Imran Khan:Pakistan should be negotiator

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan spoke out on Friday on the US-Saudi alliance in Yemen and said Pakistan should be playing a lead role in the negotiation process rather than becoming a participant in the war.

Imran Khan:Pakistan should be negotiator

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Through a series of tweets on his official twitter page, PTI chief Imran Khan has said that rather than being a participant in the war, Pakistan should play a leading role in the negotiation process. He also questioned whether Pakistan had already suffered enough by participating wars in other countries. 

Citing sectarianism as a problem in Pakistan, Imran said the country “has suffered enough over the last ten years.” 

He thereby urged that Pakistan should merely be playing a lead role in negotiating and assisting peace talks rather than becoming a participant in the war.

Saudi Arabia carried out air strikes against Huthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday, launching an operation by a regional coalition to save the government

On Thursday the Kingdom had “expressed the desire to participate in the operation” against rebels together with Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, which the kingdom has dubbed as the “Firmness Storm.”

Amid reports that Pakistan is all set to join the fight against Huthi rebels in Yemen, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.

At this stage, Pakistan has made no decision on whether to give military support to a Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday, while pledging to defend Saudi Arabia against any threat to its solidarity.

"We have made no decision to participate in this war. We didn't make any promise. We have not promised any military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen," Asif told parliament.

A military official said on condition of anonymity that it would be extremely difficult for Pakistan to commit troops as it was already overstretched on its own borders.

"Before the PM's Saudi visit (this month), he already spoke to the army chief and they decided that committing brigades would not be possible," the official told Reuters.

Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies hit Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital and the Shi'ite Muslim group's northern heartland on Friday, the second day of a Saudi-led campaign to stop the militia establishing its rule across the country.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office said on Thursday any threat to Saudi Arabia would "evoke a strong response" from Islamabad.


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