. Khan, the Father of Pakistan's Nuclear Program.
Still, General Sharif speaking like this is noteworthy, to say the least.
June 2012
"Riyadh to Beijing: We’ll Pay for Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles with All the Oil You Need "

Nov. 2013
Saudi Arabia Has Nuclear Weapons ‘on order,’ Ready to Deliver from Pakistan: Report
Isn't that just special.
This crossed the wire earlier today (yesterday BST) but now there are a dozen other sources carrying the story.
The Saudis hate the Iranians and want to overthrow Assad in Syria.
They don't much like the Jews either

April 2014
"The risks of a nuclear Saudi Arabia"


May 2015
"Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan: report"


August 2015 
"The Long-Term Oil Play"
Some of the easily identifiable considerations to plug into your model are the depressive effects of slowing population growth and international agreements to use force to further the stranded assets argument, the inflationary effects of a reduction in the total resource and more particularly in the lower cost plays and the could-go-either-way interplay of price and regulation in the development of alternative transportation and whether Saudi Arabia asks Pakistan to lend them 60-70 nukes until their domestic nuclear development program gets going.

Then there are the unknown unknowns....