Pakistan should be negotiator, not participant in Yemen conflict: Imran
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Friday that Pakistan should be playing the role of a key negotiator in peace talks rather than becoming a participant in the Yemen war, in a series of tweets posted on his official Twitter account.
Imran said Pakistan had suffered huge losses in the past due to its involvement in other wars.
He said Pakistan was facing a huge sectarian issue, adding that the country had already suffered enough in ten years.
Saudi Arabia had said on Thursday that five Muslim countries including Egypt and Pakistan want to participate in the Gulf-led military coalition against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, announced earlier a decision to “answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and his people from the aggression of the (Shia) Houthi militia.“
The Kingdom and its allies launched air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters, who have tightened their grip in southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge, the Saudi envoy to Washington had said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.
This was said by Nawaz while chairing a high-level meeting at the PM House to discuss recent developments in the Middle East and to examine Saudi Arabia's request to join the Gulf-led operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen, said a statement issued by PM House on Thursday.
Nawaz said Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attaches great importance to their security.
Earlier on Thursday, the Foreign Office had said Pakistan was examining Saudi Arabia's request.
Sartaj Aziz confirmed that top Saudi officials had contacted the Pakistani leadership requesting it to join the Yemen operation. A decision has not yet been taken, Aziz said.
Party will not tolerate any internal matter or document being discussed or released to the media by
Chairman PTI, Imran Khan, today warned all PTI members including all office bearers, that the Party will not tolerate any internal matter or document being discussed or released to the media by anyone, no matter how senior a position he/she holds.
Khan expressed anger over the recent leakages of documents and statements relating to the Election Tribunal. He condemned the making public and sending to the media, of a confidential communication sent on his behalf by his Chief of Staff, to the Tribunal. He said it was unacceptable that internal proceedings relating to internal party matters are deliberately being made public to harm the Party. Similarly he took serious note of the show cause notice served to a senior party leader being made public. Subsequent revelations in the media of documents/letters to and from the Tribunal, accompanied by statements, were also noted by the Chairman who made clear that the Party would not tolerate such irresponsible and damaging behavior.
Khan made clear that as of today, any Party member including the leadership found leaking out or deliberately making public any internal matters/documents dealing with internal party affairs would be immediately suspended and proceeded against. Khan said PTI is a most democratic Party, but there has to be discipline and confidentiality about internal discussions and proceedings relating to Party matters. Accountability and scrutiny of Party members is an intrinsic part of the PTI, which has set up frameworks for such functions, but this does not mean internal proceedings and decisions can be the subject of an anarchic free-for-all for personal grandstanding and furthering of particularistic interests at the expense of the Party.
Khan reiterated that there would be zero tolerance for such mala fide actions by individuals or groups with immediate effect.
PTI condemns government decision to terminate SSP Nekokara who upheld the law and rules: Dr Shireen
PTI Central Information Secretary, Dr Shireen Mazari, condemned the govt decision to terminate SSP Nekokara who upheld the law and rules and refused to obey questionable govt orders. The govt order to use force against PTI and PAT at D-chowk on 31 August 2014 would have led to a bloodbath similar to the Model Town carnage by the Gullu Punjab police.
Mazari stated that because Nekokara showed loyalty to the state and the citizens; and went by the rules and procedures instead of pandering to the PMLN's personalised rule, he is now being victimised by the PMLN govt. The police force is being destroyed by the PMLN govt which is seeking to make it into a Sharif Gullu force.
That is why people have lost all faith in the police force which will demoralise the force itself in the wrong run. At a time when Pakistan is fighting a battle against terrorism and extremism, it needs a highly motivated and professional police force which can look up to and trust.
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Instead what the PMLN govt is doing is creating an unprofessional police force full of Gullus who pander to the PMLN's personal whims and agendas. Mazari said PTI finds the termination of SSP Nekokara unacceptable and demands the govt allow the police force to function in a professional, non-political manner.