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A high-level Pakistani delegation, which is presently visiting Saudi Arabia, held talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal in Jeddah today.

The delegation was headed by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and it also included Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

Both sides discussed bilateral relations and regional situation with special reference to Yemen crisis.

Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar program, PML-N leader Maiza Hameed said: “PM’s last statement to clarify Pakistan’s position on Yemen’s issue was very positive. A high level delegation in Saudi Arabia is part of the efforts Pakistan government is making to resolve Yemen conflict. Pakistan with the support of Turkey has been trying to resolve the issue through dialogue.”

PML-N Senator Professor Sajid Mir said: “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy exemplary relations and Pakistan cannot sit silent over threats to Saudi territorial integrity. The U.N. Security Council has approved an arms embargo on leaders of Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels and their key supporters, ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son is a positive gesture.”

Analyst Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal said: “Successful test launching of Ghauri Missile is a great achievement of our scientists. Such successful missile test can stop India’s hegemonic ambitions. This missile is the symbol of Pakistan’s indigenous defence capability. Pakistan only wants to solidify its defensive capabilities. India has been consistently increasing its defence budget to create hegemony in the region.”  

Defence Analyst Lt Gen (Retd) Talat Masood said: “The new missile launched today has enough range. It has capability to carry both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1300 kms. It clearly indicates that Pakistan is on right track to strengthen its defensive abilities. Our engineers and scientists have been involved in indigenous production of new arms and weapon systems.”   

Defence Analyst Dr. Muhammad Khan said: “We should have to congratulate our armed forces, scientists and engineers for successful launching of Ghauri missile. This missile has an ability to accurately hit the target. The credits for such achievements go to the government of Pakistan.” 

Nuclear expert Dr. Nouman Sattar said: “Pakistani scientists and engineers have been indigenously producing missiles. Utilizing local resources, it is a great achievement of Pakistan. This successful test of Ghauri missile would help in maintaining power balance in the region.”


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