Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo ۔an has said that Saudi Arabia had threatened Pakistan that the money held in the State Bank would be withdrawn if it attended the Kuala Lumpur summit.
According to the Turkish newspaper Sabah's report, Recep Tayyip Erdo ۔an said that "this is not the first time for any country that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pressed on certain issues".
The report quoted the Turkish president as saying that he had said that 'the Saudi government had threatened to withdraw funds from the Central Bank of Pakistan if it participated in the summit'.
Referring to the threat from Saudi Arabia, he said, "The Saudi government has threatened that 4 million Pakistani workers will be repatriated and visas will be given to Bangladeshi citizens instead."
According to the report, Erdo ۔an told Turkish media that "Pakistan had to comply with Saudi Arabia's wishes due to economic difficulties".
No statement from the Foreign Office has yet been issued on the Turkish President's statement.
Malaysia's neighbouring country Indonesia is also not attending the meeting, citing that Erdo ۔an has similar issues with Indonesia.
It is to be noted that the meeting of leaders of Muslim countries is underway in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, where Muslim issues and other issues are being considered around the world.
Pakistan had refused to attend the four-day meeting because of concerns over Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had confirmed his non-participation in the Malaysia summit, after which Pakistan also withdrew from the Foreign Minister's participation.
Earlier, the summit was proposed by Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo ۔an at a UN meeting in September this year.
Saudi Arabia cited the reason for not attending the meeting, saying that the summit was the wrong forum to discuss the key issues of the Pune 2 billion Muslims, while analysts believe that Saudi Arabia fears Iran, Turkey and Qatar. As regional rivals will make it lonely in the Muslim world.
On November 29, Prime Minister Imran Khan confirmed attending a 4-day summit in Kuala Lumpur at a meeting with Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Bin Haji Yahya.