Saudi led military alliance not against any country: Tehmina


Zahid Chaudhary


Pakistan has emphatically stated that it remains determined to the policy of non interference in the conflicts of Muslim countries.
“The Islamic military alliance is not against any country but the terrorism,” Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua was speaking during a meeting of the National Assembly standing committee on foreign affairs here on Tuesday.
The meeting discussed the issue of clearance given to former army chief retired Gen Raheel Sharif to lead the Saudi-led 41-nation Islamic military alliance and Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The foreign secretary was addressing concerns that Islamabad’s decision to allow former army chief to lead the alliance might complicate Pak-Iran ties. She said Pakistan is making efforts to reduce the tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“It is difficult for Pakistan to maintain equal relations with both countries but Pakistan will not go against Iran’s interests,” she held out her assurance.
Raheel Sharif will not act against Iran as the head of the military alliance, she asserted.
She said Oman was the 41st country to have become a member of the alliance.
Vice Chairman of PTI Shah Mehmood Qureshi raised concerns that the Foreign Office’s statements regarding the Saudi military coalition are contradictory and said that Pakistan must make careful decisions regarding the Islamic alliance. He said any tilt towards either side is not advisable.
Chief of Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said why did Pakistan agree to become a member of the coalition without first knowing the aims and objectives of the alliance.
General Sharif is likely to assume command of the anti-terrorism alliance, dubbed as ‘Muslim Nato’, later this month.

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