Opposition parties concerned over ‘sending troops to Yemen’
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan People’s Party and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement showed their apprehensions over joining Saudi fight against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said his party was dissatisfied with Defence Minister Khwaja Asif’s policy statement on the issue.
He said everyone should have a unified stance on sensitive foreign policy issues and suggested that proper assessment of the Yemen crisis for achieving national consensus on it.
PPP leader and Opposition Leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan asked where will Pakistani troops be deployed and who will command them. He said that government must begin its diplomatic efforts to resolve the Yemen conflict.
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MQM’s Farooq Sattar also opposed sending troops to take part in Yemen conflict.
Shiite Iran has strongly criticised the intervention in Yemen by the coalition of largely Sunni Muslim nations, accusing Saudi Arabia of sowing instability with its air campaign.
Despite close and longstanding relations with Riyadh, Pakistan has so far held back from joining the fight, calling for a negotiated settlement and saying it does not want to get involved in any conflict that would inflame sectarian tensions.
Pakistan faces a tricky dilemma over the intervention in Yemen. It has long enjoyed military ties with Riyadh and has benefited hugely from the oil-rich kingdom’s largesse over the years.