ISLAMABAD: The members of the Parliament on Thursday stressed the need for diplomatic and political support to Saudi Arabia in the current crisis.
Resuming debate on Yemen crisis in the Joint Sitting, the Parliamentarians said that Pakistan should not interfere and indulge in the crisis. However, they made it clear that there would be no compromise on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.
They also termed the role of Pakistan, Turkey and Iran crucial for the solution the Yemeni issue.
Taking part in the debate regarding Yemen crisis, Senator Prof. Sajid Mir said that Saudi Arabia relations with Yemen were exemplary. Many Yemeni were doing their business and were awarded Saudi nationality, he added.
Sajid Mir said some elements taking advantage of unrest in Yemen wanted to create disturbance in Saudi Arabia.
He said even Saudi Arabia had arrested some Yemeni people involved in terrorist activities and smuggling of weapon.
He termed Saudi Arabia’s action against non-state actors in Yemen in accordance with international law.
“If US can take action against illegitimate governments in Iraq and Afghanistan, then Saudi Arabia has also the right to take such action against rebels.”
He said Saudi Arabia had always stood with Pakistan in odd times and it was need of hour to firmly support them.
He said “Saudi Arabia is close and brotherly country of Pakistan and always supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir at all forums.”
Prof Sajid Mir said Saudi Arabia had also supported Pakistan during 1965 and 71 wars against India besides extending valuable contribution for making Pakistan an nuclear power.
He said Pakistan could not play mediator’s role without the approval of both the parties. “Saudi Arabia will certainly accept Pakistan’s role as a mediator but Yemeni rebels will not accept it”, he added.
He said Saudi Arabia never played a neutral role in Pakistan and Indian issues. “It is up to us now how we can respond to our sincere friend”, he added.
Naseem Ehsan, taking part in the debate, appreciated the role of Prime Minister in the current scenario. “We are ready to protect Holy Places in Saudi Arabia” she added.
Senator Tanvee Ahemd called for summoning OIC meeting to discuss and find a solution to Yemen issue.