The death of a Saudi diplomat in Karachi on Monday was part of a conspiracy to ruin the relationship between Islamabad and Riyadh, said Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami party leadership according to a report in the Nation.

The party said the incident could have been avoided with proper security arrangements, while expressing its regret over the killing of Saudi diplomat.

Former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Husain Ahmed, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan and Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said they deeply mourned the firing at the Saudi Consulate car and expressed grief over the death of the official. In a statement issued on Monday, they said the incident could be a conspiracy to undermine the friendly relations between the two countries and also the image of Pakistan in the Arab world.

Ammer MJA Punjab Abdul Sattar Hamid said the incident was a failed attempt to deprive Pakistan of her trusted friend. He also stated that the involvement of the US could not be ruled out.

The JI leaders are, however, confident that the incident would not derail the friendly relationship that the two Islamic states share. In a move to highlight their support to Saudi Arabia, they said they would hold a protest condemning the attack and also organize conferences and seminars in Lahore on Tuesday. The party's Lahore chapter has held a demonstration outside Lahore Press Club to protest against the incident, they said.