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Crisis in Arabian Peninsula: Pakistan unlikely to budge on Yemen

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    Crisis in Arabian Peninsula: Pakistan unlikely to budge on Yemen
    By Kamran Yousaf / Abdul Manan
    Published: April 23, 2015

    ISLAMABAD:
    As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif prepare to fly off to Saudi Arabia to discuss the armed insurrection in Yemen, officials say Pakistan is unlikely to change its position and commit troops, ships and warplanes for the Saudi-led nine nation coalition against Houthi rebels.


    The trip comes a day after the Saudi-led coalition called off its aerial bombing campaign against the Houthis, codenamed Operation Decisive Storm “on a request by the Yemeni government and President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi”. However, it left open the option of resuming strikes if the movements of the rebels warrant it.

    Premier Nawaz and Gen Raheel will be visiting the oil-rich kingdom, which has been pushing Islamabad to join the coalition militarily despite a resounding nay from the Pakistani parliament, to reassure the Saudi leadership of Pakistan’s support on the conflict in the Arabian Peninsula.

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    A senior government official told The Express Tribune that the message the prime minister and the army chief would convey was clear: political process needs to take precedence over the use of force. “Pakistan does not want to get involved in the conflict militarily,” said the official, who requested anonymity due to sensitivity of the matter.

    “Our support for the Saudi integrity and sovereignty is unquestionable but when it comes to sending troops to Yemen the government will stick to the recommendation of parliament,” the official explained.

    Earlier this month, a joint sitting of parliament voted against joining the Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthis but assured Riyadh of all-out support in the event of any threat to its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    The visit of Premier Nawaz and Gen Raheel is the latest in a series of trips undertaken by senior Pakistani officials as part of efforts to undo or minimise the damage done by the parliamentary decision. The visit has triggered speculations that Pakistan may finally give in to the Saudi demands seeking Islamabad’s direct involvement in the Yemen conflict.

    But the official made it clear that there was no possibility of Pakistan joining the Saudi coalition, although it would extend all possible support in line with the UN Security Council resolution. The official said Islamabad had suggested that the use of force was not a solution to the crisis. According to Pakistan’s assessment, Yemen could prove for Saudi Arabia what Afghanistan has proved for foreign forces, he added.

    Government sources, however, told The Express Tribune that it would be an uphill task for the prime minister and the army chief to convince the Saudi leadership. “This visit is very crucial. It will set the tone of Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia for the next few years,” one source said.

    According to an official statement, Premier Nawaz chaired a high-level meeting at the Prime Minister House on Wednesday where the upcoming visit was discussed. Attendees included federal ministers Khawaja Asif and Ishaq Dar, Gen Raheel Sharif, Premier’s foreign policy aide Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

    “It was decided that the prime minister would undertake a one-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday to discuss the evolving situation in Yemen and express solidarity with the people and leadership of the kingdom,” it said.

    The statement was silent on the agenda of the meeting in Riyadh but it said that the prime minister welcomed the Saudi-led coalition’s announcement of ending its air strikes in Yemen and launch of Operation Restoring Hope, which is likely to be more political than military.

    Officially too, Islamabad welcomed the announcement. “This will pave the way for political solution of the crisis in Yemen. We share the desire of Saudi Arabia for peaceful settlement of the crisis,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

    However, source said the Saudis would be planning a ground offensive with military help from Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey and its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council. It would be a huge challenge for the prime minister to convince the Saudi leadership to understand Pakistan’s opinion on the matter, sources added.

    Sources said Wednesday’s huddle reiterated that Pakistan should not commit troops for any ground offensive in Yemen as Pakistani military is already stretched thin in its fight against Taliban militants in the tribal regions.

    The Saudis are asking for regular army troops. And in return, Riyadh may offer cash, oil on deferred payment, purchase of weapons and other incentives, sources said. If this happens, then the Pakistani delegation may offer one division of troops from Rangers, Frontier Corps and Army. Moreover, Pakistan may also offer some specialised operations for Yemen if the Saudis refuse to budge on their demands.

    Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2015.
     
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    Dude you're crazy, China didn't help us in 71 and Kargil war.

    And Iran is not a threat to us, we should not indulge ourselves in Saudia-Iran rivalry.
     
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    OO Boy be cool you are talking about nuke like its a child play. Like " HEY YOU TOUCHED MY FRIEND, NOW TAKE MY NUKE." :p::p::p:

    OO Boy be cool you are talking about nuke like its a child play. Like " HEY YOU TOUCHED MY FRIEND, NOW TAKE MY NUKE." :p::p::p::rofl:
     
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    They are, they are listed at #2 threat for Pakistan, just below Israel which is #1 and above India which is #3, in our Foreign Policy. They are sponsoring anti-sunni and pro-shia terrorism proxies in Pakistan for decades.
     
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    how dare you gave us number 3....we are a superpower and should be at number 1 :lol:
     
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    Despite what it appears, our only dispute with India is Kashmir. And nothing else. If this issue is resolved, our enmity will likely reduce to indifference and there is a lot trade and cooperation potential between our countries. I am pretty sure that India has no ambition to destroy other Muslim states.

    Iran on the other hand is not only an enemy of Pakistan, they are also an enemy of other Muslim states, they are strategic partners with Israel, that is a much bigger concern for us.

    As far as super power status is concerned, you can calm yourself down by knowing that we have listed USA at #4. So India is a bigger threat to us than U.S.
     
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    Aren't SA strategic partners with Israel?

    What nonsense is this.

    Iran is a neighbor and Pakistan needs to work hard on creating a healthy trade based relationship.
     
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    Look wars always should be between Forces and ones who attack people are cowards. Thats why we always call indians in Kashmir COWARDS, Israel in Palestine COWARDS and so on. Thats wat islam teaches. and yes nobody can touch us and you are also exaggerating China its true that we are like brothers and would help eachother in every possible way but nobody will help you out of their own interests just take example of yourself in case of Saudi - Yamen war you will understand. and right now although Iran is more friedly to india and not at all friendly to us. But still we have to do what suits us most. And that is not going to war surely.
     
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    Even without nukes they cannot dare to touch us my friend.They know if Pakistan becomes hostile towards them then they will see their generals die every day.They r little kids in proxy war and we r the master of this kind of warfare..
     
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    Well to be honest i am of the opinion that Pakistani's do consider India to be an existential threat...is that a thing of past now??

    :) that was funny...thanks for making me feel a little special...:lol:
     
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    Yup that's what suits us most right now
     
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    Just keep quite and develope your economy and buy weapons :p: if you want to...... MAKE YOUR OWN HOUSE SO STRONG THAT WHEN YOU GO OUT TO HELP SOME ONE ELSE YOU DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN HOUSE then leave the rest to TIME. It will show you who is your best ALLY.
     
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    Man this is going to be one heck of a meeting! Pakistan needs to tread carefully and balance its act! I am glad General is with our clueless shaken PM. Apparently Saudis will be talking to him directly and he will be informed of the decision. I am quite sure he isn't getting anymore favours and royal welcomes in KSA. That puts him in a real tight spot (hint: a politician always keeps open his exit route).

    I do hope Pakistan however that Pakistan extends some sort of help to KSA here. No I'm not talking of ground invasion but we should not be labelled unreliable partners. Unfortunately most people have seen this as sectarian conflict which it really isn't. It should be taken as struggle to gain influence in the region between two large players. Now when this happens, there are red lines. If those are crossed, nations react. Russia reacted to NATO's over reach in Ukarine, US reacted to Cuba crisis etc. Saudi reaction had to come whichever way you perceive it. We can debate a whole century on human angle, Muslim ummah and poor vs rich but we don't live in a perfect world. That is a fact and reality is the master teacher! Iran did over step the red line here. Saudi's would react and Iran needs to be a friendlier nation in its neighbourhood. So should be GCC states.
     
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    I hope Qataris sit back down after seeing China and Pakistan showing the world how genuine allies behave with each other.

    You think you can bully us around, whilst you are squabbling for towns in the middle east we are playing much bigger game in South Asia. F**king amateurs.
     
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    No need for personal attacks.

    When did they become one? google does not seem to agree, they do not even accept Israel as a country let alone be a strategic partner with them.

    Iran is an not a trust-able neighbor. They were the ones who poisoned our friendship. When a friend gives your enemy naval access to a port near your border, then they are not considered an acceptable country.

    If there were any hope, PA would not have listed them as a threat.

    Besides KSA is a much better option for Pakistan, compared to Iran. And we cannot risk losing KSA for Iran.

    As far as i know, KSA has no ambition to destroy Muslim states to make a greater KSA. Which Iran has and they have destroyed Muslim countries. And are actively trying to do that with Pakistan.

    They do, but the basis of all the hatred is Kashmir. If that issue is resolved preferably peacefully, then all the wounds and hatred will start fading away. But that will take decades.

    You are welcome.