Keeping in view the deteriorating situation in Yemen Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered safe evacuation of Pakistanis stranded in Yemen.
According to official statement issued by Prime Minister Office, “people living in Yemen were exposed to all sorts of crimes, as the state system is collapsing so it is ordered to evacuate Pakistanis as frequent ground assault between the protesters and the government forces has put at risk lives of many people.”
According to unofficial data provided by one of the leading English daily of Pakistan, around 560 Pakistanis are stranded in the besieged Yemeni capital of Sanaa. Pakistan’s foreign ministry officials say around 2,145 Pakistanis are currently living in Yemen.
Earlier on Friday morning minister of defense Khawaja Asif told parliament that Pakistan has promised to defend Saudi Arabia`s “territorial integrity” but not to become a part of the war. Parliamentarians will be taken into confidence before starting any military action. Pakistan is not prepared to take part in any conflict that would divide the Muslim world on sectarian lines.
Minister of defense while answering the Opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah said that the promise made by Pakistan is for the security of Saudi Arabia and the fears of the leader of the opposition about Pakistan taking side in the war are baseless.
The opposition leader Khurhsid Shah said, “The government should call a joint session of both the houses of parliament and take parliament into confidence before sending army to Saudi Arabia.”
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has advised the government not to become part of the Yemeni conflict as Pakistan is still facing consequences of the US-led war in the region.
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