Parliament calls for neutrality in Yemen conflict



  • ISLAMABAD: On day five of the joint parliamentary session on Yemen, lawmakers approved a draft resolution proposing that Pakistan "should maintain neutrality in the conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis”.

    Although implying that Islamabad should refrain from assisting Riyadh militarily, the resolution added that Pakistan should stand shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia to protect the latter's territorial integrity. No direct clarity was provided on whether Pakistan would, or would not involve itself militarily at any point.

    The lawmakers okayed the resolution unanimously on the fifth day of the joint parliamentary session on the Saudi-led offensive against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    The session was summoned after the Saudi government approached Islamabad for Pakistani warplanes, warships and soldiers to assist in the conflict and join the Saudi-led military coalition that began conducting air strikes last month against Houthi forces in Yemen.

    Expressing “unequivocal support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, the resolution that the lawmakers agreed upon stated that “in case of any violation of its territorial integrity or any threat to Haramain Sharifain, Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia and its people”.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1175090/parliament-calls-for-neutrality-in-yemen-conflict



  • I must applaud and admit this is not the outcome I accepted. I thought Parliament will be a rubber stamp and will vote as Army wants them to but surprisingly they decided to keep our nose out of Yemen. At the same time they said we will stand firm by Saudia Arabia.

    Welldone!



  • This is a good decision, but i am worried about 1 Billion Dollars, What if Saudi govt asking it back? standing firm mean later on we will jump in to burning ship...



  • @Shirazi Jee

    I propose that you read the resolution carefully, specially item 8 & 10.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1175090/parliament-calls-for-neutrality-in-yemen-conflict

    Neutrality is "desired", while "unequivocal support" to deal with threat to KSA territorial integrity is a "big loophole" left for government to jump in at any time.

    Since when desires come true!!!

    A resolution should use stronger verbs like resolve or affirm, if the intent is that government should follow.



  • The actual wording is:

    “in case of any violation of its territorial integrity or any threat to Haramain Sharifain, Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia and its people”.

    The important words are "any violation of its territorial integrity" which means "if attacked". "Threat" is used only for Haramain Sharifain.



  • ہاتھی کے دانت کھانے کے اور دکھانے کے اور

    پبلک کو لولی پاپ دے دیا گیا ہے ورنہ کرنا وہی ہے سعودی بادشاہ چاہے گا



  • "The important words are "any violation of its territorial integrity" which means "if attacked". "Threat" is used only for Haramain Sharifain."

    Help me understand in context of Yemen how threat to Haramain happens without violation of territorial integrity?

    Also, when Indian army fires across border, is there violation of territorial integrity of Pakistan?



  • "Help me understand in context of Yemen how threat to Haramain happens without violation of territorial integrity?"

    My understanding is that "threat" is like "We will do this or that if our demands are not met" And Violation is the actual attack.

    And yes, when India fires across Pakistan unprovoked and not as a retaliation, it is a territorial violation.



  • "My understanding is that "threat" is like "We will do this or that if our demands are not met" And Violation is the actual attack.

    And yes, when India fires across Pakistan unprovoked and not as a retaliation, it is a territorial violation."

    Thanks for making my point that there is a big loophole in the resolution to drive a brigade.

    With KSA supporters and Hadi supporters in Yemen, it wouldn't take much for them to fire across into KSA territory killing their own.

    Also, in this time of technology it doesn't take much to manufacture a threat to Haramain as if it is coming from the rebels in Yemen.

    At time of chosing between Pakistani government and KSA, situation will be created to sactifice jawans of the army.



  • All Saudis need to do is stage a Yemni attack on Saudi land and Pakistan will jump right in as per this parliamentary resolution.

    As for Pakistani government...

    Rind Kay Rind Rahay Hath Say Janat Na Gai



  • ItemSharif sahib has hit the deck. It is not difficult to stage a StarPlus drama of "Houthis attack on Saudis holy land and then Pakistani armed forces are committed to "repulse" the attack "shoulder to shoulder" with Saudi forces piercing deep inside Yemen. And this will be within the spirit of the "Declaration of Neutrality".



  • UAE condemns Pakistan's vote on Yemen

    Dubai — The UAE on Friday strongly condemned a Pakistani decision to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military coalition against Houthi rebels.

    “The Arabian Gulf is in a dangerous confrontation, its strategic security is on the edge, and the moment of truth distinguishes between the real ally and the ally of media and statements,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash tweeted after a unanimous resolution passed by a special session of Pakistan’s parliament.

    The resolution, however, backed the government’s commitment to protect Saudi Arabia’s territory, which has so far not been threatened by the conflict.

    Gargash said Pakistan is required to show a clear stand in favour of its strategic relations with the six-nation Arab Gulf cooperation Council, as contradictory and ambiguous views on this serious matter will have a heavy price to pay.

    “This is nothing but another chapter of laggard impartial stand,” Gargash said, criticising identical views held by Turkey and Iran about the armed conflict in Yemen, as affirmed by the Turkish foreign minister, who had said a political way out of the crisis is the responsibility of Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    Tehran seems to be more important to Islamabad and Ankara than the Gulf countries, Gargash added. “Though our economic and investment assets are inevitable, political support is missing at critical moments,” Gargash said.

    “The vague and contradictory stands of Pakistan and Turkey are an absolute proof that Arab security — from Libya to Yemen — is the responsibility of none but Arab countries, and the crisis is a real test for neighbouring countries.”

    The Pakistan parliament resolution turned down long-standing ally Riyadh’s request for troops, ships and warplanes, saying: “Pakistan should play a mediating role and not get involved in fighting in Yemen.”

    “Parliament of Pakistan...underscores the need for continued efforts by the government of Pakistan to find a peaceful resolution of the crisis,” the resolution said.

    “(Parliament) desires that Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis.”

    Saudi Mufti calls for youth conscription

    Riyadh — The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Shaikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Shaikh, who is also chairman of the senior scholars authority has called for military conscription of youth.

    Shaikh Abdul Aziz said: “We must prepare our youth properly to become a shield for us in the holy war against the enemies of religion and the nation.”

    In his Friday sermon at Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, he said: “We should well look after our youth and prepare them for enlistment, which will enable them dis-charge their duties effectively.”

    “This step is important for our youth towards their religion and for protecting their homeland,” he said, adding that the nation should always be prepared to face enemies.

    “We are leading a secure life, a boon that others envied us for,” Shaikh Abdul Aziz said and added that while we should be thankful to Allah for this mercy, our nation should remain alert to defend the religion and country through compulsory military training.

    “We should be careful and cautious of the enemies who want to spoil our religion, morals and economy, as well as destroying our unity”, he said, adding that to face such chal-lenges, “we must prepare our youth militarily, intellectually and educationally”.

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=%2Fdata%2Fnationgeneral%2F2015%2FApril%2Fnationgeneral_April110.xml&section=nationgeneral&type=desktop



  • "Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military coalition against"

    Perhaps Saudis should request rather than demand unless there is a defence pact between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia!!!



  • so a country that depends on remittances is going to remain neutral in the conflict of a country it has its biggest diaspora in? haaa tell me more jokes please.



  • Gentlemen! Be serious, do not fight with each other, we are sitting in a War Room. - Peter Sellers in How I learned to love Atom Bomb.



  • "in the conflict of a country it has its biggest diaspora in?:

    It is always a good thing to get one's facts right!!!



  • The nose of a gutter rat!!!

    Also a "me too" rat.



  • @anjaan and talking about facts, here's one



  • @Shirazi Jee

    I don't know in which world you live in. World of Spin!!

    Go and listen to Naya Pakistan -April 10. They support my view posted in earlier post.

    Government Representative gleefully said that the resolution authorizes Pakistan to provide all that was asked by KSA per item 10. And poor representative of PTI was trying to say no.

    In my opinion, Pakistan government has already established that KSA Territorial integrity is under threat and army / Air Force will be in KSA before you know it. Plus, a force in same lines of Bahrain of retired military officers will be sent in KSA to do the killing as is being done in Bahrain over last many years.



  • @Waqas malik

    Thank you. If "Population" in the table means "Pakistanis" then I stand corrected.

    Incidentally, what the source of the table?