In a twisting turn of events, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have severed their ties with Qatar today, on the account of terrorism linkages. It has been always stated in the international media that Qatar is a two faced nation, supporting the US in the fight against terrorism while facilitating the conduct of the same.
Though on the official grounds, there has always been a denial of the support, the activities suggest otherwise. Charities have been used to launder the money and fund the terrorist activities, mainly Al-Qaeda, as in 2003. A diplomat revealed to the media that millions of pounds were being raised for the arm operating in Syria. Evidence of support given to Islamic State is also recovered from intelligence agencies, journalists, news agencies etc.
So in order to protect their nations from the protruding terrorism, the countries have taken this extreme step. The move was initiated by Bahrain and then the allies followed. Transport ties have been cut and the residents and visitors have been given a period of 2 weeks to leave the countries. UAE has asked the diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours and their airlines Etihad will suspend its operations as well.
As a result of this, Qatar indulged in early trading.
The government officials have responded by saying that the move is unjustified, with no basis for their claims. Also, the lives of citizens won’t be affected by this move. The country is due to host the world cup in 2022.
The news sites of the country were also banned by the four countries two weeks ago, due to controversial comments by the Qatari Emir.
The boycott is expected to change the dynamics of the Middle East, which is already quite unstable. The growing reach of ISIS calls for stronger measures by the countries in order to curb the terrorist activities, as it is reaching to other parts of the world as well. The recent attacks in London are a testimony to that.
By Pragati Shukla