ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has crossed all the limits to appease Saudi Arabia over its reaction against Pakistani parliament’s decision on Yemen crisis, as he will again travel to Saudi Arabia for continuing deliberations on the Yemen conflict.
The prime minister’s close aides have confirmed his day-long visit, even though the government has been holding back an official announcement.
Mr Sharif last week sent his brother (Punjab Chief Minister) Shahbaz Sharif as a special envoy to pacify the royal family
It is pertinent to mention here that Nawaz Sharif has huge business empire in the Saudi Kingdom, which is also considered as the house of In-laws of his daughter.
The visit coincides with developments in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition claimed success in thwarting the threat from Houthi militia and announced the conclusion of the Operation Decisive Storm and start of the next phase that has been condemned Operation Hope.
This will be Mr Sharif’s second visit to the kingdom in two months. He last traveled to Saudi Arabia on when he committed defence cooperation with the kingdom.
The defence cooperation was taken by the Saudi leadership as a commitment to joining the 10-nation alliance it later formed to fight the Yemeni Houthis.
But the posture later adopted by Pakistan on sending troops annoyed Arab leaders.