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No decision of sending forces to Yemen yet, says Asif

ISLAMABAD: Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the government has not made its decision of sending its combat forces to Yemen, ARY News reports.

Asif, speaking at the floor of National Assembly on Friday, said that he has postponed his visit to Saudi Arabia for a few days.

“The government will take the Parliament into confidence before taking any decision”, Asif said.

He said the government has only made a pledge to defend Saudi Arabia in case of any danger to its territorial integrity.

The Minister said Pakistan offered Saudi Arabia that a delegation comprising Defence Minister, Adviser on Foreign Affairs and higher military officials will visit Saudi Arabia to assess their defence requirements. However, he said a meeting of Arab League is going to be held today or tomorrow and we hoped that the issue will be resolved on a common platform.

He said Pakistan will play its role for creation of unity and solidarity among the Muslim countries.

He stated that the government will not take such a decision which will have negative impact in the future.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah urged the government to stay away from the conflict in the Gulf region whereas Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has advised the government to take the Parliament into confidence before any decision over the matter.

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