‘Pakistan yet to join Saudi-led alliance’

Pakistan has not joined the Saudi-led 34-nation military coalition of Muslim countries to combat terrorism as it is yet to take a decision in this regard, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said today.
‘Pakistan yet to join Saudi-led alliance’
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Pakistan has not joined the Saudi-led 34-nation military coalition of Muslim countries to combat terrorism as it  is yet to take a decision in this regard, the Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said today.

 "Pakistan is awaiting further details to reach a decision in this  regard (join Saudi initiative)," Aziz told Parliament.

 He said in a policy statement that Pakistan wants a political solution to the Yemen crisis.

 Aziz said Pakistan would continue to follow the policy of non-interference in other countries.

 The statement came after last week Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said Pakistan welcomes the 34-state alliance and will join it. Saudi Arabia last Tuesday announced a 34-member new coalition that  has been set up to fight militancy. Iran, Iraq and Syria were not part of it, giving the impression  that only Sunni countries were invited.

 Analysts believe Pakistan with its sectarian fault-lines can ill  afford any venture which is based on religious considerations.

 Earlier, Aziz was asked by Chairman Senate about whether Pakistan was part of the 34-nation coalition and would it be involved in the crisis in Yemen. Aziz said the details of the initiative were not known and no decision  will be taken without it. 

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