A ship of Pakistan Navy carrying 182 people from Yemen arrived in Karachi this afternoon.   These people include 146 Pakistani nationals, while other 36 are foreigners.  The foreigners include Indian, Chinese, and the Philippines nationals.

Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar program of Radio Pakistan, Prime Minister's Spokesperson Musadik Malik said: “Pakistan was the first country to evacuate its citizens safely from Yemen.  PIA and Pakistan Navy played a vital role in this regard on the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Nearly, 960 Pakistani citizens have been evacuated from Yemen so far. Pakistan has been playing a leading role in resolving the Yemen conflict. Pakistan will defend any violation and threat to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity.”

 PMl-N Senator, Lieutenant General (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum said: “Yemen crisis is the hot topic of debate these days. PM has called a meeting of joint session of the parliament to create national consensus among all political parties on Yemen situation. PM has clarified that Pakistan wants to resolve the issue peacefully through dialogue.

Defence Analyst Lieutenant Gen (Retd.) Talat Masood said: “Government should have devised a policy to convince all the political parties to reach on mutual consensus regarding Yemen instability. We must give priority to our national interests. Policy makers will keep in view the betterment of Pakistan while making any decision. Pakistan should definitely support the Saudi Arabia sovereignty and integrity.  

Another Defence Analyst Air Marshal (Retd.) Shahid Latif said: “Turkey and Pakistan with the cooperation of the Muslim countries should play a leading role in order to resolve the on-going Yemen conflict. These issues could never be resolved through war. So, we should have to find a way to resolve the Yemen crisis peacefully. Government should make the decision to interfere in this issue with the consensus of all political parties and keeping in view the national interests.”

Former Diplomat Khalid Khattak said: “Pakistan will support Saudi Arabia if it feels any danger to territorial integrity of KSA. Both Saudi Arab and Yemen are Muslim countries. Fighting with each other and involvement of anti-Islam forces could not be denied there. Pakistan should play a diplomatic role to resolve the issue.”

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