Yemen conflict: Pakistan's decision is dangerous and unexpected, says UAE foreign minister

Published: April 11, 2015
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PHOTO: REUTERS

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Slamming Pakistan’s decision to not join the Saudi-led coalition targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen as ‘dangerous and unexpected,’ the United Arab Emirates said the country was favouring Iran over the Gulf nations.

“The Pakistani parliament’s resolution, which promoted neutrality on the Yemeni conflict, and voiced support for Saudi Arabia is contradictory and dangerous and unexpected from Islamabad,” UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

Gargash accused Pakistan of choosing Iran over the Gulf nations at a time when they face an “existential confrontation” in the Yemen conflict, according to Al Arabiya.

“Tehran seems to be more important to Islamabad and Ankara than the Gulf countries,” Gargash added.

After a marathon debate on Riyadh’s request for Pakistan to join the military coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, federal lawmakers asked the government on Friday with one voice to stay out of the conflict in the Arabian Peninsula, but backed its commitment to protect Saudi Arabia’s territory which is currently under no threat.

Read: Will of parliament: ‘Stay out of Yemen conflict’

“Though our economic and investment assets are inevitable, political support is missing at critical moments,” he wrote, referring to the Gulf countries economic assistance to Pakistan.

“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,” the minister further 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.”

Read: Yemen conflict will have serious implications for regional security: Army chief

Turkey expressed its support for the Saudi-led coalition and said it would offer logistics and intelligence support.

“This is nothing but another chapter of laggard impartial stand,” Gargash added.

Not only criticising Pakistan’s stance, the minister also demanded Pakistan to show a clear stand “in favour of its strategic relations with the Gulf nations, contradictory and ambiguous views on this decisive matter will cost highly.”

Meanwhile, the military spokesperson for the Saudi-led offensive code named Operation Decisive Storm, Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri claimed on Friday, Pakistan is yet to announce its official position.

Read: Yemen mission: Saudis unfazed by Pakistan’s possible non-participation

Asiri said while Pakistan’s participation would be an addition to the coalition, its absence in the operation wouldn’t affect the coalition’s work.

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Reader Comments (117)

  • SS
    Apr 11, 2015 - 1:35PM

    Hope UAE now release Uzair Baloach and destroy the massive business emipre of corrupt Pakistani politicians. We should have made a symbolic support as a face saving for KSA & GCC.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 11, 2015 - 1:36PM

    It is better to pay their price…..and preserve our dignity. In the long run we will benefit.Recommend

  • NY
    Apr 11, 2015 - 1:57PM

    These Arab rulers are more worried about their monarchies than the actual conflict in Yemen. Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 11, 2015 - 1:59PM

    Thank God Pakistani Parliament has spoken the voice of Pakistani public. UAE and gulf treat Pakistanis as thrid-class citizens and exploit the poor from the region and expect Pakistan to start another war that has nothing to do with Islam. Shame on UAE. Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Apr 11, 2015 - 1:59PM

    How dare you threaten us.

    We are your loyal brothers, not your slaves !Recommend

  • Haider
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:01PM

    Pakistan is already in state of War against Taliban….Did u sent your army for help…..Deal your problem so we are dealing ours….No more proxy war Recommend

  • OVAIS
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:04PM

    Did you send your troops to pakistan to help pakistan defeat india or taliban, Did you send your envoy to console us when we lost 140 children. We are at a war right now and you want us to send our troops to help . We are loosing more number of people daily than all arabian countries combined in months . Think before you ask a poor down and out country like pakistan for help . but u dont think and you wont think.Recommend

  • Apr 11, 2015 - 2:06PM

    Whats with our PM picture? your editors need to get their act together. Its a national newspaper right? not a random spicy tabloid ?Recommend

  • Free
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:14PM

    Sounds quite same to the threat Musharraf received from USA. Lets see if Nawaz can act any different to MusharrafRecommend

  • Aysha M
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:19PM

    Not a great idea to displease the rich, specially when they have more money than senseRecommend

  • sameer
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:26PM

    Be a man, either you are with them or not , don’t try to please every one ..Recommend

  • M Saleem Chaudry
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:28PM

    All these outbursts of leaders of Gulf states ,Foreign minister of UAE and army chief of Saudi Arabia, are result of premature , emotional and unguarded outburst of P.M Nawaz Sharif,followed by equally I’ll-planned visit of foreign Miinister, of the same mentality rather worse.
    In such critical and sensitive matters, it’s extremely unwise to make too quickly I’ll-thought out and wildly open statements much less the commitments which are difficult to honour. Now Pakistan ‘s position is like being between ocean and Fire. Ambiguity and delay in proper communication is bound to spoil the broth and make us lose on all accounts.Recommend

  • Akrama
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:30PM

    where were the gulf brothers when Pakistan fought 10 years on its borders or where was the assistance when Pakistan fought three wars. why were they silent on Kashmir and now they want our intervention in their imperialist ambitions.Recommend

  • Zindabadi
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:30PM

    Dear Mr. Gargash:

    Please do not mind. Our military is a little busy. The lives of Pakistanis right now are not up to par with your citizens. Let us sort out the mess here at home first, and then we will remind you of how you need our military more than we need your money. I know you believe your economic assistance holds more value than the lives of our soldiers, but we are slowly realizing that is not true. You have oil, we have our troops. Please give us a few years. I am sure you can handle Yemen without our help. Thank you for not understanding. Recommend

  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:49PM

    A very difficult decision for Nawaz Sharif. There are huge dangers and costs involved with either decision.

    Historic relations with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states with millions of Pakistanis’ dependence on the earnings of the Pakistanis working in the region on one hand and the feared polarisation of the Muslim world and spread of the conflict on the other hand.

    I pray Allah guides the government in taking a right decision.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:55PM

    We should support the GCC coalition. What will Pakistani liberals Do, if GCC starts deporting Pakistani’s or puts a cap on Pakistani workers. The minister has surely given Pakistan a veiled threat. Plus Iran is no friend of ours, it is busy supporting anti state elements in Balochistan.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2015 - 2:58PM

    Yeah pakistan is not supposed to protect the gulf region, they should have their own army…Recommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 11, 2015 - 3:04PM

    All Pakistani workers are advice to pack their luggage please, their planes are waiting for them to evacuate GCC

    And don’t forget to say thanks to your ParliamentariansRecommend

  • Cynic Waheed
    Apr 11, 2015 - 3:04PM

    Please fight you own wars and leave us out! We already have our hands full with fighting terrorists and keeping a bully neighbour at bay – try and understand and spare us from you adventurism!

    Sincerely,

    A Pakistani. Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Apr 11, 2015 - 3:33PM

    Why should Pakistan destroy its national interest for corrupt and ruthless regimes in Saudia and UAE. You guys are no holy rulers that needs any support from the Islamic World. Now use your billions of dollar and find your own mercenary fighters. You and your rich Sheikhs should know that Pakistani blood is not for sale. We know how you treat Pakistanis in the Gulf states. It’s time to let you know that Pakistan has changed and will not let you appease Israel against Iran.Recommend

  • Yasir Sheikh
    Apr 11, 2015 - 3:50PM

    Not our war, dude! Recommend

  • Salman - SK
    Apr 11, 2015 - 4:02PM

    The Saudis and the Emiratis have destroyed two generations of Pakistanis by indoctrinating them with their bigoted version of ideology. Though still under the clutches of the establishment, Pakistanis are now tasting the fruits of democracy by influencing their government’s decision making process and going against the urgings of the Middle Eastern countries to join the attack against the people of Yemen. For once I am feeling proud of my people.Recommend

  • Pakistaaaani
    Apr 11, 2015 - 4:05PM

    Arabs are attacking Yemen not vice versa, so Pakistan is out of your aggression against an Arab country this time.
    You are talking about economic assistance, we haven’t struck deal with Iran about gas pipeline that could have earned Pakistan much more than your assistance and shias that have been killed in Pakistan could have trigger deeper problems for you and your coalition in ICC but we forego all these things at the expense of our own country.
    Now we are developing Gawadar port and after its announcement by previous govt you were responsible for unrest in Balochistan we know well so shut up and don’t tell us what to do. Recommend

  • ex UAE expat
    Apr 11, 2015 - 4:11PM

    Sir would your country or any other gulf state send troops and jets to help us against the TTP? Agree you’ve given employment to a lot of us but same can be said about other south asians. Infact the best earning people in your countries are from the westerners. Have you considered asking them for troops and jets? And upon refusal would you darr to threaten them the same way?Recommend

  • Aliii
    Apr 11, 2015 - 4:12PM

    Though beggars are not choosers but our politicians are such a loosers !!
    Imagine $1.5Billion is not a big amount n getting sold out for this is disgusting. Please increase the price or earn good by eliminating corruption.

    Pakistan is far superior to many countries in resources & Talent, its just we have to utilize them. Recommend

  • Usman Torontowalla
    Apr 11, 2015 - 4:16PM

    We the people of Pakistan support Islamic principles & the sanctity of the holy sites in the Hejaz. There is nothing Islamic about absolute monarchies which waste money on yachts,mansions,casinos,stables. Invest your God gifted money on education,research, science & technology, treat all Arab & non-Arab equally before the law, and institute Islamic principles of participative & inclusive decision making process surrounding government, than you would see Pakistani people supporting…….On the other hand if you followed Islamic principles you would not face this messRecommend

  • Saleem
    Apr 11, 2015 - 4:56PM

    Who do these sheikhs think they are. Fight your own wars and stop funding terrorists in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khalid Mahmood Zaidi
    Apr 11, 2015 - 5:04PM

    yemen didn’t threat us, uae has. Perhaps we should invade UAE. Might be an easier solution to dealing with this threat.Recommend

  • waseem
    Apr 11, 2015 - 5:05PM

    This is all about Saudia Vs Iran
    Is anyone concerned about Yemen and Yemeni’s? what is best for them, last of which is being a destroyed ground of proxy wars. Recommend

  • Manzoor Gilani
    Apr 11, 2015 - 5:17PM

    Pakistan parliament decisions rests on national interest and aspirations to respect the nations and their integrity and sovereignty world over not withstanding the aspirations of rulers of the nation states, be it monarchs or democrats .pakistanis give their blood and sweat to build gulf states on peanut wages as against Europeans and Americans workers.it is time for dictatorial monarchies to give way to democratic monarchy and accept the realities of era. Recommend

  • Adam
    Apr 11, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Keep your money. In fact, the valiant people of Pakistan will endure heavy taxation to throw your money back at your face. We are not just talk, and we shall prove that soon.

    Sarcasm alert.Recommend

  • naveed
    Apr 11, 2015 - 5:37PM

    My Dear UAE Minister, you are kindly requested to consider following requests: 1- Plz Dare not to Threaten Pakistan, we are your sincere friends & want to keep you out of conflict, 2- We know both you and Iran has close relations with India; threatening our existence since 1947, 3- we are fighting against the problems/ terrorists funded by our so called Brothers and Friends; so are too busy except to extend diplomatic help in conflict received, 4- hope you will consider our point of view and will surely reconcile your Threats to my Nation; being against the diplomatic Norms as well as Tolerance level of my Nation. 5- request Iranian friends to stop meddling in affairs of Saudi n gulf affairs as it will not bring anything good to you; A well wisher from Proud Pakistani Nation, Regards. Naveed from Karachi, Pakistan Recommend

  • TN
    Apr 11, 2015 - 6:17PM

    Yemen is an independent state and Saudis have made a BIG mistake by attacking it when they cannot protect their own country. The suicide bombers can play havoc!
    Now you want other countries including Pakistan to clean their dirty laundry.
    Thank God for our armed forces that the terrorists are on the run and sending them to fight for Saudis would have had reversed the results. Basically we are at war and lets focus on our own problems.
    UAE and other gulf countries should send most of their troops because they don’t face any immediate threat.
    Congratulations to our leaders for the wise decision! Recommend

  • British Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2015 - 6:58PM

    Who is the UAE to threaten Pakistan? I haven’t seen no gulf Arab country participate in any of Pakistans wars. We have nothing to do with the Persian Arab conflict and should stay out. Mercenary militaries threatening Pakistan hahaha. How is it contradictory if we stay neutral? They haven’t even supported us against India but we should fight their wars.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Apr 11, 2015 - 7:00PM

    These countries were equally responsible along with USA to push us into Afghanistan.
    We should know what is better for us and our forces. No more exploitation by the rich rulers to help maintain their rules over their countriesRecommend

  • ishrat salim
    Apr 11, 2015 - 7:04PM

    Mr UAE minister, try & threaten Oman who is your immediate neighbor, & has refused to join your coalition….try India, why not ?Recommend

  • bash gul
    Apr 11, 2015 - 7:20PM

    Can these ministers from the gulf monarchies speak to the west in this manner?Recommend

  • zeenat
    Apr 11, 2015 - 7:20PM

    I am surprised at the UAE minister’s statement he sounds like a spoilt child. If you are not with me you are against me. Iran is our neighbor and we want good relationships with all. UAE uses our cheap labor doesn’t even have the grace to treat our people fairly. A European doing the same job will be payed 4 times more than a Pakistani. They use our country whenever they want for sport and all our corrupt politicians are bolstering their economy. The UAE govt wants to play fair then become grown mature men and fight your own warsRecommend

  • SAK
    Apr 11, 2015 - 7:36PM

    Dear Foreign Minister…enough of your Arab arrogance and petro- dollar earned elderly brotherhood. I’m observing all the limits of decency and unable to express my present feelings on your undiplomatic and ill advised statement of threats. I would say please don’t jump out of your dirty stinking socks and know your worth when a small brigade of Saddam Hussain made your paints wet. Recommend

  • SAK
    Apr 11, 2015 - 7:38PM

    We aren’t their brothers as well.@Woz Ahmed: Recommend

  • IGK
    Apr 11, 2015 - 7:44PM

    We work hard to earn a living here in the Gulf countries – no one is doing us a favor – Gulf countries have been using Pakistan as a chowkidar – Pakistan’s decision to remain neutral will surely send a clear message that Pakistan needs to be respected Recommend

  • MD. Ansari
    Apr 11, 2015 - 8:16PM

    Wise decision by politician, why should we be involved in your war and for your ambition, when we got four humiliating defeat from India,did you helped? do you help us in our ambition of seizing Kashmir? do you help us when India thrashes us in every world cup cricket matches? There are many problems to be solved in pakistan, we don’t have power,money and army to spend for you who treat us as third grade peopleRecommend

  • sadia
    Apr 11, 2015 - 8:19PM

    The Arabs have never respected Pakistanis and never will. Why should we involve ourselves in their imperialistic endeavours. They are behaving as if the Pakistani soldiers are guns for hire. As for their threats, their economies are built on our sweat, blood and tears. Let them do their worst.Once and for all we can break the shackles of petro dollars.Recommend

  • hellodrsoul
    Apr 11, 2015 - 8:53PM

    I did not know before this moment that UAE has a minister for foreign affairs.Recommend

  • A concerned Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2015 - 9:06PM

    Well done! For a chance Pakistan stood for itself! They were not there to help us why would we?Recommend

  • Junaid
    Apr 11, 2015 - 9:38PM

    Dont understand why UAE Minister is so much annoyed? if it all it should be Saudis!!Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:01PM

    Who made this guy a foreign minister who is supposed to be the top diplomat representing the country. He sounds more like a TTP spokesperson, using similar language and threats.Recommend

  • ahsan
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:05PM

    Dear foreigner dictator minister,we are ‘friends’ not slaves.Could you tell us in how many wars you guys has helped us.Its your war not ours and we owe you nothing to be honest.Our parlimant has decided to stay neautral,how come it is ambiguous? its not rocket sciene!!
    so pls respect our decision and handle it by yourself and dont youdare to threaten us ever again!Recommend

  • ahsan
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:07PM

    @sadia:
    I agree!Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:12PM

    Gen Raheel Sharif had already hinted at not wanting to join this war but it’s good that the parlaiment nods in agreement. Signs of a mature democracy taking shape in Pakistan hope this continuesRecommend

  • Sattar Rind
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:17PM

    its outstanding decision of Pakistan army…not to be part of Arab – Iran war Recommend

  • musavvir
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:38PM

    childish statement….. we are in a state of war and fighting difficult war without any support. gulf security is important for us as well but we are not in a position to jump into another war. 1lack,72,000 soliders are already fighting in the western side, and there are threats from the eastern side as well. in the end “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood” hope you would understand.Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:42PM

    Mr. Minister,

    While we share the same religion, we are very different in our hopes and aspirations. You wish to subjugate us through money and export of fanaticism, while we are finally coming around to valuing Pakistani lives and realizing our potential! Good luck with you warRecommend

  • nadeem
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:43PM

    Let’s weather this storm with dignity and spine. These bedouins need us more than we need them. And oh yes, this is another reminder that we better start collecting income tax from our tax dodging citizens. Unless we fill up our treasury, we will always be blackmailed by this, that or the other. Recommend

  • Naeem Majid
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:47PM

    What kind of threat is UAE making.
    Are they going to send there tin pot soldiers to fight against Pakistani soldiers?Recommend

  • Naeem Majid
    Apr 11, 2015 - 10:56PM

    These corrupt Gulf Arabs are angry because Nawaz Shariff promised to send Pakistan army.
    So they should now ask Nawaz Shariff to come with his brother and fight for themRecommend

  • ilas
    Apr 11, 2015 - 11:21PM

    Amazing how brave these coalition of Arab countries are by bombing Yemen.
    Why can they not bomb Israel?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 11, 2015 - 11:22PM

    Arabs didn’t know mentality of our elite, establishment and leaders. They did not know that their brotherhood slogans, fort of Islam, same blood and other B.S. was just a cash grab. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 11, 2015 - 11:29PM

    “How dare you threaten us.
    We are your loyal brothers, not your slaves”
    @ Woz Ahmed,

    But we are those kind of loyal brothers who turn their backs at the crucial time.Recommend

  • cautious
    Apr 11, 2015 - 11:36PM

    Arab unity is as mythical as the overused Ummah nonsense – doesn’t exist. Even when the Arabs united to fight Israel they were stabbing each other in the back. Anyone who thinks Arabs would shed blood for Pakistan is deluded – you are a cheap workforce to perform menial work. Recommend

  • Ismail Samy
    Apr 11, 2015 - 11:55PM

    The UAE and other Gulf countries are supporting millions of workers from countries like India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka etc. who outnumber Pakistani workers in almost each country in the Gulf. Yet none of these countries have been approached for military and logistic support in the current Yemen crisis.The UAE minister needs to look at the map once again. Iran has a common border with Pakistan. Why should Pakistan create hostilities with another neighbor on its western border? India on its eastern border has always been hostile towards Pakistan. It is only now since his country feels threatened that the Minister has begun looking towards Pakistan for assistance. When work visas get issued, the other nations are given preference over Pakistan. Those countries get billions of dollars in remittances from their workers, with Pakistan just getting a fraction. Mr. Minister be with us during your good times and the Pakistanis will be with you during your bad times. Pakistanis are a nation that never forgets its good friends. The Pakistan government has not backed out and has committed that if the territorial integrity of S Arabia is threatened, it will act. On the other hand, Pakistan is endeavoring to bring a peaceful solution to the crisis through diplomatic means, a move that should be appreciated. Lets keep our fingers crossed on this. Recommend

  • Ali Mujtaba
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:10AM

    To the UAE:

    Will you offer to send your troops to assist Pakistan if India were to attack us?Recommend

  • Ali Mujtaba
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:16AM

    Furthermore, Allah alone is sufficient at safeguarding the two holiest sites of Islam. The Arab sheikhs should stop using religious blackmail as a tool for safeguarding their petty little kingdoms. Our soldiers will not be a party to the genocide of innocent civilians in Yemen which is furthering Israel’s interests in the region.Recommend

  • raja
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:39AM

    KSA/Jordan?Qatar?UAE … all have 150B$/year defense budget and close 400,000 army. They bombing a poor country with 1-2 B$ budget. Yemen is already 50% controlled by Alqueda. So they are acting like AlQueda airforce. Let Al Queda just take over Yemen. Asking Pakistan was just a hoke which a defense budget of 5-10B$ and 40% army busy fighting Alqueda types near its border.

    This what they did i Syria by funding/promoting ISIS. If Syria was poorer they would have also bombed Assad(shia). Only 4 planes to BOMB ISIS( whhabi) while 100+ to bomb Yemen(shias).

    They should send the invite to all the Jihad camps funded by KSA/Qatar money and send them to work with AlQueda in Yemen. So we now have making of 4 wahhabi countries:

    KSA, Egypt, Raqqa/Mosul and Yemen.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:47AM

    Some one should tell UAE that the Assembly resolution is not binding; it is just to keep Iran in good humor by playing “Good Cop and Bad Cop” policy just like “Good Terrorists (LeT) and Bad Terrorists (TTP)”.Recommend

  • MJ
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:09AM

    The combined military budget of UAE and KSA is more than entire Pakistani national budget. Why can’t these people fight their own oppressive wars? Better yet, UAE has some many South Indians working in their country. Ask Indian army to come and do their own dirty work. Arab armies are the biggest joke in the world. They cannot even take care of a rag tag group of freedom fighters.Recommend

  • tingu
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:10AM

    Hilarious….Own muslim umha brother threatening….Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:17AM

    Pakistan is not only an independent sovereign country but a Nuclear Power also which should not be forgotten by those who open their mouths against Pakistan. Arabs must help Arabs. Secondly so many countries including US are already in action and it is really very much astonishing and alarming to know that till now all of them have failed in Yemen to some extent. Say for example if Pakistan jumps in and restores the legitimate Hadi back on the throne as President then will Pakistan be honored or sidelined to give credit to US or GCC? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.comRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:32AM

    Hotees are not rebels they are fighting against forces loyal to the President who resigned and fled. Yemen is an independent country and action against a nation is against UN charter. Theses Shaikhs and Saudi Ruling clan spend their money in gambling, night clubs in Europe. Crazy for expensive automobiles and camels they can not fight. Remember all Arab forces were defeated by a tiny Israel and ultimately recognized Israel These Arab shaikhs can not see Iran progressing in every field and so are crying and suffer from Iran phobia.Recommend

  • N
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:54AM

    @Farhan:
    100% agree with you could not stop my laughing I will be the first person to follow your extremely sympathetic adviseRecommend

  • Hamid
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:00AM

    I am Persian , reading through all these comments , made me laugh . It seems that we all know the scores. Thank you Pakistan , it is payback time for all sheikhs ! Recommend

  • ali
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:16AM

    GCC coalition is 0+0+0….+0=0Recommend

  • Usman777
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:57AM

    this is what pakistan should say:

    We will never choose between our brothers. Whether they are from iran, ksa or yemen. Whether they are arab or persian. Whether they are shia or sunni. For the holy lands we are willing to lay down 180 milllion lives but we will not pick one brother over another. We would like to host a summit of muslim countries in islamabad to mediate the conflict. We are willing to be the glue between iran and ksa. The only people that benefit from a war between brothers is our real enemies. We are not neutral. We are partial to one position: peace amongst brothers. Recommend

  • Hugh Slaman
    Apr 12, 2015 - 4:13AM

    The UAE foreign minister is stretching the truth, if his words have been accurately translated.
    The Houthis do not pose anything like an existential threat, at present, to any of the Arab countries in this coalition.
    If or when they, or their patrons the Iranians, do pose such a threat, obviously Pakistan will be involved. The current level of threat within Yemen can easily be handled by the coalition forces, and there is as yet no need for Pakistan to be involved on the front lines.Recommend

  • Asad Munir
    Apr 12, 2015 - 4:37AM

    we can’t stay neutral with GCC & Saudi Arab n all we are too dependent on them consider next time there is a earthquake or any other calamity and these countries remain NEUTRAL on that ? For UAE all it has to do is deny our cricket team from using there stadium as home venue then good luck finding venues to use from Bangladesh and Sri-lanka . let alone all the pakistanis living there and the foreign exchange they send.

    My point being friends lets join GCC along with turkey and build Iran-pak pipeline thats how you stay neutral while being realistic.

    A state can only be neutral if it is economically stable which unfortunately we are not.Recommend

  • Assad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 4:48AM

    @Salman Hasan:
    Iranians are no angels. Pakistan finds itself stuck in this situation due to the selfish expansionist policies of Iran and the Arab reaction to this expansion.

    Both the Arabs and the Iranians are responsible for this mess and they need to work this out on their own.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 12, 2015 - 5:14AM

    The Pakistan Government has shown its true colours to the Royals and the Sheikhs who are in control of the energy which the world industry relies on and the cosmic energy which is exclusive for the Ummah when they pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
    Iranian Khameni wants Shia control over the Islamic holy places which the Egyptians and the Jordanians failed to protect it from the Israilites and very soon the Saudis will no longer be able to protect those in their territory.
    What says the people of Pakistan and their civilian and military leadership is the question of our time? Do they consider themselves responasible for he protection of the Islamic holy places or not?
    ..

    Rex Minor . Recommend

  • Azhar
    Apr 12, 2015 - 5:22AM

    Did UAE not provide an non Arab country against an neighbour Arab Govt. At that time where was their Arab pride n brotherhood.Recommend

  • prashanth
    Apr 12, 2015 - 6:31AM

    @Woz Ahmed: How dare you threaten us.
    We are your loyal brothers, not your slaves !

    I got news for you Ahmed. Everybody knows Pakistan has slept with US for cash.
    You cannot be choosers, name your price!Recommend

  • insan
    Apr 12, 2015 - 6:37AM

    we will not intervene in yemen war,to us yemen and other gulf countries are our brothers,,,we rather mediate to solve the problemRecommend

  • Lahori badshah
    Apr 12, 2015 - 6:50AM

    It’s an eye opener for the turds who are blinded by their wealth, in hate and extremism now preaching their terrorists ideology all over the world, it’s probably the first time that in its sorry history Pakistan have made the correct desicion !!!Recommend

  • Karachi 3
    Apr 12, 2015 - 6:53AM

    Just release the names and details of all properties and assets owned by Pakistani’s in UAE.We will have enough tax to stand on our feet brother.Do us this favour pleaseRecommend

  • Tariq
    Apr 12, 2015 - 6:59AM

    @Farhan: Maybe you can volunteer for fight for the budusRecommend

  • blacksheep
    Apr 12, 2015 - 7:15AM

    Muslims must always stay united!! With that said, Pakistan is a powerful advanced military Nation….pathetic little UAE needs to keep it’s little mouth shut and Saudis with their muliaat and terrorists support that has spilled so much muslim blood do not deserve our support…Saudis are no friends of ours or muslims! Recommend

  • Adam
    Apr 12, 2015 - 7:20AM

    In July 2009, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and de facto defence chief, said Zardari was “dirty but not dangerous” and that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was “dangerous but not dirty — this is Pakistan”.
    – Wikileaks.

    So now you know just how dangerous Mian Nawaz Sharif (and indeed all of Pakistan) is !!!Recommend

  • Moeed Amjad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 7:44AM

    Do good and have good. Recommend

  • observer
    Apr 12, 2015 - 7:45AM

    Haven’t we seen this drama before in the case of American drone strikes where the Pak Establishment officially kept claiming it never gave authorization to the Americans while having done exactly that secretly?

    One can’t but avoid a sense of dejavu. Pakistani troops and equipment have already been sent to Saudi Arabia. The two pilots saved by US navy a few days ago off the coast of Yemen were Pakistani air force personnel.

    This official denial charade through the parliament is just for public consumption.Recommend

  • observer
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:14AM

    @Salman:

    Gen Raheel Sharif had already hinted at not wanting to join this war but it’s good that the parlaiment nods in agreement. Signs of a mature democracy taking shape in Pakistan hope this continues

    @Salman, not so fast. Do you really believe that Pakistan isn’t already deeply involved in the Yemen fighting on behalf of the Saudis? Why isn’t there a single news report in Saudi newspapers about Pakistani denial? Do you really believe that Pakistani Establishment would deny the Saudi request? Let’s not be naive.

    Pakistani Establishment is just playing a game with its people as usual. As we speak, Pak troops are fighting the Saudi war. Recommend

  • M Saleem Chaudhry
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:19AM

    What made foreign minister of UAE to say that Pakistan ‘s decision was dangerous and unexpected? Some journalists say that Nawaz Sharif and his ministers gave commitment to Saudi rulers with out consulting army and parliament and had to eat their words after decision of Parliament and army not to enter Yemen war. If this is true then let the perpetrators face the consquences.Recommend

  • Raza
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:52AM

    @SS: get your self checked for mental healthRecommend

  • Abdul Qadir
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:59AM

    Mr. Minister, don’t try to upset Pakistan. Do not listen to the Indians who are looting your country day and night. They are the silent threat to your country which you don’t feel. They have all the keys to the treasuries in your country, communication systems, and a lot more.
    Pay your attention to this threat, they can destroy you in one day, if they want, but they won’t as they are smart crooks, and they want to make more money to build India against the Muslim countries. When the Indians invade you one day, do not look at Pakistan for help!
    This is the Indian lobby in your country which gives you such silly ideas to talk against Pakistan. Do not forget that it was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who had taught you to be one nation of seven Emirates; Do not forget that it was PIA who had built Emirates. And, also do not forget that it was your war of 9/11 which was imposed upon Pakistan just because of your two pilots who were involved in this historic event. Learn diplomacy! the external powers are making Muslim countries fight with each other! Pakistan’s decision is correct to stay neutral in this situation!!!Recommend

  • Mahesh Patil
    Apr 12, 2015 - 9:33AM

    These Arab countries have all sophisticated military warfare you name but do not know how to handle them and Pakistan is not helping them which button to push so they are upset.They played enough games with Muslims of other countries to extent Wahhabi culture and when fire is at their door step,they have panicked. Recommend

  • Frank
    Apr 12, 2015 - 10:29AM

    Pakistan has made a total mess of this. Iran is a threat to all including Pakistan and doing nothing about Iranian interference in neighbouring countries just isn’t an option. The well-off liberals and expats writing on this board won’t be the ones to suffer when Arabs pay us back for our cowardice, betrayal and stupidity.Recommend

  • mohmad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:20AM

    @SS:
    arabs so lazzy they never worked never fought and as always want some one else do his dirty jobs this small country in perssian gulf suporting saudi no nobody can say they are country but like private property owned by some familly and their bos are west and sooner or later will be taking over by their peopleRecommend

  • Imran
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:26AM

    Agreed
    @Ali: Recommend

  • Khurram
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:46AM

    Its time to send peace corps to Yemen under an agreed scope of involvement, staying away is not an option in this time as Pakistan has lots of stakes in the gulf nations.

    Perhaps current government is completely oblivious on these turn of events and do not have any sense of consequences of going in any direction.Recommend

  • JSM
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:08PM

    What happened to the wish list Pakistan was preparing for helping KSA against Yemen.Recommend

  • Omar Farooq
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:22PM

    I fully understand the possible consequences of staying neutral in this conflict and i solidly believe that its the best decision made under the circumstances. Recommend

  • British Diplomat
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Waaow…. Nice to see that UAE is threatening a country who can destroy UAE states in only 5 minutes !!! Dear UAE Minister if Pakistan call back all their labour from UAE then U would have no chance to prosper but to cry. So it should be Pakistan threatning UAE not UAE threatning Pakistan. Pakistan have never asked for your military assistance in War on Terror instead they are fighting alone against Terrorism. Being a friend doesn’t mean that Pakistan should support you in your wrong doings…. Recommend

  • Waheed Ahmad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:26PM

    Pakistan’s decision not to involve practically in Yemen conflict may pose threat to its own economy.It is estimated that more than three million Pakistani nationals are working in GCC countries and they are remitting about USD.1.5 Billion per month to Pakistan. If GCC countries decided to expel all Pakistani nationals it will cause huge economic problems for Pakistan. Govt. of Kuwait has already banned visa for Pakistanin nationals since long time. Historically, GCC countries have been always helping Pakistan.

    Pakistan should have taken its own stand instead of consulting Iran and Turkey because Iran and Turkey have been always hostile towards Arab countries. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:09PM

    Dear Saudia Arabia and UAE

    My advise to you take help from India and Iran. We will not send our army to help you Thank you very much. Recommend

  • Singh
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:40PM

    Pak’s position is like that of a snake who got a lizard in its mouth & who can not swallow it or does not want to leave it. @sameer: Recommend

  • tauseef
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:59PM

    The way these Arabs treat Pakistanis is disgusting. I believe that Pakistan has taken a right decision in staying neutral as Iran is our neighbors and respect Pakistanis as compare to arrogant Arabs.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:21PM

    Pakistan must return the 1.5 billion dollars the Saudis gifted. There is no such thing as a gift.Recommend

  • Yasmin Kirmani
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:48PM

    Why UAE didn’t ask India for help , their favourite when it comes to Kashmir .Recommend

  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:48PM

    The honorable minister needs a course in international relations ! Let us examine the case in Yemen. The country is at war with itself be it in sectarian terms or otherwise depending on one’s own inclination. SA is not under attack! Even if it is it should be able to take care itself! Last year it was world’s biggest importer of arms and appeared to be the Mr . Muscleman of middel east when it marched into Bahrain in a much publicized event. Yemen’s dispute has not been fully addressed in UN. The much publicized meeting of the Arab countries was a tea party coference rather than anything else. Their combined Armies are theoratically good enough to interfere in Yemen and restore peace but NO they want Pakistan to shed blood! Pakistan has just embarked on a fragile democracy and the Parliament has quite rightly said no to interference in Yemen but Yes to coming to SA help if the need arose. What is wrong in this? The minister’s implied threats are easy to understand but let me remind him the economic prosperity of their countries is built on he blood sweat of poor pakistani labourers who toil under inhuman coditions but never complain. Pakistan needs friends and will respond to their genuine needs but not under duress. we make our decisions!Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Apr 12, 2015 - 5:25PM

    We all believed Allah not Saudi Arabia because they wants help or duty .first they decided than taking with us.Recommend

  • a_writer
    Apr 12, 2015 - 9:30PM

    For all those commenters suggesting that Pakistan should tell Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations to, essentially, ‘go to hell’ and that ‘our honor is more important than your money’- such bravado is to exhilarating and commendable. However, have you considered what would happen to your foreign remittance if all the gulf countries cancel the work visas of Pakistanis and send them all back home? Some of you, please do reply and let us know what the plan is in such a case. Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Apr 12, 2015 - 10:11PM

    Current decision of Pakistan proves that democracy is always stronger than dictatorship. Full marks for Pakistan. Time to put Arabs in their right slot. Pakistan is bound to get more respect from entire word for this decision. I as an India applaud Pakistan. Pakistan is much stronger than all the Arab countries combined. Time to behave that way too. Recommend

  • danish
    Apr 13, 2015 - 3:58AM

    I have a very good suggestion for the UAE minister….”Sir,why don’t you make a coalition of the Muslim world against the barbarism of Israel against the innocent Palestinians and why not make a Muslim world coalition against india committing atrocities against the innocent kashmiris then we will send our troops and jets and join That coalition very happily”Recommend

  • AXH
    Apr 13, 2015 - 6:27AM

    Why should Pakistan send its troops in this turmoil when it is a mess created by these Arab countries? Did ANY of these countries utter even a single word when 140 of our innocent kids were slaughtered by those who practice the ideology of these “brotherly” countries? Did ANY of these “brotherly” countries help the Palestinians when Israel was slaughtering them? Pakistan has been fighting its war for far too long, did any of these “brotherly” countries ever came to its help? As for Yemen, it is the Chicken coming home to roost. When you spread hatred in the world in the name of your sick ideology, this is bound to happen.Recommend

  • bajwa
    Apr 13, 2015 - 12:54PM

    It would take half a battalion of Pakistan Army to capture whole of UAE. Recommend

  • marco
    Apr 13, 2015 - 2:08PM

    @Woz Ahmed: Wake up!!! So far you’ve thought of them as brothers, while they’ve treated you as slaves. Recommend

  • Hunter
    Apr 13, 2015 - 5:03PM

    UAE has just shown that they treat Pakistan not as brothers but as third rate servants and slaves. UAE has shown their contempt of Pakistan. On the other hand, Pakistan has always behaved with UAE as if they are ingratiating slaves who have no dignity. This UAE comment has shown Pakistan, its place in the Muslim and Arab order. Wake up and smell the koffee. Pakistanis must be hanging their low dignity heads in shame.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 13, 2015 - 8:09PM

    I feel so sad after reading so immature statement by UAE minister.
    Actually they dont have any idea of republic countries (due to kingdomship)
    Mr. Minister I want to ask u
    Who came to support against TTP ???
    Who consider india its big friend ????
    Who prefers other nationalities overs Pakistanis ??????

    Ofcourse u people
    u arabic people
    indeed u guys have alot of God gifted money and reserves of oil because of which, you guys consider yourself as God.
    You arabic need to correctify morally, socially amd ethically.
    sorry to say that UAE doesn’t have even a single right to talk about Pakistan because we never expect from Uae and they never consider us as brother Muslim country.
    We will definitely defend Saudi arabia in case of risk to teritorial integrity of Saudia.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Apr 14, 2015 - 3:20PM

    im really glad to hear that we are not going to help UAE they treats us like slaves. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Apr 14, 2015 - 7:09PM

    @NY:and Nawaz Shareef Zardari and other gangs are to save their properties and businessRecommend

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