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Pakistan welcomes Saudi-led anti-terror alliance: PM

Updated Jan 11, 2016 07:41am


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Saudi deputy crown prince and Defence Minister Muhammad Bin Salman along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House.─ Photo: PM House
Saudi deputy crown prince and Defence Minister Muhammad Bin Salman along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House.─ Photo: PM House
It was agreed that the two countries would cooperate in developing an effective counter narrative to defeat the extremist mindset. ─Photo: PID
It was agreed that the two countries would cooperate in developing an effective counter narrative to defeat the extremist mindset. ─Photo: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Muhammad Bin Salman assured him of Pakistan's support if any threat arises to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity.

According to a statement released from Prime Minister House, the prime minister welcomed the Saudi initiative to establish a coalition of like minded Islamic countries to counter terrorism and militancy and informed the deputy crown prince that Pakistan supports all efforts to counter terrorism and extremism.

It was agreed that the two countries would cooperate in developing an effective counter narrative to defeat the extremist mindset.

Video posted by PML-N official Facebook page

The Saudi prince also attended a briefing on the progress and implementation of Pakistan's National Action Plan to eliminate extremism and terrorism from its soil.

Related: Pakistan part of 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism, says KSA

Meeting with COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif met the visiting Saudi dignitary at General Headquarters this afternoon and discussed matters related to regional security and defence cooperation.

During his meeting with Muhammad Bin Salman, the COAS said that Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attaches great importance to their security.

Saudi deputy crown prince and Defence Minister met COAS General Raheel Sharif, COAS at General Headquarters.─ Photo: ISPR Saudi deputy crown prince and Defence Minister met COAS General Raheel Sharif, COAS at General Headquarters.─ Photo: ISPR

About the country's defence ties with Saudi Arabia, Raheel Sharif repeated that Pakistan holds its defence ties with the Kingdom in highest esteem and any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.

According to ISPR, Saudi Defence Minister also expressed similar thoughts and also appreciated Pakistan's armed forces over their successes in fight against terrorism.

The crown prince reaffirmed Kingdom’s full support to Pakistan’s position on all matters.

Saudi defence minister was received by Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defence Minster Khawaja Asif.─ Photo: PID Saudi defence minister was received by Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defence Minster Khawaja Asif.─ Photo: PID

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, who is also the deputy prime minister and minister for defence, arrived here on Sunday for a day-long trip for seeking Pakistan’s support as the kingdom mulls additional steps against Iran.

This is the second high-profile visitor from Riyadh in three days. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Islamabad on Thursday for discussing Riyadh’s tensions with Tehran and the counter-terrorism coalition that Saudi Arabia had announced.

Prince Muhammad followed up on the discussions FM Jubeir had here and met Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

A military cooperation arrangement is expected to be concluded

The Saudi defence minister will also meet meet Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif.

Pakistan had indicated it could consider the Saudi invitation to join the 34-nation coalition (proposed by Riyadh before the Iran spat). However, no official announcement has been made so far.

Islamabad has criticised Iran for reacting to Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr’s execution and sees it as interference in internal matters of the kingdom.

FM Jubeir on Saturday, after an extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, said that Saudi Arabia could take further steps against Iran if tensions were to escalate.

A source said that the Saudi defence minister is expected to conclude a military cooperation arrangement during the trip, which the two sides have been negotiating recently.

Saudi Assistant Defence Minister for Military Affairs Muhammad Bin Abdullah al-Ayish earlier visited GHQ and his trip was followed by discussions at other levels. Details of the cooperation agreement are being kept under wraps.

A military official described intensified contacts as part of Riyadh’s heightened diplomatic outreach to allied countries amid aggravating tensions with Iran.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Rashad Mahmood is also expected to visit Saudi Arabia later this month.


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Raja Farhat Abbas Jan 10, 2016 02:43pm

Saudi Arabia has stood with Pakistan through thick and thin, Iran on the other hand has openly worked with our main enemy in Afghanistan and is doing business with them. I say Pakistan should stand with Saudi Arabia no matter what situation.

Mughni Jan 10, 2016 02:52pm

Pakistan must stay clear of taking side in this spat between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Sooner or later things are going to escalate to a boiling point and then what? We have our own problems and with our limited resources should not go beyond our capabilities.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Jan 10, 2016 03:14pm

Pakistan must remain neutral of this sectarian conflict. We already have our plates full. Pakistan must act as a mediator and nothing more.

Ashfaq Jan 10, 2016 03:16pm

Pakistan criticizeing over Iran for protesting on sheikh Nirm execution while it goes on blasting at Bangladeshi government for thier rulings against leaders of JI.No more double standards plz

Khan Lala Jan 10, 2016 03:18pm

Iran should not intervene in the internal affairs of others. If a country is running smoothly and the government is devoting its resources for the benefits of its public, then why the people are conspiring against government and why should they start anti governmental movements...

Baaligh Jan 10, 2016 03:27pm

But Pakistan has already pledged "unconditional" support. And still claim to be neutral !!

Tariq Amir Jan 10, 2016 03:34pm

We should not be strictly neutral. Put some weight behind Saudia and at the same time make Iranians realize to calm down and do not browbeat Arab States across the Gulf, as they had been doing since revolution.

Hassan Jan 10, 2016 03:35pm

Let Saudi and Iran handle this internal rift by there own. Outside existence might amplify the current situation. Saudi knows how to deal with matter like this. But dont know why they are on the verge of getting Pakistan into this crisis. We are internally engage in our own war, coalition will risk the about to end operation in quandary state.

Common Sense Jan 10, 2016 03:35pm

National security must be seen as our first priority. Stay NEUTRAL!

Akram Jan 10, 2016 03:36pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas "Saudi Arabia has stood with Pakistan through thick and thin, " Without Saudi funding to madrasas, Pakistans terrorist problem would be much easier to tackle.

Jaan Bhittani Jan 10, 2016 03:37pm

Welcome brother..

ENGR. KHAN Jan 10, 2016 03:58pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas : God bless you

Nasiroski Jan 10, 2016 03:59pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas KSA has done the worst damage to this country by constantly sponsoring militancy and extremism in this country, and now they want more blood from us, are we up for sale again?

Mehtab Jan 10, 2016 04:01pm

Saudi ministers visit is a question mark for our neutrality claim. We are involving ourselves an explosive game designed by Washington in the region. Adel Al Jubeir and Mohammad bin Salman are the cards, their arrogance and power lust are the useful tools for their counsellers.

Hala Nasreddine Jan 10, 2016 04:02pm

@Akram What about Iran funding the other side?

Abbas naqvi Jan 10, 2016 04:03pm

If Pakistan joins the Saudi led anti terrorism alliance, it could well be interpreted as siding with the KSA. The public opinion at home seems to be divided suggesting that Islamabad should tread the sensitive path with care and caution. Being our next door neighbor, our ties with Iran are also important. So we need to take a balanced step in dealing with the increasing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arab. The focus should be on deescalating the tense situation in the already destabilizing Middle East region.

waleed KARACHI Jan 10, 2016 04:04pm

Pakistan must back and support Saudia who have always helped us in hard times.

Balti Jan 10, 2016 04:05pm

While safeguarding relations with Aal e Saud and interest of kingdom. Nobody seems to pay heed and feel concerned about feelings of the 30% population of Pakistan. Is this safeguarding national interests?

A Pakistani Jan 10, 2016 04:07pm

I am still at a loss as to WHAT is being defended by these very young Saudis?

Anjum Jan 10, 2016 04:07pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas

Very sad argument indeed. You want to be with them to shed blood all around .

Muhammad Irfan Jan 10, 2016 04:13pm

GHQ: no more bias more 'proxy' more more favoritism...Pakistan has already been paid heavy price for this...stay neutral...there is no need to 'Do More'...!!!

Alpha Jan 10, 2016 04:15pm

@Ashfaq the Bangladesh Embassy still stands tall in Isb... condemning is one thing and setting buildings on fire is another ... i hope u do understand what an embassy signifies

asif Jan 10, 2016 04:18pm

Leave my beloved country alone. Stop exoortingq terrorism to pak. Go back.

khangul Jan 10, 2016 04:20pm

The only role for Pakistan should be mediation between the two countries. And that will be credible only if we stay neutral.

Mohsin Jan 10, 2016 04:20pm

Stepping into the rabbit hole

Pakistani Jan 10, 2016 04:24pm

Pakistan 's doom days are ahead if Pakistan start supporting Saudi Arabia. Big trouble and win win for india.

Melbournian Jan 10, 2016 04:29pm

Pakistan MUST NOT JOIN the so called alliance to fight against no one especially in the Middle East. It is like putting yourself in the firing line. We need to focus on our internal matters which are far more important than siding anyone abroad especially in the Middle Eastern crisis.

Gustaakh Jan 10, 2016 04:31pm

Pakistan MUST stay neutral. Countries look after their own national interests always, especially when it comes to armed conflict.

Shahzad Jan 10, 2016 04:33pm

What about Pakistanis burning USA embassy in 1979. Check the archive:

One should know that action of people can be horrendous, but it is not counted as done by country. Only idiots, ignorant and mentally retards take burning of embassy or killing of people (be of any sect) as deed of government. An act becomes deed of government when government is involved, that can be seen when government does nothing nor condemn an act.

Iftikhar Husain Jan 10, 2016 04:34pm

It is a test of diplomacy for Pakistan government to be or not to be.One mistake will be harmfull to the country and the entire Islamic world. We have to see how clever our government behave in this crisis.

Reh Jan 10, 2016 04:36pm

we must support S.Arab in this though time.

Ahmed Ali Jan 10, 2016 04:37pm

@Ashfaq: Pakistan has condemned attack on Saudi Embassy in wake of Sheikh Nimr's execution. Pakistan is against such acts that only happen in Iran or Bangladesh. Apart from that Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are brotherly countries and we should stay away from being a party, instead act as a mediator.

Ahmed Ali Jan 10, 2016 04:40pm

@Balti: We are paying heed to not only the 20% Shias of Pakistan but also all other people living in Pakistan whose vast majority DOES NOT want to be part of this conflict. And regardless of the fact that Iran in recent times has only stabbed us in the back and Saudis have mostly helped us during this time. And regardless of the fact that both Saudis and Iranis have played their dirty sectarian war through their proxies in Pakistan. Most of us understand and believe that our role should only be that of a bridge or a mediator in this intra-muslim conflict.

Ahmed Awaiz Jan 10, 2016 04:43pm

Guys I am sure govt and army of Pakistan will do what vast majority of Pakistanis want: STAY AWAY FROM THIS CONFLICT. So lets not criticize the govt before any decision is taken. As far as I think, govt has already decided not to side in any armed conflict. I have full trust in the two Sharifs.

Elya Jan 10, 2016 04:44pm

Someone please guide me. Isn't waging war on Yemen, without any mandate, equal to interference in a country's internal matters?

Karamat Khan Jan 10, 2016 04:45pm

No more proxies please. Already Pakistan has paid your oil price in all those gloomy years.

Timeto stopthis Jan 10, 2016 04:46pm

This is going to significantly improve India's ties with Iran. Pakistan needs to be careful while making this decision as it is going to create enemies of all of its neighbours.

N H RANA Jan 10, 2016 04:46pm

They and their masters are architects of this drama Pakistan must stay out of this mess, it is a conspiracy against PAKISTAN'S ARMED FORCES AND OUR BELOVED COUNTRY. FOR GOD'S SAKE STAY AWAY FROM THIS WHIRLPOOL PLEASE.

Meow Jan 10, 2016 04:47pm

Either pakistan is playing with fire

S. A. M. Jan 10, 2016 04:49pm

@Ahmed Ali beautiful. so sensible

sbk Jan 10, 2016 04:50pm

Middle East is the most difficult and dangerous area in the world. Nobody knows who is fighting with whom. Utter chaos. And, it is quick sand to anybody, who goes there. Pakistan, think twice.

Munir Jan 10, 2016 04:51pm

@Akram , You hit the nail on bigger head.

Taimoor khan Jan 10, 2016 04:53pm

@Ashfaq Bangladesh was part of Pakistan and those who the hasina regime is executing were the patriotic Pakistanis who believed in United Pakistan. By all means Pakistan is fully justified in expressing it's displeasure. There is no comparison between Saudi and Bangladeshi situation.

Malik Imran Jan 10, 2016 04:55pm

I think we should not indulge ourselves in someone's else war as we already have bitter experience of Afghan.

khangul Jan 10, 2016 04:58pm

The comments about his coming to Pakistan shows how divisive the whole visit is for Pakistanis. It can get worst if our government takes sides!

Indian Jan 10, 2016 04:58pm

It's going to be golden opportunity for us to strongly bring in differences between Iran and Pakistan. We can take maximum benefit from this.

tango Jan 10, 2016 04:59pm

Long live Pakistan Saudia friendship. Millions of pakistanis are presently working in saudia. Pakistan is earning huge remittances from middle east. While Iran has never supported us. Iran has remained an ally of india for a long time. Its high time to repay Saudia for all favours it did to Pakistan. I stand with Saudia.

A. Ali Jan 10, 2016 05:03pm

Saudia is our all weather friend ... tried and trusted.

Larka Jan 10, 2016 05:07pm

@Akram I hope you have been through to the Masjids/Madrassahs here in KSA, there is no hate preaching or terrorism preaching in KSA. they have strict controls here for every Muazam/Molvi in KSA's Mosque. Then How you come to know KSA is funding Madrassah in Pakistan??

Sharif Khan Jan 10, 2016 05:15pm

Stability of Muslim nations via dialogue is the sensible options. Enough bloodshedding has not produced any results except more bloodshed. Iranians and Saudis working together and finding a solution will prove a better ummah rather than a bitter ummah. Divide and rule fulfil someone else's plans.

irfan Jan 10, 2016 05:15pm

PM Mr.Nawaz should consider sentiments of whole nation before going to take any sides in this iran and saudi conflict. Pak role should be to mediate and resolve the issue. On one hand Pak say they will do mediation. And on other hand they are openly taking saudi side. This is not good for Pakistan. Pakistan always has ignored neighbours. Its time Pakistan should take leading resolving role in this conflict and keep neighbour Iran in confidence. Currently govt is clearly taking side which will be remembered historically as a strategic mistake. As majority of extremist organisations support saudi regime.

sbk Jan 10, 2016 05:15pm

Even Pakistan will fail if it goes to Middle East to fight on behalf of anybody.

Kaikalu Jan 10, 2016 05:16pm

@tango Even SA is friend of india. That should not be your criteria to decide. Russia has been India's most trusted friend. That has not stopped Pakistan trying to enhance the ties. Decide what is good for the country, not who is friend of whom

Sharif Khan Jan 10, 2016 05:17pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas

instead of a brute knee jerk response, we need a clever solution. Pakistan has been through a lot and can do better.

Tahirs Jan 10, 2016 05:19pm

It will be prudent and wise for Pakistan not to take any sides in this rift. Remember Iran,Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are here to stay,while current regime in Iran and family of Saud is bound to change sooner or latter. Let us not be foolish and make Shia-Sunni rift worse in Pakistan by taking sides.

AA Jan 10, 2016 05:21pm

Pakistan should stay away from this...why are we getting our military involved with something that has nothing to do with us...why arent these people going to Indonesia or Malaysia and roping them into this?

Muzaffar Ali Jan 10, 2016 05:24pm

The whole affair is political not religious or sectarian....stay out of this for your own good.

Jabeen Jan 10, 2016 05:35pm

@Jaan Bhittani no brother. Stay at home and leave us be. We are not fighting their fight.

modern citizen Jan 10, 2016 05:46pm

I think Pakistan should take Iran's side. Iran is our neighbor, while Saudi is far away.

Jatt Jan 10, 2016 05:46pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas good I also agree with you brother

Imran Soomro Jan 10, 2016 05:47pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas this conflict is sectarian in nature. And if this situation is fanned further then Shia-Sunni schism has the potential to threat not only peace in the Muslim world but outside it. A person convicted in 2011, was put to death at this crucial time when peace initiatives in Yemen and Syria were under way. What was the need? Any sane person can understand. It is a game of potent.

Aqeel Ahmed Jan 10, 2016 05:47pm

Pakistan must be with Saudi Arabia for couple of reasons that there are two Holy Mosques and the second Saudi Arabia has always extended help to Pakistan. 70% of Pakistani prefer to have good relation with Saudi Arabia

lafanga Jan 10, 2016 05:50pm

If the ball drops and pakistan has to choose then the best and only option is to stand with the Saudis. Pakistan does not have the second option. Staying neutral is the option as long as situation does not escalate drom here.

long live Pakistan Jan 10, 2016 05:51pm

@Hala Nasreddine plz name the other side ..and their actions with proof

Mind Power Jan 10, 2016 05:53pm

If you read between the will see Saudi is using the religious card....but the whole affair is Yemen, In Syria in Libya.....they hated Gadaffi and made sure he left...Ghadaffi was no is a political game and nothing else.

If it was religious why are the Saudis opposing those forces who are fighting Israel?

Rizwan Jan 10, 2016 05:55pm

@Reh Saudi's Got enough money than they ever required to support themselves.. they don't need us.. we shud not dump ourselves in this dark hole..

Amer Jan 10, 2016 05:58pm

Neutrality is nonsense and please dont try to make this a sectarian issue. We have to be fair. Saudis have always supported us and stood by us on all occasions. On the other hand I cannot remember when is the last time Iran did something good for Pakistan.

Zeezoo Jan 10, 2016 05:58pm

@Balti btw what you exactly mean by 30% population..? shias? please have a reality check

Mumtaz Jan 10, 2016 06:03pm

Pakistan must declare his full support to Saudi Arabia. During the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, Kargil Conflict with India,Gowader Port project,every where Iran try its level best to inflict harm to Pakistani interests. To surprise Iranian start shelling across the border in Baluchistan when we have had a tension on our eastern boarders. Those who are in favor on neutrality ,should open their eyes and minds.

ukumar Jan 10, 2016 06:06pm

@modern citizen There is much more common between Iran and Pakistan.

Mind Power Jan 10, 2016 06:07pm

@A. Ali It is a tit for tat relationship.....I need you, so I pay you....don't confuse this for friendship.

Will Saudi still be our friends if we refuse to go? You saw their reaction for Yemen when we refused to participate.

However our geography is tied to and for the next thousand years past and present.

Lala Jan 10, 2016 06:07pm

Let us not sell ourselves to Saudi Arabia once again. Iran is our neighbor. We must not take sides on this matter.

Zafar Ahmed Jan 10, 2016 06:10pm

We have our own problems up to the neck and we should keep distance the bilateral issues between Iran & Saudi Arabia, however should be there in SA if it is attacked by any country. We should in real sense become a sovereign in real sense .

ukumar Jan 10, 2016 06:10pm

@Akram Nicely said

Mind Power Jan 10, 2016 06:13pm

@modern citizen I agree with you one thousand percent....Geography does not move it mind.

Iran is the first country in the world to recognize Pakistan.....that critical period when we needed true friends to support our one day old nation....God bless them for their support at such critical times.

Kamran Jan 10, 2016 06:13pm

Iran should work on issues inside Iran and stop the iron fist rule, let people have some human rights. Iranian involvement in other Muslim countries is not acceptable, mullah regime extending rule in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Saudi did what was best in their country to stop extremist to gain upper hand in their country including both Shia and Sunni counterparts. Stop Taliban type rule in Iran and other Muslim countries. No place for extremist religious rule; same token no place for corruption in Pakistan.

Ashfaq Jan 10, 2016 06:27pm

@Taimoor khan If you can accept, sheikh Nimr was not a terrorist, he was a well known scholar having followers all over the world.What do you think about the worldwide protests against his execution are Iran sponsored? As an obligation to his status as a well known scholar, Iran did what shoud have done , it was love for Nirm from masses of Iran that made iran raise voice against this unjust execution.

M. Saeed Awan Jan 10, 2016 06:27pm

Must be supported

Ali Asghar Jan 10, 2016 06:34pm

Pakistan has its Army deployed on two fronts on Indian and Afghanistan border. We cannot afford to start a conflict with Iran and give India a chance to open another front on Iranian border. We also cannot afford to anger Saudi Arab considering millions of Pakistanis working in Gulf. We should stay neutral and act as mediator to resolve the the conflict between the two parties.

M. Saeed Awan Jan 10, 2016 06:36pm

@Ashfaq For your kind information they were Pakistanis when they supported. There was no Bangladesh then. While AlNimer is Saudi national.

Mian Jan 10, 2016 06:39pm

We are with our own self this time and won't stick out our necks for anyone. Solve your own problems and if you are unable to do so then try not to get into trouble. Thank you.

Aditya Jan 10, 2016 06:41pm

No free lunches in international politics

Montague Jan 10, 2016 06:42pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas may God give you the eyes to see the truth.

Mark Jan 10, 2016 06:45pm

Welcome to Pakistan! We stand with SArabia. Saudis are our deeply rooted, time tested and a brotherly country having helped Pakistan whole heartdly in every hour of needs; be its earthquake,floods or other needs. Today, 3 millions overseas Pakistanis remitting billions of dollars foreign exchange each month are based not in Iran but in S Arabia and 5 Gulf states.Pakistan must act to provide security to these Pakistanis and also these brotherly nations. Lets not forget Iran is more friendlier with enemy country India than neighbour Pakistan.Iran having a pact with India to support THEM in an India-Pakistan conflict & facilitating India to develop & use CHABAHAR port for land trade to Afghanistan to destabilise Pakistan can be a strong justification for Pakistan to strongly side with SArabia.Iran has been hostile to Pakistan for last 35 years having become a bullying and a dangerous nations in the region. Now, Pakistan should rise as a regional power to support friends like SArabia.

Zamir Kiani Jan 10, 2016 06:48pm

This does carry lot of positive hope and a safe future for all regions.

Deterrent and utmost need today.

Tariq Jan 10, 2016 06:50pm

Need of hour is that Pakistan must remain neutral of this sectarian conflict, any amalgamated response would be harmful.

Gojur Jan 10, 2016 06:52pm

@Ashfaq, Bangla leaders were once Pakistanis and are protected by an agreement between the two countries. It is Pakistan's right to speak on the matter. Their alleged crime was to fight for Pakistan in 1971.

Khan Jan 10, 2016 06:55pm

Pakistan should play a role of arbitrary rather than taking one sided stance. Every issue can be resolved through table talks ; why not this one. Also, in our country number of problems already exist i.e. terrorism, sectarian violence , external forces, economic issues many more. Islamabad should invite both Riyadh and Tehran for table talks in Pakistan to come forward with flexible minds and end the coming horrific near situation in middle east.

Agha Asad Raza Jan 10, 2016 06:55pm

This is NOT our problem!! We should stay out of it!!

Taimoor khan Jan 10, 2016 06:56pm

"The crown prince reaffitmed Kingdom’s full support to Pakistan’s position on all matters"

Would that include supporting Pakistan on kashmir issue? Pakistan would expect real, tangible and results oriented support from GGC lead by Saudi Arabia who got considerable leverage over India, in our dealing with India specially on the matter of kashmir.

Agha Asad Raza Jan 10, 2016 06:56pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas Yes you are so correct. These Saudis are responsible for the mess we are in now.

mabbassi Jan 10, 2016 06:57pm

We need to show strong support to Saudi who have backed and supported Pakistan in all times. They are our brothers and we stand with them shoulder to shoulder. Millions of Pakistanis support their families by working in KSA. Iran is already in isolation and anyone taking its side will end up in isolation. No country in the world expect Russia and iraq are at its side.

Gojur Jan 10, 2016 07:00pm

@Elya They were asked by gov of Yemen, same logic that people give when they talk about Syria. The point here is that Iran started the trouble in Yemen. i.e. interfering in other countries affairs.

Gojur Jan 10, 2016 07:01pm

@Elya , Yes, it is. And Iran should have not done it. It needs to stop its proxies.

Taimoor khan Jan 10, 2016 07:04pm

@Ashfaq let's face it how many of us ever known of this person called nimr? Majority of us didn't even know who the person was it's only when iran started making noise over the issue. Out of 47 only 4 were shias rest were sunnis. Why there is no protest by Iran over the deaths of those sunnis. Let's face it, both Iranian and Saudi behaviour have this horrible stench of sectarianism. Anyway, your dragged Bangladesh issue which was quite irrelevant to the story, that's why I replied to your original comment.

Gojur Jan 10, 2016 07:05pm

@Kaikalu, Really.

India is friends with Iran not Saudi. India is investing in Iran chahbhar to hurt interests of Pakistan. India is the largest importer of Irani oil.

Pragamtist Jan 10, 2016 07:05pm

@Ashfaq ...........Excellent!

adnan Jan 10, 2016 07:06pm

Pakistan must stay neutral when it comes to Arabs and Persians.

Gojur Jan 10, 2016 07:08pm

@ukumar , And we have a lot more commonality with Indians, think before you speak.

sohail Jan 10, 2016 07:12pm

@Iftikhar Husain we have already in mistaken side of war. Pakistan already committed suicide attempt by mixing with 34 alliance. Who will change our boarders with Iran Afghanistan. Both are stake holders of our community.

Dom Jan 10, 2016 07:22pm

What is the qualification for this defence minister?

khalid soomro Jan 10, 2016 07:43pm

Pakistan should play as neutral roll to mitigate tension both of rivals. both the country should respect their laws as non-Muslim countries could make most of it . as Pakistan should not be one sided .

Gojur Jan 10, 2016 07:50pm

@Dom, So now you want to question how they appoint their ministers too.

abp Jan 10, 2016 07:50pm

Stay away from jumping into another mess.

kazim Jan 10, 2016 07:54pm

Another futile effort by the inexperienced Prince to counter mighty Iran.

Just want Peace Jan 10, 2016 07:58pm

For God's sake leave the people of Pakistan ALONE. We've been craving for peace which will never come as long we keep getting pulled into foreign conflicts.

Mahesh Jan 10, 2016 08:06pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas 100% agree, Pakistan should commit wholeheartedly to Saudi plans.

ASHFAQ Jan 10, 2016 08:10pm

@M. Saeed Awan So what, if that relation of once being eastern Pakistani gives you right to raise voice, how can you nullify if people from Iran and all over the world raise voice for their beloved scholar, who had no means other than speech to pursue his political and religious objectives

Shakil USA Jan 10, 2016 08:10pm

@Akram - Well said. Saudia should stop funding these madrasas.

Marl Brando Jan 10, 2016 08:12pm

We are NOT taking sides. This is not our war.

sameen bawla Jan 10, 2016 08:22pm

Pakistan should rather act as a mediator. Call for an Islamic Leaders Conference on a regular basis.

Jawad U Rahman Jan 10, 2016 08:24pm

Pakistan's army is for Pakistan's defence only. We cannot make umbrella offers like these to others, especially being a nuclear power. If we enter a mutual defence agreement, it should be two-way. Has Saudi offered to support us unconditionally in any war with India, for example?

Adnan Aziz Jan 10, 2016 08:25pm

A very undiplomatic statement. Threat to Saudi Arabia from whom? Pakistan should better mind its own security.

lucky Jan 10, 2016 08:26pm

Saudi Arabia has stood with Pakistan through thick and thin, Iran on the other hand has openly worked with our main enemy in Afghanistan and is doing business with them. I say Pakistan should stand with Saudi Arabia no matter what situation.

NA Jan 10, 2016 08:28pm

Pakistan should stand with its friend in this time of need; Iran has always stood against Pak interests... Those who don't show devotion to their friends in their time of need don't inspire devotion for themselves!

bryan Jan 10, 2016 08:29pm

@Timeto stopthis India has fantastically never sided with anyone not now but in the past too. It was the leader of NAM non aligned movement. India can be friends with Saudis, Iran and Israel all at once.

Vijay Jan 10, 2016 08:30pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas You just admitted Iran is smarter than Saudi.

Vijay Jan 10, 2016 08:31pm

@Khan Lala Tell that to US critisizing Assad for his "handling" of internal situation.

Engr. Khan Jan 10, 2016 08:33pm

Representatives of majority (Parliament) will decide what is good for Pakistan. Opinion by few at this forum is wasting of time.

Agha Ata Jan 10, 2016 08:33pm

Pakistan should remain neutral in any other two countries' confrontation.

watson Jan 10, 2016 08:34pm

With trillions of $$ of the most advanced and sophisticated war equipment at their disposal the brotherly Saudis need not worry unless they do not know how to use them and want the Pakistan forces to bail them out and protect them, so brotherly country why do you pick up fights.

T Jan 10, 2016 08:34pm

Saudi's diplomacy of throwing money at a problem isn't the solution. Both Iran and SA leadership are stupid to create such a stir in the region. Both are Muslim countries and must set a better example for entire world by doing close cooperation and resolving Iraq and Syria issue doing productive and cooperative measures to improve the lives of millions

Kaikalu Jan 10, 2016 08:36pm

@Gojur I think buying Iranian oil is due to it being cheaper. Why should India dump Iran, just because SA or Pakistan has difference of understanding with Iran. India won't conduct its business based on how pakistan feels about it ( not does Pakistan on how India feels) I feel, Pakistan should not make an emotional judgement. It has to fully assess the implications - long term at that - before it takes a call. Being neutral may be a better option for now. It has to keep in mind that Iran ( Persia) has a history of 1000s of years of civilisation and is going to be Pakistan's neighbour even after oil runs dry in SA

irfan Jan 10, 2016 08:43pm

To remain nuetral is the best policy. COAS and FO should not make statements for further escalation. Statements could be such that they show Pakistan's neutral stance only.

Changez_Khan Jan 10, 2016 08:44pm

Excellent response from General Raheel. So this kind of response coming from the greatest General of Pakistan is the most powerful statement KSA can get.

Solute to General Raheel and Pak Armed Forces. The nation supports you.

Alien Jan 10, 2016 08:44pm

If Any Point Pakistan has to choose who to support then must be KSA............

Shahid Jan 10, 2016 08:45pm

The times we live in requires consolidation and not any type of division. All of this smells disaster. Everybody needs to cool down, take a few deep breaths and seriously evaluate the consequences from every aspect for all. Pitting brother against brother is never helpful and siding with one or the other brother is worse. Besides being neighbourly and brotherly, be counted as one UMMAH; that is what we are perpetually reminded for our own good not only here now but also in the hereafter.

Mike London Jan 10, 2016 08:48pm

I am neutral and planning to sit back and watch the show.

PK Jan 10, 2016 08:50pm

Who is running the foreign affairs of Pakistan?

Farhan Jan 10, 2016 08:55pm

Iran has never threaten the Harmain (holy sites), rest boiling matters are diplomatic issues. So Pakistan should not take a part in this WW3 ignite. If we want to make our part try to bring them close for friendship handshakes.

Zak Jan 10, 2016 08:56pm

Pakistan will train and supply arms but will not involve in armed conflict outside its own territory.

Malik Jan 10, 2016 09:00pm

Pakistan must stay neutral as both are our muslim brothers but pakistan and all muslims for that matter should make sure to protect the hijaz region which includes Makkah and Medina

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Jan 10, 2016 09:05pm

Pakistan should not participate in this MAD coalition!

Kuaz Jan 10, 2016 09:06pm

I think Pakistan can play a major role in bringing an end two iran and Saudi Arabian misunderstanding each other etc.. Both those countries are involved in propaganda against each other. Pakistan can help both Iran and Saudi to stop the hostility against each other..

kalim Jan 10, 2016 09:07pm

Pakistan should not be neutral but to play an active role to solve this issue by negotiation. Saudi Arabia has its own importance but Iran is Pakistan,s neighbor.

N_Saq Jan 10, 2016 09:09pm

Pak has made its point that it will evoke a strong response from her if KSA's territorial integrity is threatened. It is a general and wise statement that implies to all countried and Pak did not threatened or single out Iran directly.

Pak should now privately behind the scenes force the two countries to sort out its differences through talks. Time to move on folks and focus on the development of Pak.

Secular Pathan Jan 10, 2016 09:10pm

Saudis treat Pakistanis like trash, I cannot even describe their mentality towards Pakistanis and Western people. We should have some self respect. I am not supporting Iran either as it is a theocratic state but if you look at people-people relations, Iranians treat us much better than Saudis, they are more polished and friendly.

Samina Jan 10, 2016 09:13pm

It will be a historic mistake! Let us stay out of this mess!

Keti Zilgish Jan 10, 2016 09:18pm

Poverty has always been directly caused by the arrogance, insecurities, greed and guilt of the rich no matter where.

ENGR. KHAN Jan 10, 2016 09:20pm

Strong response to threat against Makkah and Madina is prime responsibility of every Muslim

kublai Jan 10, 2016 09:22pm

there goes your neighbourhood..good luck..u guys NEED someone to tell you what to do

ENGR. KHAN Jan 10, 2016 09:25pm

@Mughni : Don't worry only human resources will be utilized and in turn not only the soldiers but Pakistan will benefit and economy improved manifolds

Amjad shah Jan 10, 2016 09:25pm

Long live PAK-SAUDI friendship We r more than friends,more than power can harm the friendly relations between PAKISTAN & SAUDIA

Amin Jan 10, 2016 09:30pm

Iran should not be interfering or igniting internal matters. Next they will start interfering in our matters. Already Iran supports anti-Pakistan elements within Afghanistan. We have to solidify and build strategic alliance so peace can prevail.

Atam Vetta Jan 10, 2016 09:31pm

@Mark. Please, please do not debase yourself by making a false claim that Iran has a pact with India to support her in case of Indo-Pak conflict. Perhaps, you do not know that the KSA also has good relations with India. The late King of the KSA was the Chief Guest at Red Fort on India's Republic Day, a few years ago.

hyat Jan 10, 2016 09:31pm

we should stand with KSA because of Harmain Shareefain. no matter they have democracy or not.

Kashif Jan 10, 2016 09:31pm

Oh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We, the average Pakistani is 100% with you no matter what. Pakistan is the Super Power of the Ummah. We are here for you unconditionally!

Justice Jan 10, 2016 09:38pm

Saudi government has never taken tougher stance against India on Kashmir issue, then why we should support monarchy dictatorship in Saudi Arabia?

Jatt Jan 10, 2016 09:40pm

@Secular Pathan there is hardly any Pakistanis in Iran so you cannot compare.

AW Jan 10, 2016 09:43pm

The Prime Minister and the COAS should not make any commitments whatsoever without approval and consent of the public which is in no mood for Pakistan to get involved in third party disputes. We have more than enough problems of our own. We should remain focused on our own national interests and should not be guaranteeing other country's integrity which is not our business. Supporting the Saudi rule is even less of a consideration because that country does not have a representative government. Our foreign policy should be to cultivate relations with the people of foreign countries and not with the dictators. In regards to Iran, it should be the same policy and we should have relations with the Iranian people and not with their religious establishment

IMTIYAZ AHMAD KAR Jan 10, 2016 09:44pm

@Kaikalu the only good thing for the country is that you should be an astute master of diplomatic chess board.

osman khan Jan 10, 2016 09:50pm

Stay out of it. It is NOT our fight. Let the Sheikhs fight their own fight. It is none of our concern. We can not split our population into half to placate these people.

Pakistani Jan 10, 2016 09:50pm

Why Pakistan always goes against its immediate neighbors to please someone sitting far-off. What a country whose foreign policy is based on haboura hunting.

SYED ALI RAZA SHAH Jan 10, 2016 09:53pm

First Adel Al jubeir, now bin Salman. Who is next to come Mr King himself. One thing is clear Saudi senses impending dagner hovering around the house of saud. Pakistan should not get involve in this mess.

Zaheer Jan 10, 2016 09:54pm

Now, this is clearly 'taking sides'! This is so not what the doctor ordered!

Omar Jan 10, 2016 09:56pm

If Saudi Arabia is serious in countering terrorism, it should stop funding maddressahs in Pakistan and elsewhere to promote it's own ideology and stop sowing shia sunni hatred across the Muslim world

k k tiwari Jan 10, 2016 09:56pm

Once upon a time Turkey IranPakistan were in defense treaty ! Am i right

Shabbir Ahmed Jan 10, 2016 09:57pm

Pakistan is going in wrong and dangerous route. We are indirectly warning our neighbouring Iran. This will result in angering not only Iran but also Russia, China, Iraq, Syria and Libya. We have not learned any lesson of our friendship with NATO. Friendship with Saudi Arabia will endanger us and ISIS and Al Qaeda will find it easy to pounce upon us because of easy target. Saudi Arabia is coming now for friendship when their economy is tumbling down. Not even one Pakistan is exempted from hanging on account of our great friendship. I wish we Pakistanis will not do another mistake of carrying Saudi Arabia as piggy back.

awais Jan 10, 2016 10:00pm

Saudis are playing with fire and we must not become a part of it

Iran Jan 10, 2016 10:04pm

If Pakistan was Shia majority would it have supported Saudi Arabia? it would have definitely supported Iran.

Ashfaq Jan 10, 2016 10:08pm

@Ahmed Ali Iam sure you know very well as till now Pakistan has sacrificed more than hundred thousand citizens.As a Pakistani my question is who were these terrorists and then who sponsored, nurtured , financed them and from where they got their HEAVENLY spiritual diet? If it was Iran I will not take a micro second to say Iran back stabbed us, If you have courage to accept go ahead!

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:13pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas the Saudis have done more for Pakistan then Iran will ever do. And people forget that Iran tried to destabilize Pakistan back in the early 80s. They were sternly warned by the Zia. The tried again in during the time of BB.

Ask any ISI person and they will give you the details. Who can forget the banned TNFJ? The wanted to establish fiqh Jafari all over Pakistan.

Dr Vimal Jan 10, 2016 10:14pm


Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:15pm

@The Reluctant Fundamentalist this is not a sectarian conflict. It is an attempt by Iran to circle saudi Arabia on three sides. Wake up. They are conducting a proxy war. Why is Iran supporting Bashar who has massacred sunnis by the thousands? Why provide arms and support to the minority Houthis in Yemen? Iran is more fasaadi than Israel.

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:17pm

@Mughni when things escalate we better be on the right side. We cannot and should not support Iran. They have never proven to be worthwhile friends.

They are mullahs and they only run till their little masjids.

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:21pm

@Akram without saudi money you would not be writing in this forum. KSA has taken care of entire budgets for us. Written checks and never asked for interest on any thing.

Secondly this maddareasa crap is blown out of proportion. If you take the top tier of terrorist then you need to close down the London school of economics because most if not all the top terrorist had some connections with that school.

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:22pm

@Common Sense staying neutral means what? That you don't care. So the next time we need a billion or so dollars the Saudis will say we are going to stay neutral.

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:23pm

A friend in need is a friend indeed. The Saudis need us. And anytime we have needed them they have answered with labbaik.

Are we to turn our backs now?

aman Jan 10, 2016 10:26pm

History show us Iran is always good for back stabbing. Pakistan should openly help saudia

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:29pm

@Ashfaq Pakistan's stance on Bangladesh is based on a deal made back in 1974. Pakistan recognized Bangladesh after that deal which specifically stated that there would be no criminal prosecution against anyone who assisted the Pakistan side during the conflict.

The Bengals went back on the deal. First know your history then post.

Nimr was saudi citizen and tried under Saudi law. He was not an Irani. Iran is flaming the fire of sectarianism and blaming it on others.

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:30pm

@A Pakistani then go find out. So they have to be old and decrepit to defend anything?

ukumar Jan 10, 2016 10:30pm

There are larger Muslim countries than Pakistan such as Indonesia, Bangladesh and even India. Why is KSA not asking for help from them. They all will defend religious sites. However, KSA is looking for support of brutal dynasty in pretext of religion. Only country that is in debt is Pakistan. KSA is looking for payback. Please concentrate on what is good for Pakistan in long term.

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:35pm

@Shahzad the Iranian government has yet to condemn the taking of the US embassy. Then they have to arrest the people. Iran has always attacked embassies.

Secondly, perhaps you were not even born at the time of the attack on the US embassy in ISB. It was during the takeover of the Kaaba, voice of Iran announced that the Americans in league with the Israelis have attacked the Kaaba and taken over it.

This was broadcast all over Pakistan. Once the matter was sorted our Pakistan became an ally of the US.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U. S. A Jan 10, 2016 10:36pm

@ENGR. KHAN "Strong response to threat against Makkah and Madina is prime responsibility of every Muslim" Absolutely agreed upon but Makkah & Medina have zero threat from Iran as that country would sacrifice all that it has to defend the twin holy cities rather than attack.

Zubaida khan Jan 10, 2016 10:37pm

@Imran Soomro you do not delay justice, otherwise how can it be called justice if you delay it for some political reason.

Khanra Jan 10, 2016 10:41pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas

Iran stood against pakistan? When? Did you also ever think that Pakistan three itself into the hands of Saudi Arabia under Zia? And hugged even tighter during Afghan war? And Saudis, those people we love, supported Saddam against Iran during that Iran Iraq war where Iraq poison gassed innocent Iranians? Prior to 1979 Iran was a great friend, and the Iranian revolution isn't the only explanation why things changed. Our own foolish actions pushed them away.

Khanra Jan 10, 2016 10:43pm

Nothing is new in this announcement. Pakistan is offering support only if Saudi Arabias territorial integrity is threatened. Pakistan has said that for decades.

NotSurprised Jan 10, 2016 10:49pm

Pakistan MUST first stand for itself!! ALL other countries come second!!

Ali Jan 10, 2016 11:07pm

@Khan Lala Yemen was internal affair of Yemenis. Why did Saud attack the Yemenis and killed innocents?

Zahid Jan 10, 2016 11:09pm

Iran is not attacking saudi where as saudi has been funding extremism around world esp. Pakistan, syria etc which are already in crisis. Just because they are an oil rich kingdom they have right to bomb yemen and buy out pakistan?

Nighat Jan 10, 2016 11:10pm

@T Thank you for your wise insight! Muslim countries should cooperate and help strengthen each other. e.g. Iraq and Syria for Peace and Security for these citizens. Instead millions are in hardship and fleeing to Europe many of them dying on their way.

While fighting we only strengthen the highly developed Western industrial nations and their economies. Namely countries that supply and earn with arms to fight and kill each other. This way both sides are losers!

ENGR. KHAN Jan 10, 2016 11:15pm

@Zubaida khan : Comments of Zubaida Khan are convincing and possess strength

Nighat Jan 10, 2016 11:18pm

@Mike London It's an expensive 'show' you'll be watching. The fighting nations will be paying through their nose, while the nations producing and selling weapons will be laughing at us fighting and becoming wealthier.

Don't watch any shows, please engage yourself for PEACE in this World.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Jan 10, 2016 11:26pm

Let us give PEACE a chance!

kalim Jan 10, 2016 11:46pm

Saudi Arabia, UAE and the GCC countries has always stood by Pakistan and we should stand by them in their difficult time. Iran has always worked against Pakistan and cannot be trusted.

Ali Jan 10, 2016 11:47pm

@ENGR. KHAN threat to Makkah or Madina or threat to Al Saud family you're talking about. Both should be distinguished

Changez_Khan Jan 10, 2016 11:47pm

Excellent move by Pakistan for standing next to KSA.

Danish Mehmood Jan 10, 2016 11:50pm

Pakistan is being tactful and sensible thing time around to strike a balance between Pakistan Iran and pak saudi ties.

Asim Mirza Jan 10, 2016 11:59pm

calm down fellow Pakistanis, our leadership will manage the balancing act as we did it in the last year and in Iran Iraq War. Our major concern is that we should not lose focus on NAP and do not eradicate the menace in our cities and towns. Those guys are very adaptive with the situations and are already being resurrected as defenders of Harmain Shreefain; we should not let them spared

Kaspar Jan 11, 2016 12:04am

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread! Our leaders are already vocal about 'defending Saudi Arabia's integrity.' Defending whom and against whom? Saudi Arabia or the Saudi royal family? There is no threat to Saudi Arabia, though there may be threat to the royal Saudi family and the mindset they repreent. They have no history of fighting against Israel. They have a history of suppressing minorities, however, and interfering in weaker Arab states and financing madressahs that spread religious extremism. The wise thing would be to stay clear of such disputes. Antagonisig Iran would be unwise because it might have serious consequences for our security! interests.

Alethia Jan 11, 2016 12:04am

Looks like a balanced decision by the Pakistani leadership. Ensure the territorial integrity of KSA and Holy sites & work toward helping to settle the disputes between the nations of the Ummah. It shows wisdom and sagacity of Pakistan's leadership. Looking forward to hearing about the mediation of the KSA and Iran dispute by Pakistan -a truly great nation!

Pakistaniloveindia Jan 11, 2016 12:09am

Both my brothers Iran and saudi , we will bring them on same table and talk like brothers and fix issues as civilized society. Long live pakistan , Iran, Saudi Arabia. Love you all. Peace

A. Ali Jan 11, 2016 12:10am

.. what other option was in hand Mr PM. ?.

goodhopes Jan 11, 2016 12:16am

@Raja Farhat Abbas Its not who is standing with whom, but is at stake. Remove oil from the equation and you'll find the Middle East to be the most peaceful region on the planet. What we have seen in recent history is religion being used to get what is at stake and that is bottom under current.

bakht Jan 11, 2016 12:18am

If we get upfront retirement of all our foreign debt then we can help

Skeptic Jan 11, 2016 12:19am

@Zubaida khan That's not true.

Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian PM, condemned the attack on Saudi Consulate the same day it occurred and urged restraint. Most Iranians I know were stunned at the speed at which the ransacking took place and even more alarmed at the over-reaction of the Saudis and other GCC countries - none of whom have condemned the execution of the Shiat cleric incidentally!

It takes two to tango.

Merchant Jan 11, 2016 12:20am

Supporting KSA, or more appropriately the Al-Saud family, is a clear admission of slavery by Nawaz government who has literally sold our country to Saudis. We MUST stay clear of this mess in general and Saudis in particular.

gerry dcunha Jan 11, 2016 12:29am

We have not heard Iran's point of view on Pakistan saudia Arabia joint statement on the visit of two senior Saudi ministers to Pakistan in two days

Sonny Afridi Jan 11, 2016 12:29am

The agreement is we'll protect the holy land/sites but not take sides in some ridiculous and devastating proxy war.

M Nasir Jan 11, 2016 12:37am

@Balti what 30% population

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 11, 2016 12:42am

WOW! Saudi rulers coming to Pakistan. Just two days back its Foreign Minister sought Pakistan support in case if guns boom. Alhamdolillah, Pakistan is so militarily strong that Saudia had to reach us.Today Deputy Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister cum Defense Minister flew in Islamabad and met PM and Army Chief. Saudia has always helped Pakistan and even it gave asylum to incumbent PM Mian Nawaz Sharif when he was deposed by President Gen Pervez Musharraf so from moral point of view Saudia has some personal claim over Nawaz in any case. I simply hold back myself appreciating staunch stand Nawaz took when he refused Saudi Arabia not to send our troops to fight in Yemen. Pakistan is as a sovereign country so we cannot not be commanded by others. Command and help are two independent entities not substituting each other. Saudia has a right on us which we must reciprocate. Long live Pakistan-Saudia friendship. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi/Kuwait/ Mobile +965-66229897

kirther Jan 11, 2016 12:49am

Countries in Islamic block must stop interfering in each other internal matters, especially on religious issues. Why should any country pursue the policies of Khumani or Saudi Arabia, each country must device its own policies and statragies according to their national aspirations, Khumani caused great harm to the people of Iran and the region by inducing religious extremism in the region, even Saudi Arabia in this modern age must amend their policy of mixing religion with international politics. The idea of Iranian or Saudi block is counter- productive instead a unified block of Islamic countries will prove to be very potent force in world politics. The split based on religious sectarianism devised by individuals no matter how exalted or pious cannot be considered as truly Islamic.

Baree Jan 11, 2016 12:55am

@Ashfaq You are comparing oranges with mangoes. Nimir was a born Saudi national and was tried and punished under Saudi law. The people that were and are being executed in Bangladesh were accused of alleged crimes when they were Pakistanis ! Bangladesh and its laws did not exist at that time. Your comment is based on a lack of understanding of this difference.

M Nasir Jan 11, 2016 01:02am


Iran holds an implicit threat on, based on religious affiliations of a small minority. Logically, majority of People, cannot allow this blackmail.

Pakistan must side with KSA--in exchange for firmer defense and economic pacts. KSA must buy Pakistani military equipment, JF-17s , Al- Khalid tanks, which are good for insurgencies.

Pakistan must also ask for exclusive labor contract with KSA and GCC and insist on exclusion of Indian and Western labor. This will improve the lot of Pakistani people, while defending the Muslims. Furthermore, Pakistan must ask for citizenship reforms for Pakistanis born in KSA and GCC countries, along with the removal of restrictions of having an Arab silent partner.

Pakistani, public has to realize that Iran does not even hold any such economic or security promise for Pakistan. It is better to have hostile relations with Iran than to have friendly relationships with them, which they abuse to stab Pakistan in the back.

Baree Jan 11, 2016 01:04am

@Common Sense It is in the interest of our national security that we side with those who were our friends in need and not those who are in cohorts with our enemies

Baree Jan 11, 2016 01:06am

@Balti What 30% population ?

sajid Jan 11, 2016 01:07am

We should support what is better for Pakistan, Our million people are working in gulf states, keep in mind to take further step.

Irfan Jan 11, 2016 01:09am

Welcome al saud. Pakistan is aways be with you to save makkah and madina. You deserve to be custodian of two holy mosques.

M. asghar Jan 11, 2016 01:13am

Pakistan must try to be an active mediator between SA and Iran to bring calm to the region by working with both the sides, because favouring a side will be detrimental to its interests.

Baree Jan 11, 2016 01:15am

@Elya They had the invitation of the democratically elected govt which the Huthi rebels were trying to overthrow.

independentthinker Jan 11, 2016 01:41am

When the rest of the world is condemning Saudi Arabia for its human rights violations and its indiscriminatory attacks on the civilian population in Yemen, Pakistan decides to offer unconditional support to them..... When will we learn that truth will always prevail and we could be putting ourselves in harm's way, just by supporting the wrong regime. Saudi Arabia has not shown any mercy, when it comes to prosecuting Pakistanis!

Farhan Jan 11, 2016 01:49am

@Anjum Iran will create problems for Gwadar. No more Iranian gas pipeline. Yemen will block us in sea. We are not only having neighbours who dislike us but now their neighbors will also. Scary!

Khalid (UK) Jan 11, 2016 01:49am

This is an issue that has to be resolved with the "GCC" and that means "arabs themselves sort out their own mess at their door step" We are not in the middle east, therefore "its their problem" "Buy mercenaries from the West" that's what the arabs are good for! and its about time that "your own people are used for "cannon fodder" rather than "entangling others to do your dirty work"

Philosopher (from Japan) Jan 11, 2016 01:52am

Finally the deal is confirmed.

Rashid Jan 11, 2016 02:08am

First, Pakistanis need to know Gulf states have zero moral or strategic interest in seeing a prosperous Pakistan. If you have any doubts in that you can see how Pakistanis are treated in those states. Plus, one gulf state went as far as to threaten Pakistan when refused military support in Yemen.

Pakistan needs to do what is in Pakistans national interest not Saudi national interest. And they need to make sure the Saudi as well as other gulf states fully understand and respect that.

Having said that, Pakistans national interest should be to assure safety of all Pakistanis. Meaning the secretarian divided created by Gulf states and Iran, will in no way shape or form spillover into Pakistan. Any attempt to do so by any of these states needs to be treated as a provocation against Pakistan since it's a massive security threat.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Jan 11, 2016 03:14am

@Zubaida khan "Iran is more fasaadi than Israel". You are the only one voice among thousands expressing in these forums whose tone is so venomous and laced with sectarianism that you appear so blatantly blind to the realities. You find Iran more 'fasadi' than Israel and fail to see how openly and deeply Saudi Arabia is aligned with Israel. Their support is zero for Palestine, neither moral nor financial and they never support Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir.

sajid Jan 11, 2016 03:45am

Pakistan is willing to defend the territory of Soudi Arabia and it's existence and willing to spill the blood of Pakistani soldiers. What I want to know is what is Saudi Arabia Doing for Pakistan waste and invest Hugh amount in the western countries . and buy their wepons . what do they buy from.Pakistan They only use Pakistan when they need it. the Pakistani leadership should demand more from them it's only fair and it's only right.

Khan- Pakistani Jan 11, 2016 04:41am

We take so much favors and benefits from KSA , therefore we are naturally KSA best friend and loving brother . KSA security is our security and as our security was always KSA security .

Khan- Pakistani Jan 11, 2016 04:45am

PPP and PTI are playing with fire by opposing Pakistan support for KSA. They want PML N to fell to the ditch and fail to maintain the cordial relationship with KSA . They would have helped KSA but they are opposing to make sure NS commits the most terrible mistake in short term but refusing to help KSA would give everlasing damage to Pakistan !

Khan- Pakistani Jan 11, 2016 04:48am

@Ashfaq Totally two different cases as Bangladesh is executing those against whom they promised not to prosecute. 45 tears have passed and still enemity for Pakistan as Bangladesh is completely under the influence of India .

Khan- Pakistani Jan 11, 2016 04:49am

@Akram Very bad corelation !

Ayaz Jan 11, 2016 05:30am

SA needs to start democratic reforms and involve its citizens in building their country. Nobody can save SA except its own citizens. The SA Kings need to think about the welfare and freedom of SA citizens if they want to continue their rule.

sami Jan 11, 2016 05:41am

@Raja Farhat Abbas Taking sides and getting in the middle of OPCs (other people's conflicts) has brought us nothing but unmitigated misery. We should completely stay out of all such things and play the role of the mature mediator instead.

sami Jan 11, 2016 05:47am

@Khan Lala Everyone has a right to peacefully protest and air their grievances without the fear of getting their heads chopped of. Boundaries do not give you the right to treat people however you please. You still have to behave in a civil manner and respect the basic tenants of humanity. No one should ever lose their life for speaking out.

sami Jan 11, 2016 05:49am

@Baaligh Thats diplomatic double speak. It is a sort of support for KSA in case it is being over-run, but at at the same, it is a signal to Iran that we are not against them.

sami Jan 11, 2016 05:50am

@Tariq Amir Hey Tariq, climb back out. You have gone too far down the wrong end.

sami Jan 11, 2016 05:56am

@Reh What tough time are you talking about. KSA is creating its own mess and now they are trying to bring Pak in there to save their skin. Have we not suffered enough with these same guys financing extremism in Pak?!

sami Jan 11, 2016 06:03am

@tango In other words "follow the money"? No thank you!

sami Jan 11, 2016 06:06am

@Larka Because it is the worst kept secret in the world!

Zubaida khan Jan 11, 2016 06:23am

@Skeptic i was talking about the attack on the US embassy in 1979. Khomeini endorsed it. Iran has never condemned or apologized.

Gawal Mandi Ya Jan 11, 2016 06:46am

Pakistan cannot and should not interfere in other countries affairs,Pakistani leaders have their own countries threats and territorial integrity to worry about.

krisnan Jan 11, 2016 07:03am

@Raja Farhat Abbas don't worry sharifs don't have that guts.

Abdul Jan 11, 2016 07:05am

Except oneness of voice for eradicating the uneasiness and hyper political restlessness in the middle east Muslim world can not move a step toward the triumph of prosperity and progress.Henceforth anti terrorism alliance a Saudi based campaign to encounter the extremism and terrorism highlight an appreciative mobility of collective security in the Muslim world,

Zamir Kiani Jan 11, 2016 07:35am

Welcoming outcome!

Chicago Jan 11, 2016 07:35am

I am sure the people who want Pakistan to side with Saudis just because they 'think' Saudis are Pakistan's friends would say a big NO if asked the same question about siding with USA in their wars, remember who is a better friend of Pakistan than Saudis. Thats because they either have no sense of justice or they are simply ignorant people.

Nomi Jan 11, 2016 07:51am

No side taking. Be neutral . Also make clear KSA territory is the origin of Islam. No compromise in safe guarding KSA.

Azhar jamil Jan 11, 2016 07:56am

Our forces are fighting for others since 1979. Afghan war and now war on terror, we have much experience. And may be now war on sectarian grounds. Any personality here to rethink for our national interest? Answer is no.

irfan Jan 11, 2016 09:08am

i am totally disagree with many , Iran is our neighbor country and pakistan does not afford any other issues with neighbor countries , KSA is one side but Iran is important more then KSA... we must support both but Iran first .... KSA is very kind to us but we Iran is very Important ..

Kabeer Jan 11, 2016 07:06pm

@Zubaida khan Saudi Monarchs have provided every chance to Iran to encircle them Saudis are suppressing its own people, bombing innocent Yemenis, crushing the will of majority people in Bahrain supporting terrorists in Iraq and Syria Saudis have left not left any neighbour unhurt

MJK Jan 11, 2016 11:11pm

Sharifs owe personal loyalty to Saudi Royals, after all they sheltered sharifs for 9 years. Let us hope Gen. Raheel Sharif has enough sense to keep Pakistan out of Arab-Iran conflict. Our next door neighbour is Iran, let us not start a sectarian conflict in Pakistan.