DESPITE the trials and tribulations the nation is passing through, Pakistan has some in-built strength, which is acknowledged by its allies. An article titled ‘Pakistan — a key GCC ally’ carried by “Arab News” on 15 January 2016, authored by Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is an example. The informed scholar observes that three million Pakistanis work in the Gulf countries, and the $4 billion in annual transactions they make, contribute to the nation’s economic strength. He opines that the country is not viewed merely as a trading partner but the region considers relations with Pakistan strategic.