Pakistan should play negotiator's role rather than take part in Yemen war, says Imran

Citing sectarianism as a problem in Pakistan, Imran says country 'has suffered enough over the last ten years'


Web Desk March 27, 2015
Has Pakistan not suffered enough in the past ten years, questions Imran. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

Read: Pakistan 'examining' Saudi request over Yemen intervention

The PTI chief tweeted, "Pakistan should be playing a lead role in negotiating/helping in peace talks rather than becoming a participant in the war"



Imran also questioned whether Pakistan had not suffered enough already by participating in wars waged 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.

Read: Any threat to Saudi's territorial integrity will evoke strong response from Pakistan: Nawaz

Iran has already condemned the regional rival for Thursday's air strikes launched on Huhti rebels and deemed it "a dangerous step" that violated “international responsibilities and national sovereignty.”

COMMENTS (23)

Ganga Din | 6 years ago | Reply This guy named Imran Khan or whatever he calls himself, is totally immature and ignorant about the politics and yet he is making these statements about Pakistan acting as a mediator. To act as a mediator, all parties have to agree and accept Pakistan as a mediator and that is not possible under current climate. But his statement simply reflects his shallowness and lack of understanding about this conflict and he should avoid this type of babbling.
Mirza | 6 years ago | Reply Pakistan is a poor third world country. Why should it play any role in a brother country's civil war? Why are so many rich countries beating up a small country and bombing its population centers?
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