Saudi spearheaded ‘moderation’ has effect in Islamic countries
CHITRAL: The sooner Saudi Arabia relaxed on the strictly conservative and tunneled narrative of Islamic teachings, it’s effect has spread like wild fire in the muslim world. The UAE a sister country of Saudia has relaxed it’s policies to the extent of allowing use of alcohol and co-living of unmarried couples. This all is to attract tourists and compete with other liberal Islamic countries like Turkey and Malaysia. in the field of tourism.
Even in poor countries like Pakistan where Saudi funded ‘Islamism’ closely monitored the freedom of individuals since decades, has waned down due to lack of funding to the hardliners from the mother source. An example is of the change seen in the two Chitrals, the outlandish districts of Pakistan where religious elements till date hold the sway whether in social matters or political affairs.
The recent visit of girls football teams from Chitral to Islamabad and Chitral girls playing ice hockey in Hunza could not even be imagined a decade ago. Something has definitely happened in the Muslim world. Saudi Arabia has had a change of heart and its ramifications have beamed out to the muslim countries, for the good or bad, is any one’s own appreciation of the situation. .. CN report, 29 Jan 2021