Neutrality in war: Imran takes credit for parliament’s verdict on Yemen

Published: April 12, 2015
Says clauses added to resolution on PTI’s initiative. PHOTO: REUTERS

Says clauses added to resolution on PTI’s initiative. PHOTO: REUTERS


Less than 24 hours after parliament passed a unanimous resolution keeping Pakistan out of the Yemen conflict, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took credit for the decision, saying it was his party that blocked out the possibility of any clandestine deal.

The five-day debate at the joint session on Saudi Arabia’s request for Pakistan to join the Gulf military coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen ended with federal lawmakers advising the government against participating in the war. However, the lawmakers supported the administration’s commitment to protect the kingdom’s territory if it were to come under a threat.

“It was on the PTI’s initiative, supported by key opposition parties, that many critical clauses were included in the resolution,” Imran Khan said in a statement. “The PTI is convinced that Pakistan should not get involved in someone else’s war, and only by remaining neutral can Pakistan play an effective role in mediation and peace-making.”

Imran congratulated parliament on passing the resolution that “secures Pakistan’s national interests by preventing it from getting embroiled in someone else’s war”.

Recalling his 2004 speech in the parliament, the PTI chief said he had urged the government to stay out of the US war on terror and not send troops to Waziristan.

“But underhand commitments were made,” he said, “and the devastating results on Pakistan and its people can be seen today, with over 50,000 dead, over $1 billion loss to the country’s economy and a polarised polity battling resurgent terrorism.”

About returning to the assemblies, Imran said: “Despite my natural instinct of not returning to the assemblies until the report of the judicial commission is out, I made the decision to return to convey my party’s position on a vital national issue, and the resolution has vindicated this decision.”

He said the Yemen conflict and sending Pakistani troops to fight there was an important national issue. “I felt the PTI must play its role and impact the national policy.”

The PTI believes working “diplomatically to end the war in Yemen through the United Nations Security Council and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation”.

Parliament has made a “wise decision to maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict, a true reflection of the people’s opinion”, added Imran.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Zaid
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:04AM

    Take credit for everything……looks like i made a mistake by voting for him……anyone else in the same boat? Recommend

  • baba
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:12AM

    Imran Khan is one of the best politicians we have. He is not perfect, but he is a middle of the road patriot. Imran khan did his best to keep our country Neutral in this Yemen war. Imran Khan is very sensible unlike Sheikh Nawaz Sharif who is a stooge of the Saudi Royal family.Recommend

  • Haider
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:14AM

    Imran Khan truly deserves to get credit.We all know what were Nawaz Sharif’s plans.In order to avoid negitivity he went with parliament.And do you the resolution passed has major points of what PTI said in their draft…
    Nawaz Sharif said before “Any threat to Saudia’s territory, sovereignty will evoke strong response from PakistanRecommend

  • ny
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:19AM

    Sensationalist title. He really didnt take credit. All he said was that “PTI’s resolutions were made part of the joint resolution” which is 100% true. It was PTI which made the loudest noise against intervention in Yemen. PMLN ministers had displayed eagerness to listen to their Saudi ministers; this is no hidden fact. In fact, I think ET itself even published a piece before the debate that said both the PPP and PMLN agreed to send soldiers to Yemen.

    Anyways ET, kindly work on your title next time. Hope you publish my comment and accept it as constructive criticism.Recommend

  • Sohail Abbasi
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:23AM

    Zaid maybe he is immature maybe he is a U-Turn khan but my brother he is million times better than zardari and nawaz sharif no body is perfect in this world we have a lot of expectations from IK but do you have any other option other then Nawaz & Zardari??Recommend

  • Jahangir
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:36AM

    My fear is when the poor Pakistani workers start getting kicked out of the Gulf countries, Mr Khan would say he was against passing this resolution. This is based on his track record.Recommend

  • liaqat ali
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:39AM

    Govt and Pakistan in truoble because of that . Let Govt and army together make decisons in national interest and not under presuure from somebody unstable . Pakistan has been called first time by Saudi to help them. We should not pout boots on ground in Yemen but be care ful in dealing with your reliable ally unlike Iran who has always been a bit hostile . Recommend

  • saleem
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:39AM

    @zaid, brave leader, didn’t vote for him last time, but will vote for him next time. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:47AM

    We all know that we now have a more evolved Parliamentary democracy – and this is the reason why we have been able to resist the call to arms. it is very different for a country like Egypt where there’s only field Marshall Sisi Recommend

  • Majazi
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:59AM

    Indeed Imran Khan was the one to openly oppose sending troops and the one to advocate mediating peace. He did give voice to opinions of all self respecting Pakistanis before anybody else did. He had clearly stated on 27th March that Pakistan should play negotiating role rather than take part in Yemen war and all started humming similar tunes thereafter.

  • Ashraf
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:12PM

    Imran Khan has shown that he has NO substance or exposure to become a Global or National leader. He is good for KPK or FATA politics. You don’t discuss international issues openly and there are some diplomatic norms. Speaking truth between the lines is an art to deal with regional and international issues where we have stakes. He should have provided guidance for face saving on the Saudi request rather making statements to isolate Pakistan. He is unlikely to gain international acceptability, I’m afraid, his political ambitions will not last longer when he leads Pakistan. International diplomacy is not a game of cricket. Recommend

  • roarwali
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:56PM

    There is no doubt he made it a national issue. If anyone doubt read the chronicles of the events unfold from the day, SA asked Pakistan’s support. Recommend

  • Sami
    Apr 12, 2015 - 12:58PM

    ET blame IK as much as you can to safeguard the Status quo, but People are Aware that powerfuls form alliance to restrict the path of emerging forces.Recommend

  • Armu
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:05PM

    Zaid if you vote for a good guy and that guy makes a few mistakes is better than VOTING FOR CORRUPTS..

    Just Saying !!!!Recommend

  • Haider
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:19PM

    Imran spoke the most for neutrality….Resolution passed has major points which PTI stated in their draft…We all know what was PM idea.”Any threat to Saudia’s territory will evoke strong response from Pakistan”Imran deserves to take creditRecommend

  • Hadi
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:22PM

    Man can’t you just once not be selfish and egoistic? This is where you should have not been selfish and congratulated the Parliament which as a whole denounced getting involved in someone else war because they knew it would be bad for the country. No one did it for you! Recommend

  • Observer
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:32PM

    Takes credit while he even did not vote for resolutionRecommend

  • Fahad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Yes he did make them put neutrality clause. Najam Sethi and other analysts have mentioned it several times. Even voters need to educate themselves.Recommend

  • hamaad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 1:53PM

    Its not 1 billion dollars ,correct thatRecommend

  • Blithe
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:42PM

    @Sohail Abbasi:
    Then why don’t you vote with your feet and move to kpk , where there is such a ” brain gain ” going on ( not ! ).

    Stop fooling us! Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:43PM

    He’s slowly learning politics……..Recommend

  • Blithe
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:45PM

    Yes , he is the best thing since sliced bread . And after the multam stadium deaths , he cajoled the families by sponsoring a member in each family to work in Dubai and Oman ( not the “improving ” kpk)…Recommend

  • Roadkashehzada
    Apr 12, 2015 - 2:49PM

    see IK what can be done by sitting in assembly.
    Anyway, it’s a bad decision. Next time our economy will need dollars, ksa will have to consider it’s relations with India. We have lost a vital ally along with smaller states of the region. I hope now Iran will compromise on gas rates and waive damages for delay in pipeline construction. Also I hope their guards won’t tresspass Pakistan and kill Pakistanis and their generals will be more considerate to our sovereign landRecommend

  • Frank
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:03PM

    I hope Imran Khan won’t forget this boast when 3 million Pakistanis are expelled from the Gulf as a consequence of it.Recommend

  • tauseef
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:05PM

    Good job done and please keep it up PTI.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 3:40PM

    The main reason behind Intruder’s entry in Parliament and neutral stand in Yemen crises was Mian Sahib’s opportunism and staying in power at any cost. Opportunists of PML(N), PTI and PPP’s corrupt leaders have destroyed nation’s future by not taking stand with our friends and brothers. Politicians have followed same course which Military Government of Musharaf adopted after 9/11. Americans were fooled for obvious reason but Arabs don’t tolerate such hypocrites. Imran’s next project should be to change name of Faisalabad city and Faisal Mosque.Recommend

  • saad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 5:18PM

    Dude, Wazirstan is in Pakistan and Yemen is not.Recommend

  • Gulbano
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:31PM

    if this is your boat then i have a drill machine ready to put a hole in that boat. Are you out of your mind to say what you said? Mr. Imran has a vision to take pakistan out of the mess it is already in and you should thank him for stopping pakkies to get into another messy situation. Get up and smell some coffee. Recommend

  • javed
    Apr 13, 2015 - 2:50AM

    Indian, Philippine, nepaali, usa, European is neutral but not threatened for its position.Recommend

  • AAK
    Apr 13, 2015 - 3:08AM

    Like all others Imran Khan has himself started dirty politics and is only concerned about forming his own government and becoming Premier.Recommend

  • Zaid
    Apr 13, 2015 - 3:15AM

    Perhaps your need of caffeine is more dire as compared to mine sir. You apparently misinterpreted my comment (which is surprising to say the least). I’m not against his decision of blocking Pak Military intervention. In fact intervention of any country is a disgusting term in my dictionary. What i meant to say was that IK should not take sole credit for a decision that was unanimous in the parliament (except Nawaz ofcourse). There were plenty of politicians and parties against the yemeni intervention. So IK’s decision is not unique but rather logical. Recommend

  • Humza
    Apr 13, 2015 - 3:35AM

    @baba: Imran Khan deserves no credit for this decision. It is the maturity of Nawaz Sharif who decided to take all stake holders into discussion and do what is best for the nation. I personally think Pakistan has an obligation to get involved and serve in bringing stability to Yemen but I have to respect the will of parliament and the electorate. Someone who is immature as Imran Khan is doesn’t understand respecting the wishes of the majority. His dharnas and anti state behavior turned me off him long ago even though I used to be a PTI member.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 13, 2015 - 8:44AM

    The parliament which has been declaired ilegal by IK is now paramount for him . Wnat a U tern though it is well for the country but goes against the concept of Ummat . One day the same parliament and leaders will have to take U tern on the Kashmir and Israeil issue on the name of national intrest . I bet you all……Recommend

  • fahad
    Apr 13, 2015 - 11:03AM

    I live and work in the gulf states. But i would still support Imran Khan. He is the man. I will sacrifice my job for my country.Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Apr 13, 2015 - 11:32AM

    Usual tantrums of Imran Khan. Ignore him. Recommend

  • waqas
    Apr 13, 2015 - 12:38PM

    Love the joke Humza!!Recommend

  • Bukhari
    Apr 13, 2015 - 3:45PM

    Imran is the one who said that we should be negotiator rather than part of the war. Visionary leader. Anyone who did mistake to vote for him. Don’t vote for him next time, stop babbling. Recommend

  • tariq shah
    Apr 13, 2015 - 11:56PM

    I disagree with Imran….Waziristan war was good as it was our war.

    Yemen is not our war.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 14, 2015 - 12:26AM

    Unless Pakistan establishes an institution like the one in France where future political leaders recive their education and training, Pakistan would not avoid being confronted by zardaris and sharifs or parvez and gillanis and occasionaly a khan from the world of sport.
    In the 21st century a country is either for or against the world conflicts.
    Saudi Government is considering to declare Pakistan current leadership as non muslims, thereby preventing Haj pilgrimage to Mecca for them?.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Javed
    Apr 14, 2015 - 6:38AM

    Naiz was saved by the massacre of school children in Peshawar, in short a benficiary of the that tragedy. Taliban and Niawaz are product general Zia, so taliban came to his rescue. This massacre probably planned in saudi arabia. There are many supporter of taliban and niawaz sharif in saudi arabia.

    When Pakistan went to war saudi looked the other way. They treat Indian better than Pakistani. Ofcourse Pakistanis are more flamboyant than indian but that doesn’t explain all.
    If saudi lend invest 20 bollion then only Pakistan canconsider. Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Apr 14, 2015 - 8:48PM


    Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis work and live in these countries , i hope IK will take credit too when they get kicked out .


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