Yemen conflict: UAE's warning to Pakistan unacceptable and ironic, says Nisar

Published: April 12, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has condemned the United Arab Emirates statement, warning Pakistan of a “heavy price” over it’s ‘ambiguous views’ of the Yemen offensive, terming  it ‘unacceptable’ and a ‘violation of all diplomatic norms’, Express News reported. 

On Saturday, UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, accused Pakistan of favoring Iran over Gulf countries, terming its decision to remain neutral in the war “dangerous and unexpected”.

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

Deeming the statement as both ironic and a matter of concern, Nisar observed that the remarks violated all diplomatic norms and internationally-established ethical standards.

The interior minister maintained that the Pakistani nation is aware of its prestige and knows well to restore it.

Unanimous resolution backed govt’s commitment to protect Saudi territory. PHOTO: AFP

Nisar furthered said that Pakistan has brotherly sentiments for Saudi Arabia as well as the UAE but such remarks would not be tolerated and are unacceptable.

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

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Arab Parliament in the Arab league Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Jarwan also expressed his is disappointed with Parliament’s verdict of remaining neutral in the war and not providing ground or air support for the war-stricken Arab state.

Read: Yemen conundrum: Nawaz, Erdogan call for joint efforts to tackle unrest

On Friday, a joint session of the Parliament made a unanimous decision not to support the Saudi-led airstrikes, but reiterated that any threat to the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia would be dealt with befittingly.

According to analysts, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to release a statement on the aforementioned statement and defend the country’s recent stance adopted with consensus.

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  • Amir Khan
    Apr 12, 2015 - 7:58PM

    I was a supporter of Pakistan participating in this war along side Arab brotherly nations but after this warning by UAE I can clearly see Arabs treat us as footstool just like they treat pakistAnis in GCC countries.
    Please join me in thanking Nisar for showing Arabs their place. Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:05PM

    Army must be furious at the UAE and must have asked Nisar to say this…
    PML-N doesnt have it in them to say this themselves!Recommend

  • Ahmed Naim
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:07PM

    Thank you chaudary nisar the right statement for Arab fools. These countries won’t be able to run their nations without expats they know it very well.Recommend

  • zara
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:16PM

    Pakistan is playing a dangerous game.Its better to keep quiet.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:54PM

    The only man in the “neutral” Sharif Government.

    The only politician with a backbone in the government.

    The only ruler with some sense of self respect for this hapless helpless country. Recommend

  • Qayum
    Apr 12, 2015 - 8:59PM

    What about an interior minister commenting on foreign affairs? Is that acceptable?Recommend

  • Apr 12, 2015 - 9:06PM

    UAE’s government should respect the opinion of Pakistan’s people. If our parliament decided not to be a part of any conflict, then the whole world must respect our decision. Though Pakistan’s government is committed to defend Saudi Arabia in case of any event. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 9:06PM

    UAE and Saudi Arabia know our friendship and brotherhood but don’t know our anger. When we are very angry, we fall in the feet and beg for mercy.Recommend

  • Asma
    Apr 12, 2015 - 9:48PM

    Good statement by Mr. Khan, good job. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:22PM

    Well said Ch.Nisar………..thank you.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Apr 12, 2015 - 11:39PM

    Proud of Pakistan taking a stand,Recommend

  • mrajs
    Apr 13, 2015 - 2:26AM

    no more desert and old times to take over lands and territories by force. regional cooperation and talks for peace and security and understanding the peoples problems will be important to solve this issue. Recommend

  • Yasir
    Apr 13, 2015 - 2:26AM

    This image portraying something very interesting about Pakistan’s relations with some Arab countries

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=620571381410677&id=537993089668507Recommend

  • ZAK
    Apr 13, 2015 - 5:50AM

    No body or country can challenge Pakistan.
    I support Chaudry’s point of view.It voice of whole Pakistan.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Apr 13, 2015 - 6:06AM

    Some one tell these Yahoos that Pakistan is an independent country and not a dictatorship like Saudi Arabia and UEA. The Pakistani Parliament is elected by the people and not hand picked like most of the Arab countries, the government is answerable to the people. Majority of the people in Pakistan has given their verdict to stay away from this sectarian conflict. More over Saudi Arabia did not go through the UN and took this unilateral aggressive steps which are tantamount to aggression on a member of the UN which has not done any thing to the Saud regime. I can’t help but think that our leaders run to UAE for medical treatment when they sneeze ,i.e.Zardari. instead of establishing world class hospitals in Pakistan. They also deposit their ill gotten money and that is why the foreign minister thought that these members of the Parliament will jump when ordered either by Saud family or UAE dictators.One should go and see how they treat their imported labor to build their countries, they still practice slavery in the 21st century. UAE is a pip squeak country and is threatening Pakistan and it shows how low we have gotten in these Arabs eyes. We appreciate the interior minister’s response and let them know that Pakistan is not their satellite and could live with out them but can they live with out the umbrella of US, I bet not. Recommend

  • miristan
    Apr 13, 2015 - 7:35AM

    Today I am a proud Pakistani, Thanks Recommend

  • M Saleem Chaudhry
    Apr 13, 2015 - 8:07AM

    What made foreign minister of UAE say that Pakistan’ response on Yemen crisis was unexpected? Did our rulers make some commitment with out taking in confidence all concerned at home? This growing cleavage between close allies needs to be sorted out with out indulging in public cross talk and action/reaction. The decision of the parliament should have been conveyed by the representatives of our government at senior level through effective communication keeping in view the sensitivity of situation.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 13, 2015 - 8:58AM

    The meaning of the warning is very clear that monarch will also take a U tern and will start to nurish Oriental Islam to crush the followers of western Islam . So far petro doller have been used to unite muslims on the concept of Ummah but it was bound to nose crash . It is a golden opportunity to all educated muslims of the world to cash the moments of change specially by Indian muslims .Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:05AM

    UAE minister is trying to scare pakistAn just because of the wealth. He knows very well only Pakistan and Turkey have got the ground forces who have any chance with the houthis.
    Saudi and uae ground forces will be destroyed in Yemen.Recommend

  • Gadeer
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:09AM

    Foreign minister of UAE should spell out what actions will be taken against Pakistan. Once these actions are known appropriate steps can be taken against GCC countries.Recommend

  • Irtiza
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:10AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    You trying to be funny here, I suppose.Recommend

  • Anoni
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:12AM

    Let just be honest. When you are deeply knitted in relation like UAE- Pakistan. It is generally understood to toe the line.

    In Pakistan case due to internal issue and sectarian threat it couldn’t.

    Form UAE propective they felt hurt because still we are linked in more than just economic terms.

    I wiser move would have been to send in the army for defensive position in KSA. While maintaining neutrality.

    But Pakistan stance is valid. ….After all some one is needed to step in and stop this madness of war. Recommend

  • observer
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:32AM

    @Naeem Khan:
    “Some one tell these Yahoos that Pakistan is an independent country and not a dictatorship like Saudi Arabia and UEA. The Pakistani Parliament is elected by the people and not hand picked like most of the Arab countries, the government is answerable to the people.”

    It looks like you are naive or ignorant about Pakistan. Pakistan’s parliament and elected leaders are nothing more than a facade on the real power ruling the country, namely, the army. Recommend

  • bajwa
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:42AM

    Possible results for Pakistan:

    no aid form UAE
    no jobs for Pakistanis
    no cricket for Pakistan team
    no escape for fugitive politicians
    Recommend

  • Zubair
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:46AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    THis might be your apprach…Majority of Pakistanis are not like you. And For the first time, I have respect for Chaudhry Nisar!!! Weldone!Recommend

  • GI Joe
    Apr 13, 2015 - 9:46AM

    Where is the foreign minister of Pakistan?

    Oh wait, we don’t have one.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 13, 2015 - 10:19AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Yes that is typical of people like Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Apr 13, 2015 - 10:25AM

    The arabs have made a mockery of the faith. The Saudi’s have supported terrorism with money without any repercussions. The fact is the US will let them do as they please because its in the United States’s self-interest to sell them weapons. This is not a slight on the US – rather every country should and does take actions that serve their own self-interest.

    The arab countries could not run without labor from Pakistan & India – whom they use & abuse and consider trash. If you’re white (working in the arab states) you get paid more and are given better benefits even if you’re doing the same job. Now these morons want us to spill blood on the ground while they use the toys they bought to bomb Yemen while they are in the safety of a cockpit??? really????? As for being a Muslim country – thats a joke – Dubai … look at the advertisements for the country !!! does that look like a muslim county. Come to Dubai and party like a rockstar …. alcohol and women …. come on down. The Saudis have hurt Pakistan by exporting to our country the warped version of the faith.

    The arab hypocrisy is blatant. They have their women not driving & wearing the bat women outfit while the men wear western attire and have a great time.

    We (Pakistanis) should tell them to take a long walk off a short pier. Both may not like the other – but both Pakistanis and Arabs depend on each other. The reality is that there is no middle class in Pakistan unless some relative lives in the arab countries sending money back home. But the arabs can’t do jack for themselves so there may not be any repercussions other than Pakistan grabbing on to the little self-respect that it has left.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Apr 13, 2015 - 10:28AM

    In the current security and political situatiom of Middle east, I guess the Arabs need Pakistan more than we need them…..Bcz Pakistani forces are the only capable force that can help them…They know about the abilities of their forces :)Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Apr 13, 2015 - 10:36AM

    Who is he? Foreign minister of interior minister?Recommend

  • Apr 13, 2015 - 10:59AM

    It’s high time Pakistani politicos played the game according to wishes of the citizens. Nisar’s rebuttal is well-timed and accurate. Good show Nisar! and call back all our peace keepers.
    The pre-dominant factors requiring attention are lawlessness, education, and internal economy, so, Pakistan does not have to BEG for aid. Thanx and SalamsRecommend

  • Neutralist
    Apr 13, 2015 - 11:39AM

    Its not the duty of Interior Minister to give statements on foreign policy issues. Recommend

  • A Mitchell
    Apr 13, 2015 - 2:49PM

    The Saudis could have avoided war by paying off the Yemeni sheiks better and by increasing the number being paid. Payoffs worked well for them before.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Apr 13, 2015 - 3:16PM

    No wonder for UAE is only a public force for Saudi & USA. Every country must bow down to the command of all powerful potentiates of modern world. How can anybody in senses defy them!!!! Recommend

  • خلدون عبد النبي القيسي
    Apr 13, 2015 - 6:23PM

    Everybody knows that Pakistan is a sovereign country and nobody wants to insult or belittle this country. But we, as Arabs, should be disappointed when we have trust in this country as an ally and good friend.

    Arab States does not make offhand decisions and does not based them on sentiments but one thing is sure that the retaliatory diplomatic approach will be maintained in this case, and this necessarily that the Pakistani economy will suffer further in the future. Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Apr 13, 2015 - 10:08PM

    For once I agree with most Pakistanis. They should remain neutral.
    Welcome to South Asian fold.
    Recommend

  • Mohamed
    Apr 14, 2015 - 11:54PM

    uae and gcc were always in pakistan side for years and years and in every crisis, they were the first to support and aid. Ksa only asked for pakistan support. The operation is vital to GCC security and peace as well as for the yemen. However, their decision was not wise and its like prefering iran ( which gaves nothing to pakistan and caused and aided many fights ) over uae. You should not be proud by stabbing the one who was good to you in the back. Recommend

  • The OBSERVER
    Apr 15, 2015 - 11:34AM

    Why Pakistan should not support and aid Saudia and GCC?
    They are always the first when we need help, during flood, drought, earthquake, economic bankruptcy, remittances and etc etc etc etc etc

    While where could we find Iran in this regard. They gave the evidence to USA for the nuclear cooperation by Pakistan. They donot support Kashmir for Pakistan, They were part of the problem during Karzai government and they supported Rashid Dostom and Northern Alliance who are allergic to Pakistan. They are selling us Natural Gas at rates higher than they are supplying it to former Russian states. They are killing Pakistani citizens within Pakistani borders in the name of security ignoring our sovereignty and we are watching and ignoring it in the name of brotherhood.

    So Mr. Nisar as always you are stabbing our friends and supporting the enemies within enemies. Recommend

  • Waqar.A.Malik
    Apr 17, 2015 - 12:46PM

    As a matter of fact we should support Saudi Arabia at this time who had always supported us whenever no one bothered to come forward even.They provided us free of cost oil when world was putting sanctions on us including Iran.everyone knows what support Iran is providing to our secretarian groups..and most of all if we can fight wars shedding our bloods for Americans and British then why not for our Saudi brothers?? we should send our army but demanding full cost for pakistan and relaxations for out workers in gulf and boost our economy.. because Arabs need us at the moment and they would agree whatever we would demand.Recommend

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