ISLAMABAD–Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is “not in a hurry” to decide whether to join the Saudi-led coalition against rebels in Yemen as Parliament resumed discussion on the issue.
The premier addressed a joint session of the Parliament a day after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif revealed Saudi Arabia wanted Pakistani warplanes, warships and soldiers. Not a single lawmaker has spoken in favour of sending troops.
Saudi Arabia, the Gulf’s main Sunni Muslim power, has asked Pakistan to join a Saudi-led military coalition that began conducting air strikes last month against largely Shia Houthi forces in Yemen.
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif begins a two-day visit to Pakistan on Wednesday and discussions on Yemen are expected to dominate the meetings. The premier also said he welcomed Iranian input.
“Iran should also join the discussion and evaluate whether their policy is correct or not,” PM Nawaz said.
The premier has repeatedly said he will defend any threat to Saudi Arabia’s “territorial integrity” without defining what threat that could be, or what action he would take.