ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif told National Assembly Friday that the country had not taken any decision to join Middle East war, however the country would defend the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia in case of any danger.
In a policy statement in the National Assembly, he brushed aside the concerns of opposition leader, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah saying that the government had only made a pledge to defend Saudi Arabia in case of any danger to its territorial integrity.
Khawaja Asif said that fears of the Leader of Opposition about Pakistan taking side in the war in Middle East were baseless.
Parliament would be taken into confidence before taking any decision regarding participation in Middle East war, he added.
The Minister said that Pakistan offered Saudi Arabia that a delegation comprising Defence Minister, Adviser on Foreign Affairs and higher military officials would visit Saudi Arabia to assess their defence requirements.
He said a meeting of Arab League was due within a day or so and hopefully the issue (between Yemen and Saudia Arabia) would be resolved on a common platform.
Pakistan would play its role for creating unity and solidarity among the Muslim countries, the minister added.
He said, if any decision was required to be made in this regard the Parliament would be taken into confidence.
Earlier, the Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah had suggested to convene a Joint Session of the Parliament or an All Parties Conference to take any decision on the Middle East issue.
He said the foreign policy should also be reviewed to meet the present day challenges.
Politicians should be taken on board in this regard as the world was changing fast.
He said country should play its role in reducing tensions among the Muslim countries adding that important decisions should be taken in consultation with the Parliament.
He was of the view that Pakistan should play its role for peace particularly in the Islamic world and should not take any sides in war in the Middle East.