Pakistan’s stance


Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz during a briefing to the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee on January 12 stated that matters with Saudi Arabia (SA) have been settled and Pakistan has decided to refrain from deploying troops to SA or any other country. This statement follows SA’s persistent invocations, evident in the flurry of high-profile visits to the country by Saudi officials in the last two weeks, including a visit by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and most significantly Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister for Defence Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, to meet Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to urge assurances of Pakistan’s support in the ‘additional measures’ against Iran that the Saudi Foreign Minister has stated the Sunni kingdom is considering if the Shia state does not change its existing policies.