The Execution of Sheikh Nimr and Sunni-Shia Feud By Saeed Qureshi
The execution of prominent Shia clergy Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr along with other 46 persons on 2 January 2016 by Saudi government has hyped the centuries old rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. On 15 October 2014, Al-Nimr was sentenced to death by the “The Specialized Saudi Criminal Court” for “seeking foreign meddling’ in Saudi Arabia, ‘disobeying’ its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces”.
Saudi Arabia has snapped diplomatic relations with Iran. Iran in retaliation has placed a ban on imports from Saudi Arabia. The Gulf States have issued statements condemning Iran for attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and interfering in the internal affairs of Arab states.
The latest conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is a spillover from the past. etc ,etc