Civil Society’s rally to protest govt plan to send army against Yemen

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Monday, 30 March 2015


Karachi-based human rights activists and civil society organisations staged a rally on Sunday in the posh-Clifton area near Three Swords Roundabout in Karachi to condemn the Pakistan’s pro-Saudi foreign policy of the PMLN government against the defenseless people of Arab Muslim country Yemen.

It also asked the government to not attempt to befool the citizens that "the holy land of Saudi Arabia is under threat of attack" because "it is not".

The statement said: "We have not yet forgotten Black September: Gen. Zia-ul-Haq's bombardment of Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan way back in 1970. We are still paying the diplomatic and political price for that disaster." It added: "Thirdly, we are in the midst of internal military operations against militants and terrorist networks such as the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

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The protestors voiced concern over the likely deployment of Pakistan's armed forces in Saudi Arabia at the request of the pro-Israel U.S.-allied Saudi royal family to fight against Yemen.

Civil society organisations have condemned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government and its allies for considering sending troops to Saudi Arabia.

Those who spoke at the rally said that if Pakistan join Saudi-led coalition, it would be a huge strategic mistake in the long term and could cause political, military, economic and foreign policy losses, whereas the ruling party would gain immediate or short-term financial gains.

They also issued a statement on Saturday that said the "mysterious gift" of $1.5 billion given to Pakistan in 2014 and the government's reluctance to be transparent about it then had become clear now. It added that the government should have the courage to be open and honest.

It also asked the government to not attempt to befool the citizens that "the holy land of Saudi Arabia is under threat of attack" because "it is not".

The statement said: "We have not yet forgotten Black September: Gen. Zia-ul-Haq's bombardment of Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan way back in 1970. We are still paying the diplomatic and political price for that disaster." It added: "Thirdly, we are in the midst of internal military operations against militants and terrorist networks such as the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

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