There is no need for good or bad relations with the gulf, just simply amicable relations built on respect. The gulf is sinking into the abyss. Their 2 major sectors ie tourism/oil are in a freefall. Most expats are on their way out. Most of the educated expats have already left due to the ability to work remote from their home countries. The GCC today is far less influential than the GCC from 5 years back and its influence will only continue to decline going into the future.I am in favor of good relations with the Gulf. I understand that terms will not be the same as they have been in the past. That said, Pakistan has less to fear then many think. The world today may be a good representation of the future for the gulf in a few decades when the renewable energy and electric/hydrogen vehicles may surpass fossil fuel transportation. Pakistan can relay on agricultural, service and manufacturing exports with a huge young low cost workforce modeled on East Asia. Life after oil may not be so easy on the gulf in coming decades.
We finally have a civilian government that is interested in sustainable economic growth and development. Military and SBP are actively working with the new regime on this goal. The fruits are being shown to the whole world....we have been robust during the global crisis and are rebounding quickly.
KSA and GCC could have worked toward building an EU style economic bloc of friendly Islamic nations.....one that could have been an economic juggernaut in its right in my assessment. And far more sustainable than a large portfolio of global dollar based assets that can be wiped out by central bankers or a black swan financial crisis. They decided to go the latter route, unfortunately. We wait and see what happens.
We have given way to much protection to these sheihkdoms and royals with nothing to show in return. I say its time to turn up the pressure on these sheihks and start showing our stick. I doubt they will be a huge market for our exports in a way China, EU, or USA can be but there is a huge opportunity to build refineries and re-export their refined petroleum products from the gulf via gwadar.
An islamic bloc is completely out of question. We should strive for stronger relations with Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other like minded nations. We should also try to improve relations with Tehran (if they are willing to give up BLA terrorist to us). Simply put our interest in the gulf should be based off of increasing our export dollars, and nothing more.