March 27, 2015

Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement"

Video Title: Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement." Source: Ruptly TV. Date Published: March 27, 2015. Description:
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said he strongly opposes Pakistan’s possible military intervention in the ongoing conflict in Yemen after Saudi Arabia intervened on Wednesday, when talking to the media after a business forum in Lahore on Friday.

SOT, Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (in Urdu): "Are we entering into another struggle or a war and becoming part of it? I strongly oppose this, I'm saying this on behalf of the whole of Pakistan. Pakistan is fed up with this and people need peace. If we interfere in this (conflict), at the end the fall out will be in Pakistan. There will be more terrorism and more sectarianism. We strongly oppose this. If Pakistan wants to play a role then we, Saudi Arabia, which is our friend, and Iran which is our neighbour, we should try to help them for a peace agreement."

M/S People chanting (Urdu): "Go Nawaz Go"
M/S People chanting (Urdu): "Who will save Pakistan, Imran Khan, Imran Khan"
Even if there is a new understanding between Saudi Arabia and Iran over regional issues, and the princes and ayatollahs all play nice with each other, there will still be a conflict in Yemen. No peace agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran will change that. Foreigners cannot shape the outcome of the political struggles in Yemeni society with military force. This is not a Sunni and Shiite conflict, or a power game between Saudi Arabia and Iran. At the end of the day, the Yemenis have to find the solutions to their political and territorial problems by themselves.

Imran Khan's remarks are idealistic, but it is good to be optimistic that Pakistan can play a positive role in this crisis. It's nice to dream. But the chances of it happening are below zero. Pakistan can't even create peace within its own borders, and it wants to play peacemaker in Yemen? LOL. Good luck.