They pay lip service to modernization and liberalization (like the legal change allowing women to drive), but in actuality it's one step forward, two steps back.
There is extensive documentation on the fact the Saudi Arabia and other states in the region fund fundamentalist, Hanafi / Wahabbist madrassas in Pakistan. Where do all the Pakistani jihadis fighting in Afghanistan come from? It's been known by intelligence agencies for years.
Goldberg: What do you mean you don’t know about it?
MbS: What is Wahhabism?
Goldberg: You’re the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. You know what Wahhabism is.
MbS: No one can define this Wahhabism.
Goldberg: It’s a movement founded by Ibn abd al-Wahhab in the 1700s, very fundamentalist in nature, an austere Salafist-style interpretation—
MbS: No one can define Wahhabism. There is no Wahhabism.