Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left Islamabad for Saudi Arabia for consultations with Saudi leadership on the emergent situation among GCC countries. He is accompanied by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior officials. He will hold talks with the Saudi leadership on the latest situation developing amongst the GCC countries.

Analysts on Telephone:

B.A. Malik (Former Ambassador)

It is the responsibility of Pakistan being an important member country in Muslim World to play its role in resolve such conflicts. Pakistan should carefully play the role of mediator to help end the diplomatic crisis developed in the Middle East. Pakistan should stay neutral and play a positive role. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accompanied by COAS Gen. Qamar Bajwa left for Saudi Arabia to hold talks with Saudi leadership.

Brig (Retd) Harris Nawaz (Defense Analyst)

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and COAS are on a visit to Saudi Arabia in order to defuse an escalating crisis between Arab countries and Qatar. Pakistan has strong ties with Gulf countries and has volunteered to help resolve the crisis. The prevailing situation in Middle East is critical. Turkey can also support Pakistan’s efforts to resolve the conflict through mutual consensus. The conflicts among Muslim nations would only benefit the enemies of Islam. Islamabad enjoys strong relations with Doha which will remain unchanged.

Continued unprovoked Indian ceasefire violations- Deputy High Commissioner of India summoned

Pakistan lodges strong protest with India as two more civilians martyred along the LoC. Indian Deputy High Commissioner J. P Singh was summoned to the foreign office in Islamabad and a strong protest was lodged with him over the recent Indian firing on the LoC. The foreign office says the deliberate targeting of civilians on the part of Indian troops is indeed condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (IR Expert)

International community and United Nations must take serious notice of Indian violations and unprovoked firing at LoC and the Working Boundary in which civilians are being targeted. This act should be strongly condemned as targeting the civilians is the violation of international laws as well. Indian government is frustrated as Occupied Kashmir is getting out of its control so it wants to divert the world’s attention from its policies in the valley. 

Host: Dr. Shoaib Ahmed

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