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Pakistan: We won't join anti-Yemen coalition

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 31, IRNA - Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif says his country has not yet decided on deploying military forces to Saudi Arabia and won't join a Saudi-led coalition in the aggression against Yemen.

Certain western news media have reported that Pakistan intends to send troops to Saudi Arabia to join the anti-Yemen coalition.

Meanwhile, Special Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Tariq Hashemi strongly rejected reports that Pakistani warplanes participate in air strikes against Yemen.

The high–level official said no Pakistani warplane has flown outside Pakistan's air space.

US News Channel CNN reported on Monday that 15 Pakistani war planes are part of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen.

Pakistan is to send a high-ranking delegation consisting of defense minister and foreign policy chief to Saudi Arabia to talk about the Yemen issue.

Following Saudi Arabia's demand from Pakistan to join the anti-Yemen invasion, Islamabad has officially announced that it is committed to defending Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity but has taken no decision to join the coalition against Yemen.

In a military adventurism, Saudi Arabia war planes violated Yemen air space last Thursday and bombarded areas in this country in which scores of innocent people were killed or injured.

The attacks have continued since then.



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