Joint parliamentary session over Yemen to resume tomorrow
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
PM Nawaz told parliament that Pakistan is ‘not in a hurry’ to decide whether to join the Saudi-led coalition against rebels in Yemen before a round of shuttle diplomacy involving Iran and Turkey, adds AFP.
Nawaz Sharif hoped the diplomatic efforts planned for the coming days would yield results.
The Prime Minister further said that any Pakistani participation would need the backing of parliament and convened a special session to debate the matter.
He told lawmakers on Tuesday that he did not want to “manipulate you to get a mandate”.
“Take your time, we are not in a hurry, we will take all your good points and I want the parliament also to say something about demands of our friends,” said Sharif, who was sheltered by Saudi Arabia when overthrown in a 1999 military coup.
“We are actually waiting for an answer, which I expect will arrive by tomorrow,” Sharif said, adding that Turkey may send its foreign minister or convey the message by phone.
“We will see what we can do after that. We might visit other Muslim countries together.”
Leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Farhatullah Babar suggesting government not to become the Saudi ally in the war said Pakistan could offer training of troops in difficult terrain, intelligence sharing and medical relief in response to Saudi request for military assistance.
“Pakistan should not become part of a civil war in distant land”, he added.
Farhatullah Babar said the proposed help to Saudi is not in conflict with our national interests.
Leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Senator Mushahid Hussain said Pakistan should take help from China to resolve issue of Yemen.
“A meeting of United Nation Security Council (UNSC) should be summoned to discuss Yemen conflict”, he added.
He said Security Council should play its role for ceasefire in Yemen. The issue should be resolved with negotiation, he added.
Mushahid Hussain said that foreign ministers of Pakistan and Turkey should sit together to mediate Saudi-Yemen conflict.
Ghulam Ahmed Bilour
Veteran opposition lawmaker of Awami National Party (ANP) Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said “If we get involved in Yemen, a huge blaze will once again erupt in our country.”
“My army is not a rent-an-army”, said Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Siraj-ul-Haq backed suggestions put forwarded by Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and asked government to play mediator’s role on the issue.
“Pakistan, Turkey and Iran should play the role of mediator for peaceful solution of Saudi-Yemen conflict”, he said.
Siraj-ul-Haq termed the conflict as conspiracy by certain forces to divide the Arab world. He said Muslim countries should gather at single platform to find peaceful solution of the issue.
Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo
The leader of National Party (NP), Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo while opposing to join the fighting in Yemen asked Pakistan to play its role for reconciliation in the region to put an end to the war.
“Government should pursue the course of diplomacy and dialogue for peaceful solution of Yemen crisis”, he said.
Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo advised government to be wise in adopting an approach towards the issue of Yemen that avoid conflict with any Middle East country.