Govt to follow Parliament's decision on Yemen issue: PM
The Joint session of Parliament continues debate on the Yemen crisis on the second consecutive day today.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the government would finalize its policy on Yemen's issue in accordance with the decision of the Parliament.
Addressing the joint session of Parliament in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said we want to seek guidance from the House on the Yemeni crisis and will follow its decision in letter and in spirit.
He categorically made it clear that the government had not taken any decision on the issue so far.
The Prime Minister said the government is taking input by House members seriously and would make their suggestions part of the policy on Yemen.
He said besides parliament, the government has also been in touch with the military on the issue.
The Prime Minister said the government will not conceal any facts from the Parliament.
Nawaz Sharif said the government is awaiting response from the Turkish leadership relating to its meetings with Iran and Saudi Arabia.
He said Pakistan along with Turkey would also consult with the leadership of Indonesia and Malaysia to find out ways to ease on-going tension in Yemen.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan would stand by Saudi Arabia whenever there was any threat to its territorial integrity.
Earlier, the Joint session of Parliament continued debate on the Yemeni crisis on the second consecutive day today.
Taking part in the debate, the leader of National Party, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said the government should pursue diplomacy and dialogue for the peaceful solution of the Yemeni crisis.
He said Pakistan should adopt a sagacious approach for better relations with the entire Arab world and Iran.
Emir Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq said Pakistan, Turkey and Iran should play the role of mediator for peaceful solution of the Yemeni conflict.
He said a parliamentary delegation comprising members from different sects should be formed and sent to different Islamic countries to find an amicable solution to the Yemeni crisis.
Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of the ANP said Pakistan has excellent relations with Saudi Arabia which has always stood by Pakistan in the hour of trial.
Mushahid Hussain Sayed of PML-Q said we feel indebted to Saudi Arabia for its resolute support to Pakistan in difficult times.
He said Pakistan and Turkey should co-host the meeting of Saudi and Iranian Foreign Ministers to remove their misunderstandings against each other.
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah said the Parliament should take a decision on Yemeni issue keeping in view our national interests.
Farhatullah Babar said Pakistan could offer training of troops in difficult terrain, intelligence sharing and medical relief in response to Saudi request for military assistance.
Dr Ghazi Ghulab Jamal said Organization of Islamic Cooperation should play a leading role in the settlement of Saudi-Yemeni conflict.
Ijazul Haq proposed that a meeting of big Islamic countries should be convened to discuss the proposal of establishment of peacekeeping force of Muslims.
Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini noted that conflicts within Muslim Ummah have distorted the image of Islam. He said we should not interfere in the matters of any other country and our main focus should be on resolving our internal problems.
The Parliament will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.