By Eye Ali
Has Pakistan joined the Saudi-led war on Yemen or not, it remains classified but declassified stance of Saudi monarchy and Pakistan government seems to be very much interesting and amazing because Saudi says Pakistan was willing to join Saudi-led coalition.
On the other hand, adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that top Saudi officials had contacted the Pakistani leadership requesting it to join the Yemen operation. A decision has not yet been taken, Aziz said.
His Foreign Office said Pakistan was examining Saudi Arabia’s “request” to join the Gulf-led operation against Shia Houthi “rebels” in Yemen. Shiite News may cite the fact that Shia Houthis are neither rebels nor militants but they always participated in democratic political process of Yemen. They became part of the Parliament. Neither are they proxy nor they transnational aims. Hence, nobody can identify them as rebels or insurgents.
The narrative being churned out by Saudis and allied-regimes around the world was designed by Israeli ally U.S. and its Defense Intelligence Agency hired a think-tank to compile a comprehensive report in which they branded Houthi Zaydi Yemenis as insurgents.
Sartaj Aziz further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a high-level meeting this evening to consult his close aides over the matter. He said that a decision on whether to comply with the Saudi request will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.
Earlier during the day, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told reporters at the weekly media briefing in Islamabad that Saudi Arabia had contacted Pakistan on an emergency basis and extended the invitation to join the operation.
She did not specify the details of the request made by Saudi Arabia to Pakistan but said that the matter was being examined.
Aslam said that the Pakistani mission in Yemen has been placed on alert and has been asked to keep in touch with the Pakistan community residing there.
“The Pakistani community has been asked to be ready for possible evacuation,” she further said. The Foreign Office spokesperson said that no decision has been made by Islamabad with regard to closing its mission in Sanaa.
Diplomatic sources told DawnNews that a top Saudi functionary has contacted the top leadership of Pakistan over telephone and sought Pakistan’s cooperation in the offensive launched in Yemen.
Although Pakistani authorities have given a hint of cooperation, they told the Saudis that a final decision will be take after consulting the military. Sources also said the Pakistan permanent mission to UN is also being briefed on this latest crisis.
Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, Saudi officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the US-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge.
Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that the kingdom was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations and that allies Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan were ready to take part in a ground offensive in Yemen.
The amazing and interesting narrative of Saudi Arabia was released by SPA state news agency said that five Muslim countries including Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan want to participate in the Gulf-led military coalition against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.
They have “expressed desire to participate in the operation” against the rebels, which the kingdom dubbed “Firmness Storm”, the state news agency further said.
It is also relevant to add here that Saudi-led invasion of Yemen violates international law and lacks legitimacy. But, Pakistan ruling elites tilt to U.S.-allied Saudis made critics believe that this country sometimes serves as a client state of Gulf monarchies specially Saudis at the cost of its own survival and stability.
Hence, Saudis said on behalf of Pakistan that Pakistan government want to join but Pakistani regime is trying face-value saying it is examining the Saudi “request” that Saudi consider their decision and order for Pakistan. Pakistani regime joined U.S.-Saudi alliance in Afghanistan and still suffer from the far-reaching negative and deleterious repercussions. That alliance hired Pakistan for Talibanisation of Afghanistan with a puppet regime of hate-mongers and fanatics-cum-terrorists in a bid to defame Islam and Muslims. Wait and see what Islamabad decides this time?